Tiny Idea House in a Shipping Container

Cargotecture c192 Nomad, shown in these renderings, has been selected as the 2011 Sunset Idea House, according to information posted online by architectural firm HyBrid Architecture.  The 192 square-foot structure will be on display at Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park, California this June. The tiny container house will have a kitchenette, three-quarters bath, day bed, Murphy bed, combo washer/dryer, and built-in closets. Nomad is 8′ wide, 24′ long, 9’6″ tall, and fully complete upon delivery.  That means it arrives with windows, doors, insulation, no-VOC paints, plumbing, fixtures, and lights — all according to code. The shipping container home will be sold after Celebration Weekend and a brief stint at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.  The current sales price is $79,000 and it’s available throughout North America.  A fully off-grid, off-pipe version, the c192 Pioneer, sells for $119,000, according to HyBrid.

Credits: HyBrid Architecture.


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  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but this is yet another example of overpriced greenwashing. How on earth do you make a shipping container that you can buy for a less than a thousand bucks cost $80k!?! It is so frustrating and unfortunate to see things like this. Over $400/sf for the grid-tied version is cost prohibitive and just goes to show that anyone can design something that costs lots of money but it takes a skilled and attentive person to design something that actually makes sense. Unfortunately this c192 does not make sense. In all honesty, you could design something that performs just as good or better for a quarter of the cost.

    • Edmondstown

      I was going to write the same thing as above. Completely insane price tag.

    • O hunt

      Agree it’s a nice design but the price tag is over price, but I guess their are suckers around every corner to buy it.

    • S Davis

      I agree it’s just like the Health food Market..

  • Laurel

    I saw this house this weekend at Sunset, and can see that you did  a great job with the design and the work. The price doesn’t seem bad given the cost of labor, design, etc. BUT my questions are
    1) In a normal suburban area – I live near Sunset in Menlo Park – what do you have to do to get permits to put something like this on your lot as a studio or inlaw unit? Building and Safety is rather tough on alternative structures, especially ones that people may live in
    2) What does it cost to transport this unit from wherever it is to wherever it’s going to be? My parents completed work on a move on house in Southern California (they reengineered an old house and it had to be moved in two pieces). They spent 1,000$ for the house and $12,000 to pay the company that moved it. That was in the ’70′s. Perhaps that was a special case, because the pieces were bigger, but I’m still curious what the transport costs are for this.

    It looked nice and I sure wouldn’t mind having something like it as a studio or rental unit, if I had the $$ for it.

  • Chris Blackburn

    Extremely over priced, after finding one for 25,000

  • Chris Blackburn

    Extremely over priced, after finding one for 25,000

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