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Family Builds 40×28 Shipping Container Home

This is Brook, Ryan, and Soleil’s 40×28 shipping container home in Asheville, NC.

They’re a young family who, over the past year, bought and prepared their land, collected recycled materials, and built their first home using two shipping containers and a shed-style roof! It’s a 1,140 square foot house that was built for about $110,000 USD including land, mostly their own labor, and the help of friends. When you go inside, you’ll find a dining room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, living area, and plenty of storage space.

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Young Family Builds 40×28 Shipping Container Home

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  • Salina
    October 30, 2015, 3:07 pm

    Amazing! Thank you for the inspiration. Your home is incredible for many reasons.

  • cary
    October 30, 2015, 3:23 pm

    Love to be able to build my out of recycle material but don’t know how I would start. I live in Miami ? It’s over rated.i want to live a simpler life.

    how would I even get started?

    I would appreciate any information ( engineer ,architect etc.)

    Thank you

    • Billy c
      October 30, 2015, 3:35 pm

      Go online where you want to move to or live look up the businesses you need in that area call verify you can build small there and start the new life you wish for the first step is always the biggest it’s called change

  • Kristina H Nadreau
    October 30, 2015, 4:12 pm

    This appears to be well thought out. I am interested in how they handle their water supply, sewer or septic, electricity, gas supply…..

    congratulations on getting a nice home for $100 a square foot

  • Kelly Libert
    October 30, 2015, 4:21 pm

    It appears that only the bedroom areas are shipping containers and the rest your normal wood construction. I bet that a good chunk of the square footage includes the slanted roof and the ledges they hold. Beautiful house and nice use of containers. Similar to how I would like to do it.

  • Michael
    October 30, 2015, 5:06 pm

    It looks great and is showing how to overcome the narrow shipping container.

  • Keri
    October 30, 2015, 6:35 pm

    Great size unique home many yrs of enjoyment!! Congrats You two!

  • February 15, 2016, 3:05 am

    Thank you everyone! It was one hell of a year building my first home… but we are so happy to be living in it now! If you have any questions that you want answered… just check out my blog at https://shippinghome.wordpress.com/ and shoot me over a comment. Glad you all enjoyed the photos!

  • Barnie
    March 6, 2017, 6:41 pm


  • Betty
    September 24, 2017, 8:33 pm

    Just awesome!! 😍

  • Gene Panczenko
    January 1, 2020, 3:07 pm

    “DHASED LINES DENOT” = DASHED LINES DENOTE”, and “FINISH AS PER OWNE” = “FINISH AS PER ONE.” Spelling counts, especially on architectural drawings.
    Nice build, though.

  • Donna Rae
    January 3, 2020, 3:31 am

    This one definitely has some wow factor! Love all the windows! One change I would suggest is to put the bathroom between the two bedrooms rather than having the bathroom door open up into the kitchen area. I might be tempted to make that master bedroom a couple of feet wider, sacrificing a bit of the dining area. Personally, I don’t need to have a loft so that staircase (shown in the floor plan) could be eliminated, too, providing more living space. Maybe even move the washer and dryer there. Think of the huge amount of kitchen counters and storage you could have, too! Or a back door to a deck area. My suggestions don’t mean that I don’t like this. It is fabulous but everyone likes to put their own touch that meets their own needs. Nice share.

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