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“The Abilene” Model: 20′ Container Home For Sale, $17.5K


This is such a great opportunity to get into tiny living without spending a huge fortune up front! This 20′ container tiny house, named “The Abilene,” is finished inside and out with electricity, plumbing, siding, and a mini-split. All it needs is furnishings, kitchen appliances, and decor to make it the perfect starter tiny house.

At just $17,450, you’ll get an open-concept space that resembles a studio. There’s a small 3/4 bath on one end, and the original container doors still open wide over by the living/sleeping area if you want to let the outdoors inside!

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Ready For Your Finishing Touch: Container Home For Sale in Austin

The container doors open wide to let the outside in.

There’s space for additional floating shelves and appliances.

A mini-split keeps the space warm or cool.

The front doors and windows let light in.

View from the bathroom.

There’s room for a futon or sofa bed over here.

I’m always up for a butcher block countertop.

Here’s the full layout for those interested.

Highlights:

  • The Build:
    Akin to a studio apartment, this repurposed 20′ container home has it all. Complete with a bedroom, kitchenette, a 3/4 bathroom, and ample space for whatever else you see fit.
  • The Specs:
  • Dimensions:
    Living Area/Bedroom – 10′ (L) x 7′ (W) x 8′ (H)
    Kitchen – 6′ (L) x 7′ (W) x 8′ (H)
    Bathroom – 4′ (L) x 7′ (W) x 8′ (H)
  • Framing:
    Wood Interior Framing Installed on a 20′ x 8′ x 8.5′ Container
  • Insulation:
    R13- 2″ Spray Foam Insulation
  • Electrical:
    Qty 1 – 125amp 12 Slot Panel Breaker Box (interior mount with exterior cutoff)
    Qty 4 – 110v Duplex Outlets (Bedroom/Living Area)
    Qty 1 – 110v Quadplex Outlet (Kitchen Counter)
    Qty 1 – 110v Duplex Outlet dedicated on a 20amp breaker for a refrigerator
    Qty 1 – 110v Duplex Outlet dedicated on a 20amp breaker for electric stovetop
    Qty 1 – 110v GFCI Duplex (Restroom)
    Qty 1 – 110v Exterior Outlet
    Qty 1 – Exterior Light
  • Finish Choices (Select from above menu):
    Base – Drywall with Orange Peel Texture. Any Interior Paint Color
    Rustic – Cedar Shiplap
    Modern – White Shiplap
  • Flooring:
    Traffic Master Vinyl Wood – Natural or Grey
  • HVAC:
    One-ton Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner and Heat (12,000 BTU)
  • Windows/Doors:
    Qty 1 – 36″ Door with Top Panel Glass
    Qty 2 – 3′ x 3′ Windows (1 in Kitchen, 1 in Bedroom)
    Qty 1 – 2′ x 2′ Windows (Bathroom)
  • 3/4 Bathroom:
    Qty 1 – 36″ x 36″ Shower
    Qty 1 – 18″ Vanity Sink with Faucet
    Qty 1 – American Standard Toilet
    Qty 1 – 24″ Pocket Door Entrance
    Qty 1 – Vent Fan with Light
  • Kitchenette:
    Qty 1 – 36″ Kitchen Base Cabinet with Butcherblock Countertop
    Qty 1 – Single Bay Sink with Faucet
    Qty 1 – Two Burner Electric Stovetop
  • Living Area/Bedroom:
    Qty 2 – Low Profile LED Lights
  • Custom Exterior Paint:
    Choose your color at https://www.behr.com/consumer/
    Remove Rust Spots (Used Container Only)
    Primer Applied

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife and mama of two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Nancy M.
    January 23, 2021, 11:57 am

    I could live in this, though as far as I am concerned, it is only about half done. Still needed: More kitchen counterspace, a closet, and a pantry. I also would prefer to have access through the original opening, but with a window and door just inside — while still being able to close it off when needed. Nice work, so far, though. Price is good.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      January 25, 2021, 1:32 pm

      Oh that’s a good idea, Nancy.

  • Avatar Alison
    January 23, 2021, 10:40 pm

    The horizontal lines on the walls and ceiling is too much; maybe a plain ceiling would be better. But otherwise, it seems like a sturdy, efficient home with potential.

  • Avatar Donna Rae
    January 24, 2021, 1:09 pm

    I agree that this is a good start. It would be perfect for creating quick housing in a disaster or for the homeless. The use of the space needs a bit of tweaking, though. If the bathroom is 4′ in width, there should be a 4′ wide shower in the space so there wasn’t that awkward space that can’t be used for much and presents a constant cleaning problem. As it is shown, be sure to have a long handled brush to reach to the back so you can clean it. In the corner of the “kitchen” area by the bathroom door, I would want a corner cabinet with a carousel shelf. They provide tremendous storage without taking up more room than a regular cabinet. I’d move the refrigerator to directly across from it after eliminating that window next to the slider. Instead, I’d put a window above the sink area with an upper cabinet on either side. Open shelving would be ok but it’s also nice to hide the less attractive things behind a door. I like that there is enough room in the living area to put a daybed that would act as a sofa during the day and a bed at night. Put a 9-drawer dresser across from it for good storage and a place to put your big screen TV. You wouldn’t be able to own any clothes that require hanging so maybe there should be a tall closet where I suggested a corner carousel cabinet. I can attest to the efficiency of the mini-split HVAC. They work great! These are just a few thoughts on how to increase the practicality of the space with just a few changes. And just think of what is possible with a 30′ or 40′ container! Lots of possibilities! This 20′ model can provide lots of inspiration and the opportunity to customize it to suit your own needs.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      January 25, 2021, 1:23 pm

      We ended up using converted TV cabinets as our wardrobes in our Master Bedroom after taking the closet and making it a bathroom. We just added the hanging rod — it would be a great option in this space across from a daybed.

  • Avatar Mary McGuirk
    January 25, 2021, 1:56 am

    I like the idea of OPEN space…extra counters can be on wheels…I really would consider a WETROOM instead of a shower stall…it could even be wheelchair accessible if done right…storage doesn’t need to be built in, so I think you are on the right track. An AWNING could turn the future porch as a 3-season living room, also out the double doors at the living area to make a 3-season sleeping area. Having storage on wheels or portable permits it to be moved to outdoor or future CHEAP SPACE add-on that doesn’t need any plumbing or anything but DC electrical. I would use the inside as an OFFICE and the 3-season areas for living space.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      January 25, 2021, 1:20 pm

      Those are all great ideas, Mary!

  • Avatar Paula Abbott
    January 26, 2021, 5:41 pm

    where are you located?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      January 27, 2021, 1:31 pm

      It’s for sale in Austin, Texas.

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