Recycled $1500 Shipping Containers Used to Make Stunning Off-Grid Home

Posted By: January 27, 2015 In Featured

Want to build your own shipping container home? Start Here.

Thinking of making one of your own epic shipping container home? Take a look at some of these incredible homes made from $1500 shipping containers! You wouldn’t think much of these old containers lying around in the shipping yard, but check out what some of these artistic geniuses have done with old $1500 shipping containers; they will blow you away!

We’ve put together the very best houses from around the web, so sit back, relax and enjoy them!


How incredible is this!?


Or how about a swimming pool?


I hope this is big enough for you.


Best Shipping Container Home Ever…?


We love the roof!


The original shipping containers have been sprayed blue.


This one is absolutely colossal!


Anyone fancy a beach retreat?


Looks like something from another planet.


Look at those huge sliding glass doors…


Oh look another pool with a balcony!


Could this seriously get any cooler?


How about a shipping container home in a forest?


Did someone say paradise?


The lighting is astonishing.


Lovely little beach hut!

Section-Banner-17Love the lighting

We hope you enjoyed these incredible shipping containers homes. So if you’ve been inspired and are thinking about making our own, why not take a look at our plans?

You can make just about anything from these containers and the best part is they’re recycled so you’re doing a favour for the environment as well; stylish and eco-friendly… sounds like a match made in heaven.

These containers are incredibly strong, as they are made to carry up to thirty tonnes in each one, that’s what makes them so great for building your own house out of them; oh, did I mention they are also flood proof!?

  1. Sunny

    Hi Tom,
    I see you just added 50 more plans to your website for purchase! Do any of them match up to the above pictures in terms of plans and design?! For example, I love 2, 3 and 4 above but probably want it a little smaller. Thoughts!?

    • Tom

      Hi Sunny,

      We have some plans which are similar to number 4. Drop me an email if you want to see anymore!


  2. Kweku

    Hi Tom,
    I’ve been researching on container houses for a project I’m about to start.
    My question is, with the heat we face here in Ghana, what can I consider for insulation both interior and exterior. I was thinking gypsum board and cement boards for the interior but how do I control the heat from the sun?

    • Tom

      Hi Kweku,

      Great to hear from you.

      I would recommend reading our articles on building in hot climates and insulation. If you have any questions after reading them, be sure to email me 🙂


  3. Alfred

    My question would be about photo number 2 which is redondo Beach, ca
    Can you tell what the total cost to build on something like would be
    I am a small investor builder who could use any cost cutting ideas

    • Tom

      Hi Alfred,

      As this was a private build I don’t believe they released the cost anywhere.

      However as this was built to an extremely high specification I’d expect this cost around $125 per square foot.


  4. Sonam


    I have some technical questions to the container homes. The plumbing, electrical, HVAC, lightning etc. Also how to deal with the thickness of the containers in order to get the doors and windows placed. How do the containers stacked or placed adjoining each other become water tight. I am trying to get involved in one such project and its a completely new subject for me.

    • Tom

      Hi Sonam,

      Certainly. If you send through any specific questions you have, I will do my best to help answer them.


  5. Peter chew

    I am in the process of having my container homes. I notice that it’s cheaper if you buy locally, your price mentioned after currency exchange made it much more expensives. Hope I am wrong, but I do support container homes

    • Tom

      Hi Peter,

      Absolutely, the prices are shown as indicative examples.

      You are right that you should aim to purchase your shipping containers locally, as you can save on transportation costs.


  6. Maria Roach

    I’m wondering, where in Massachusetts can I build this type of home?


    • Tom

      Hi Maria,

      Each planning municipality has their own regulation regarding shipping container homes and building codes and unfortunately I’m not familiar with Massachusetts.

      I would recommend you speak with your local planning office and they will be able to advise you further,


    • Kristin

      Hi Maria,
      I would be interested to hear what you have found out about building with shipping containers in Massachusetts as I live in MA and we would like to build one too!

  7. Bri Cheri

    Do we know if there has been any container homes built in Fl? With the weather conditions here I’m intrigued to find out how they did it!

    • Tom

      Yes, there have been several built in FL Bri!

  8. Vee

    I have a piece of land, there is nothing on it. If I wanted to put/built one of these containers (like #12) maybe even add a porch… Is this legal? Or do I have to get a permits and all that good stuff. I really want to buy one, just not sure where or how to begin the process.

    • Tom

      Hi Vee,

      Sounds amazing! We’ve just published a blog post called ‘how to get started’. If you read this it will help you being the process.


  9. Eric Blaise

    All the homes in this article are beautiful and exquisitely stunting. I have always had the dream of purchasing old maritime containers and converting them for this very purpose. they make excellent building materials most especially because they are seal coated against the harshest conditions, and the construction is solid.

  10. Bobby Ray

    I’d like to know how they are flood proof, exaggerate much. If they’re below the level of the water they aren’t flood proof.

    • Tom

      Hi Bobby,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Not necessarily, they can be entirely flood proof. I have included a video clip here from Todd Miller who built the Graceville Container Home which is flood proof.

      Hope you enjoy it.


      • Akuba Manu

        It should be flood proof and fireproof for $1million dollars. This is not what I think of as alternative type of housing structure. The house is beautiful but he used expensive materials which made the price soar. I want to build a container house but not for $1million dollars.

        • Tom

          Hi Akuba,

          Yeh it’s on the expensive side but this was just to show the other extreme of building shipping container homes! You can also build flood proof container homes for much less. When are you looking to start building 🙂 ?


  11. David Board

    I really enjoyed seeing these container homes. Number 9 I liked the most!