Houses Made From Shipping Containers

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Today we are going to talk about houses made from shipping containers.

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Living in these days means more than just having a shelter, food and clothing. It is common that people are pursuing high quality life and want to live in more and more diverse houses that suit best their needs.

Some people buy large houses with concrete structures or steel and glass to reinforce their social position and other people choose something different but always a place that suits their needs. A crazy idea is to live in a container. Yes, you’ve heard me, those cargo containers represent now for some people a part of their home ,or even the entire household.

Now let’s take a look at some wonderful houses made from shipping containers.

1. Shipping container guest house

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One of the most interesting projects is this wonderful guest house made out from a recycled shipping container. Because of the container’s nature not a wide range of possibilities is available to decorate it, but people take this always as a challenge and in this case it turned out great actually. The container was painted blue and two sections were cut and windows and  big sliding doors were mounted.

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There is a small patio in front  and above it a bit of a roof so the rain doesn’t smash directly into the door. The interior  feature wood panels on walls for the sensation of warmth and comfort.

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Bold combinations of colors and materials make from this structure a fine place to hang out  looking permanently to the surrounding landscape. Do you love this design? CBM can make this house for you.

2. Container house for the soul and eyes

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This project concentrates more on a communion with nature than actually building. This house is very chic and modern but it only takes a small amount of materials and space to function.

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This project tends build vast spaces that very often are left inhabited, but this focuses more on what we actually need and don’t need.  Let me tell you what we really need: a sunrise and a sunset through those wonderful large windows, we need comfort and we need style. Thanks to modern furniture and quality finishing we can enjoy the nature better.

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I would have to say that this is a place for the soul and eyes. An intimate, cozy house with the best view over the surroundings is probably what many of us would want. Well, it is possible to have just that with just two shipping containers.

This container house is CBM PH-C05 and you can see more specifications from our website.

3. Starbucks made from shipping containers

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If so far we’ve seen shipping containers used as a living place here is a daring idea of a business man who has imagined his new Starbucks building a little bit different compared to what we are used to see. That crazy idea came from their extensive use of these containers to ship their coffee and tea from all over the world.

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Perhaps this is just a cool strategy, by wanting to associate their products with freshness, who knows, from that point of view we’re not interested just yet. The design is unique even for a drive-through fast food  type of building, but maybe this particular fact made it possible.

4. Shipping container conversion

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Designers concern about environment and sustainability, so they want to use an unusual way to create the office. After many deliberations they decided about an L- shaped shipping container office.

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The great thing about this structure is to incorporate a lot of leftover materials and supplies around the courtyard.  The result balances the industrial style and the warehouse appearance with the great open space found around the structure. The interior is perfect for an office area and the space is utilized at its maximum potential. There is enough space for a small meeting and also very well equipped so, those who work there have anything they might need at hand. This office continues the residential theme, the house being also made in a non-traditional way.

5. Eco-friendly crossbox house

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As a proof that this container house phenomenon  is spreading all over the world and that different regions and architects impose their preferences regarding design, in France designers build an eco-friendly prefabricated single prefabricated residence. The main ingredient to this successful recipe were some old shipping containers .

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The residence has approximately 1,120 square feet  and it’s a prototype of modular , industrial house made from four containers. The main idea behind this project aims to  build low cost architect’s houses  focusing in the same time on the  environment. The big success  is due to its very simple design with a living area on the ground floor and three bedrooms on the first floor.

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The entrance is between the two volumes used also as a great carport. The interior is well finished with bright colors and furniture to create the impression of vast space and the wooden touches warm the entire house making it a great place to live.

6. Shipping container house in desert

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Container houses are here taken to another level. It is located in the desert, it has 2,300 square feet structured into a one bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom 6 containers residence.

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The design speaks for itself , offering for those who are interested  more that shelter. This unique design features a modern interior with open space solutions and plenty of natural light and an exterior  area that combines shady places  with an open space yard.  I have to admit that if nobody said to me that this is made from containers I would had never guessed. It  looks like a modern facility build in a certain eco spirit.

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This amazing structure combines  high-energy efficiency   and mass-production  modular structures, making it  a low-cost, sustainable house system. If we take a look at nowadays trends , I guess that in the near future we’ll see more and more of these structures all over the world.

More and more container houses

Lets just remember the average cargo container costs about $2000 USD. No doubt that more and more houses made from shipping containers will appear in our life because of its low price, free design and outstanding appearance. Would you serious take houses made of shipping containers in to consideration when you are going to construct a house.

If you are interested in container house design, you can contact us for more design idea and information. CBM has specialized in modular housing for more than 23 years and container house is our hot-sale product.

You can go to our website for  more container product in you want.

5 Responses

  1. Ali saedan



    I’d like information on the different options you have for: 1) container house; 2) hostel type, student apartments/lofts 3) Retirement units for elder people.
    Include in the information: price, time to deliver; cost of installation/requirements, where would the units be shipped from etc.

  3. Philip Raif

    I am very interested in your prefabricated container houses.
    Can they be transported to Papua new guinea? I leave in Lae.
    Thank you..

    • Yes, we did some projects in Ppua new guinea before.I will send you the project photos by email later.

      Thank you and best regard

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