Today we have 2 examples of tiny living.  First up is a 20' high cube containers made into an off-the-grid, one-bedroom home.  Second is a one-bedroom on- or off-the-grid home that will be rolling out shortly.  As an added bonus, both have videos so you can really get a good look inside and out of these homes.

In the first home, this mobile 20' container home has a kitchen, sitting room and separate bedroom that runs on a mix of solar power and 2 batteries.  Water is collected from the roof.  Every square inch is used and yet the placement of the bedroom under (unusual in tiny homes) and windows make the space seem bigger than it is.  The video is above, or click here for more.

The second example is being developed by G-Pod and is called G-Pod Dwell.  It comes in different sizes and offers everything from a one-bedroom with a kitchen, office and covered deck as well as pavillions, 2- and 4-bedroom options.  The used both 20' and 40' containers, depending on the layout you choose.  One wall of the container pops out to expand space in one direction.  On the other side of the container, the walls flips down to create the floor of the deck.  This way they are able to create a space 3 times as wide as a container but still only use 1 container for transport.  The G-Pod Dwell also offers solar power and self-contained water systems.  You can even grow grass on the roof.  Click here for the videoClick here for the brochure.

 

 

 

Do you need more space on your farm for anything from outbuildings, processing shops for poultry, game or even meat smoking, additional equipment storage, hay storage and more?  Maybe a container is what you need.  Here is a great article showing how they have adapted containers to be everything from mobile tack rooms for the horse boarders to a large barn made from several containers

It raises a good point, containers are fantastic tools to have on a farm.  They are insect and rodent proof.  They are easy to modify and easy to move.  They really have almost no maintenance.  What more could you ask for?

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Container home in Kansas City

Container home in Kansas City

We get a lot of requests about building houses out of containers.  And for good reason.  They can be a great building material for homes.  They are green, durable, relatively easy to move, and standardized.  They can be modified relatively easily to create an endless combination to create everything from the most basic cabin to high-end architectural feats. 

We get a lot of requests from people who are looking to create that perfect home and want a floor plan as a starting point.  We do not offer that service as only an engineer or architect are really in the best position to create something that needs to be a safe, stable home.  We recommend hiring your own architect or engineer to help design your home, to make sure that all of the electric and plumbing and other features are up to your local codes.

That said, here is an article with some sample floor plans to at least get you thinking about a few things.  Even if you do pick some of these plans, we strongly recommend working with a local engineer or architect to make sure that it conforms to your local codes.  You would want to run any changes in the floor plan by them to ensure that your plans continue to be safe.

Here is a floor plan from the linked article above.  This house is designed by Adam Kalkin, an architect that uses containers in many of his projects.

Here is a floor plan from the linked article above.  This house is designed by Adam Kalkin, an architect that uses containers in many of his projects.

Click on the link above for some great ideas on containers.  For more on a house that an architect built for himself, check out this link.  His project is a great example of how even a simple design can be a more complicated project than it may seem at first blush.  Also, how you finish off the container can play an enormous role in the cost of your project.  Going with the most bare-bones interior still will add up as you will probably still want to have electricity and plumbing in your new home as well as insulation that is covered up by walls and some flooring.  But it can also be as expensive as well.  Check out the fancy bathtub in the link about the architect's home

The main thing to consider is safety.  You can cut apart containers to make them into what you want, but keep in mind that you need to still keep the container stable.  So if you take out a whole wall of a container, you will need to build in support for the roof somewhere else.  Even keeping that in mind, there are endless possibilities in creating just the perfect container home for you.

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