6 design ideas for tiny shipping container homes

With their sleek structure and flexible design opportunities, this tiny home trend is taking over.

As the rise of living expenses continue to climb, more people are opting for an easier, smaller way to live. Enter the ready-made steel structure of shipping containers, which offer a pre-fabricated design of a ceiling, walls and floors. With most shippping containers costing under $10,000, these sturdy, small and efficient spaces offer an accesible framework to create one's own sanctuary. Here, see how these shipping containers can be transformed:

Solar panelled roof

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shipping container homes are made to function efficiently, and this home certainly does that. With a solar roof panel installed, all electricity and power is generated naturally making this tiny home ideal for off-the-grid living. 

Stacked level

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The beauty about the design of shipping container homes is that they can be easily stacked, just like building blocks. Adding another container on top of an existing level instantly creates a second story, without any lengthy renovations. 

Hidden getaway

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Some companies have started to create pre-made shipping container homes, easily able to transport to remote locations. This portable home made from galvanised steel and glass takes three to five days to assemble, and fits up to four people for a great weekend escape.

Quaint cottage

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While many take advantage of the stackable shipping containers to create bigger spaces, the original framework of one container makes for the ultimate cosy home. Add a timber deck to extend your space, whilst creating a quaint cottage feel. 

Open plan living

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sachi Fujimori. #shippingcontainer #cantilever #landscapedesign #modernism

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This property may look big, but in fact it's only three shipping containers stacked together. With the original frame based on the ground hosting an indoor living space, the longer container is placed on top for the bedrooms. Installing glass walls and bi-fold doors to shipping containers instantly creates an open feel to a small space. 

Rooftop view

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The simple framework of a shipping container makes an easy base to add materials, as seen in this timber-clad tiny home. Using the flat space on the roof to create an entertaining space is a great way to get the most out a small home, as well as adding an external staircase for a fun, outdoor lifestyle. 

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