In the last few years, it’s been well-established that shipping containers make awesome, trendy and eco-friendly homes. But for those who still doubt it (or anyone looking for inspiration) here is a list of ten ways in which a shipping container can become a home, ranging from the simplest to the most extravagant.

1. SurfShack


Tiny Yellow House

If you thought a single shipping container is too small to become a comfy home, think again. The SurfShack, designed and built by WA based designer/contractor Hartman Kable is a cozy beach retreat built from an 8×20 foot double ended shipping container. The interior measures 160 square feet, and all the furniture is custom built and foldable to save space. more details…

2. Artist’s Retreat in Savannah, Georgia


A shipping container home that’s a little more sophisticated is Julio Garcia’s retreat in the woods near Savannah, Georgia. He repurposed two 40-foot shipping containers to build this modern home and kept their exteriors in the original state, forming a nice contrast between the industrial and nature. more details…

3. Shipping Container Cottage Extension


Shipping containers can also easily be used to expand existing homes, as is the case with this cottage expansion done by architect Christof Jantzen of California. He used five recycled shipping containers to expand the small cottage into a 1550-square-foot family home. In the process he also succeeded to create a wonderful blend of the old and the new. more details…

4. Green Shipping Container Home


This Flagstaff, Arizona family residence is green in more than just exterior color. It was built out of six recycled shipping containers and measures 2,000-square-feet. It features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 offices, and a storage room, as well as a green house/solarium. In addition to that, it is also equipped with a number of sustainable technologies, such as a 3.6 kW AEA Inc. on-grid solar system, and a water management and harvesting system created by TBKA Landscape Architects and installed by Northern Arizona Pump. more details…

5. Cross Shaped Shipping Container Home


This home showcases a very creative solution to building a home out of recycled shipping containers. The home was designed by Georgia-based architect Dachi Papuashvili and consists of 2 containers, one of which is placed vertically, and the other horizontally, resulting in the cross shape of the home. Once built the home will also feature a roof top mounted solar power array and a rain water harvesting system, which will enable it to function completely off-the-grid. more details…