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11 Shipping Container Homes You Can Buy Right Now

11 Shipping Container Homes You Can Buy Right Now

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If you are at all interested in alternative dwellings, you know how popular shipping container homes are now. Shipping containers make great building blocks for homes and have become an unlikely go-to for a huge variety of applications in recent years.

From off grid cabins to swimming pools, underground shelters to portable cafes, and luxury designer homes to vertical urban gardens, their time in the spotlight has resulted in endless unique container creations.

Shipping container cabin

Container home by Custom Container Living

When it comes to homes, it’s understandable why shipping containers are coveted; their affordability, durability, and portability are attractive to those seeking a living space that is quick to build and won’t keep them in debt for decades. Anyone with building skills can turn one of these stuffy steel boxes into a surprisingly attractive, livable work of art.

A few years ago, we published an article showcasing 10 popular prefab shipping container homes available at the time. Since then, many container home builders have appeared on the market with purchase options from simply affordable to gorgeously extravagant.

Shipping container home

The Intellectual shipping container home

Given the variety of container homes available now, we decided it’s time for an updated list. These are not affiliate links and we have no relationship with these manufacturers; we’re simply showcasing an unbiased compilation of our research. By the same token, we can’t speak to the integrity of any of these companies as we’ve had no personal dealings with them. You can contact any of them with questions and you will find testimonials and reviews on many of their websites if you are interested in their homes.

PLEASE NOTE: ALWAYS do extensive research into any home building company before purchasing from them. We’ve seen more and more fraud cases recently against people taking advantage of the popularity of tiny houses and shipping container homes. 

Without further ado, here are 11 manufacturers you can order a shipping container home from today:

11 Shipping container homes you can order now

Backcountry Containers

Starting at $40,000

Backcountry Containers, based in Texas, custom builds their homes with prices dependent on the size and number of the containers in the build. Homes can consist of single, adjoined, or stacked 20 foot or 40 foot containers. Additional features can be included, such as screened in porches, rooftop decks, and storage areas.

Shipping container tiny house

Image © Backcountry Containers

“We design our container homes to maximize the views and feature of your property. Because of their rugged design, many of our customers chose a container home because of their mobility and durability, while still being a modern and beautiful home. Choosing to design your container home alongside our team will ensure you get the most out of your property, whether on or off the grid.” – Backcountry Containers

Custom shipping container home

Backcountry containers

All their homes are insulated and include AC and heating units, plumbing, and wiring. Also, each home is equipped for hookup up to city drainage or to greywater and blackwater tanks for off grid living. 20-foot single container homes start at $40,000, 40-foot single container homes start at $60,000, and homes with multiple containers start at $100,000.

More information: Backcountry Containers 

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Alternative Living Spaces

Starting at $29,900

If luxury living in a container is what you’re after, Alternative Living Spaces is a great place to start. We recently wrote about one of their container homes for sale – a beautifully bright 20-foot model packed with gorgeous features. With large windows on all sides, this home offers 360-degree views of the outdoors. While this model is nearly perfect, in my opinion, ALS offers many custom options for their homes to suit any preference.

Luxury shipping container home

Image © Alternative Living Spaces

Luxury shipping container home

Alternative Living Spaces

“Our build to order approach enables us to provide you with a wide range of flexibility on the floor plan, the finishes and the furniture. Each Container Living Space is customized to meet your specific design and style preferences. These containers can be converted into tiny homes, guest casitas, office, home gyms, retail spaces, greenhouses and more.” – Alternative Living Spaces

Luxury shipping container home

Alternative Living Spaces

Luxury shipping container home

Alternative Living Spaces

Alternative Living Spaces offers Raw Containers starting at $29,900. These “blank slate” containers have all the basics – insulation, framing, light fixtures, windows, flooring, and paint – and are ready to be converted by DIYers into the perfect tiny home, studio, or office space.

If you’re looking for a live-in ready container, their 20-foot luxury container homes start at $36,000 and 40-foot homes start at $63,000. Once you place your order, you can expect your home to be completed in 6 to 8 weeks.

More information: Alternative Living Spaces

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TAYNR Shipping Container Homes

Starting at $55,000

TAYNR specializes in fabricating new structures out of recycled shipping containers, with the option of building container homes on wheels for easier portability. Their unique container projects look modern, interesting, and beautifully designed.

According to TAYNR’s website, their mission is to provide a solution that replaces traditional construction with methods centered around sustainability and affordability. That’s pretty much why most of us are drawn to container homes, right?

shipping container home on wheels

Image © TAYNR

Shipping container home

TAYNR 1 bed/1bath home

According to their 2018 price list, a 160 square foot studio container from TAYNR is priced at $55k. For $80k you get double the size in a 1 bed/1 bath model. Prices continue up as size goes up, with their highest model priced at $165k. At that price, you get 960 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Shipping container home for sale

TAYNR

More information: TAYNR

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Custom Container Living

Starting at $27,900

As their name indicates, Custom Container Living builds shipping container homes and getaways suited to their buyers’ individual needs. They are located in Missouri and will ship homes to all the lower 48 states.

Custom shipping container home

Image © Custom Container Living

Shipping container home interior

Custom Container Living

Custom Container Living focuses on quality and affordability, with a huge selection of styles, options, and floor plans to view for inspiration. As you can see from these photos, the interiors of these homes are absolutely stunning.

Shipping container homes

Custom Container Living

Shipping container home interior

Custom Container Living

Prices start at $27,900 for the “Backyard Bedroom” model – a bedroom, office/living area, and bathroom built into a 20-foot container. From there, container options include anything from office space to a multi-unit home.

More information: Custom Container Living

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Honomobo

Starting at $25,000+

Honomobo is all about sustainable building with a modern aesthetic. They offer everything from backyard offices made out of a single shipping container to gorgeous houses made of several containers. 

Honomobo container home

Image © Honomobo

“The modern design of a Honomobo means timeless clean lines, authenticity of materials, and efficient use of space in every model that we build. Our homes are meticulously designed to offer an indoor outdoor living experience wherever you choose to place your home. Whether it’s an H series shipping container or M series rigid steel frame, a Honomobo is built from extremely durable long lasting materials and runs fully on electricity. At Honomobo we have set out to leverage the modularity and durability of the shipping container while not apologizing for what they are. We don’t hide our boxes, but we have embraced the essence of the shipping container.” – Honomobo

Honomobo shipping container home

Image © Honomobo

Container home in Canada

Image © Honomobo

Everything in a Honomobo home is customizable from floor to ceiling. All of their homes are solar-ready for living off the grid. You can go simple with a single-container home (HO1) or get fancy with up to 6 shipping containers (HO6) depending on your needs and budget. 

More information: Honomobo

 

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Cargotecture

Starting at $19,000

Based in Seattle, Cargotecture specializes in creating cutting-edge designs with used shipping containers. Their projects include everything from single 20-foot container homes to elaborate multi-container creations.

Shipping container home

Image © Cargotecture

Shipping container home

Cargotecture container home

“The steel intermodal-shipping container (ISC) was designed to simplify and streamline long-distance shipping in the era after World War Two, and there are millions of these containers in existence, with many out of use. In recent years, architects and builders have come to recognize that these versatile strong platforms represent a way to unite environmental concern with structural integrity. Disused containers can be sustainably recycled into real estate, eliminating waste.” -Cargotecture

Shipping container house

Cargotecture retreat home

Shipping container house

Cargotecture retreat home

Cargotecture’s base prices include new paint on a recycled container, spray foam insulation, aluminum-clad windows and doors, bamboo or mahogany floors, completed bathrooms, full fixtures throughout with IKEA cabinets, water heaters, and relevant permits.

The Scout base model includes all the basics for $19,000. The prices go up from there to $134,500, depending on the number of containers are used and features added.

More information: Cargotecture

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Meka Container Homes

Starting at $72,000

We wrote about Meka in our earlier shipping container post, and they still stand out as a builder of fabulous, luxury container homes. Meka sells both prefabricated and custom homes made from various configurations of 20′ and 40′ ISO steel frames. While a bit more pricey than the previous models, Meka creates their opulent homes with a wide variety of interior and exterior finishings for buyers.

Shipping container home for sale

Image © MekaWorld

Luxury shipping container home

Meka container home

“Meka Modular’s aim is to create superior, environmentally sound modular living and work spaces that can be shipped easily worldwide. Since our inception in 2009 we have delivered our buildings to residential, commercial and institutional clients around the globe.” -Meka

Luxury container home for sale

Meka container home

Shipping container home for sale

Meka shipping container home

At 320 square feet, Meka’s ALP320 standard model looks like a modern studio apartment. It ships finished with one bedroom, one bathroom, a kitchen, and a living/sleeping area starting at $72,000.

If you’re shopping with a more hefty budget, the top end prefabricated home in Meka’s line, the JAM1920, can be yours for $315,000. That price tag will get you a tri-level, three-bedroom, three bathroom luxury home.

More information: Meka Modular

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Rhino Cubed

Starting at $33,600

Rhino Cubed is a Colorado-based company that transforms raw, recycled steel shells into works of art. They focus on quality, artistry, and sustainability in their builds. They remind us of the many virtues of turning a container into a residence: these dwellings are built to last for generations, are very secure, and are water-proof, insect-proof, fire-resistant, and weather-proof.

Shipping container home for sale

Image © Rhino Cubed

Shipping container home

Rhino Cubed container home

“Our structures start with a Corten steel shipping container called a High Cube. Shipping containers bring goods from around the world, most often China, to America. Once they arrive, they rarely return. They represent a high embedded energy cost, so repurposing them is very environmentally friendly. Because they are water tight, sturdy, and quasi-portable, they are excellent building blocks. Artistry and design turn them into unique living elements.” -Rhino Cubed

Shipping container home for sale

Rhino Cubed container home

Shipping container home for sale

Rhino Cubed container home

For DIYers who prefer to finish out a container home on their own, Rhino Cubed supplies NakedTainers starting at $33,600 for 160 square feet, and 3 larger sizes up to $57,900 for 320 square feet. NakedTainers are insulated and include paneled walls, windows, hickory floors, and designer roof timbers.

Fully equipped cubes start at $52,000 for 160 square feet and go up to $79,000 for 320 square feet. These models are fully finished with kitchen appliances, full bathrooms, wiring, lighting, and plumbing.

More information: Rhino Cubed

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MODS International

Starting at $36,000

Specializing in building a variety of modular structures out of shipping containers, MODS International will build and deliver residential homes customized to your needs. In addition to homes, they create offices, retail stores, restaurants, dorms, apartments, and more. MODS is located in Wisconsin, but they are one of the few container home builders we’ve found that will ship worldwide.

Shipping container home for sale

Image © MODS International

Shipping container home for sale

MODS International container home

“At MODS International we repurpose shipping containers and turn them into amazing structures. We design and build everything from creative trade show displays, retail stores, offices, permanent residences, and more.” -MODS

Shipping container homes for sale

MODS International container home

Shipping container home

MODS International container home

MODS does not post a price list on their website like most of these other builders, but they do currently have one of their 40-foot homes listed for sale on Amazon for $36,000 plus shipping. For pricing, they encourage interested parties to contact them for details, as prices vary based on customization options.

MODS does have an extensive portfolio of previous projects, lending support to their claim of being a leading innovator in designing and building modular structures using shipping containers.

More information: MODS International

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IQ Container Homes

Starting at $20,000

So far, this list consists of container home companies in the U.S. For buyers in or near New Zealand, IQ Container homes is an Auckland-based builder supplying beautiful homes packed with eco-friendly features.

Shipping container home for sale

IQ Container homes – Image © Hayden Spurdle

Shipping container home

IQ Container Homes

“IQ Container Homes pride ourselves on being able to take one of the world’s strongest, most durable structures, a corten steel shipping container, and converting it into a high-quality, practical, environmentally responsible small home, bach or unit.” -IQ Container Homes

Shipping container home for sale

IQ Container Homes

Luxury shipping container home

IQ Container Homes

IQ’s homes range from $20,000 to $240,000 for various shapes and sizes. Their smallest models are perfect for a backyard office or additional sleeping space. Their larger models feature multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, all finished beautifully with a variety of custom options.

With a focus on sustainability from start to finish, IQ homes are designed to minimize construction waste, utilize passive solar and cross-ventilation, and can be equipped with solar panels, rainwater systems, and a variety of other eco-friendly options.

More information: IQ Container Homes

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Kubed Living

Starting at $66,500

Kubed Living is a California-based design firm founded by realtor and businesswoman Katalina Klein. Kubed offers several predesigned shipping container home options in a variety of prices or you can work with them to create a custom home. The team at Kubed is passionate about repurposing containers into modern, beautiful living spaces.  

Kubed shipping container home

Image © Kubed Living

The standard amenities included in each predesigned unit are plenty of windows and doors, luxury vinyl flooring, full bathrooms, kitchen appliances, cabinets, closets, recessed lighting, and more. The design team at Kubed Living is passionate about what they do and it shows in their work. Their shipping container projects are gorgeous, with every detail meticulously considered. 

Kubed container home

Image © Kubed Living 

“We understand the unique challenges of shipping container design and construction. We offer an alternative to the conventional. Our design solutions are within reach, support responsible living, and promote modern and graceful aesthetics. We strive to redefine the functionality and the experience of space through thoughtful design, original ideas and creative solutions.”

More information: Kubed Living

 

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jlaughlin

Friday 12th of April 2019

Found this article and saw it features MODS International in Appleton, Wisconsin. Before you even think of doing business with that company, do a search online for MODS International or Doug Larson. The company has over 70 court cases involving fraud, failure to pay vendors and employees. Always do your due diligence when making large purchase like this, especially from fraudsters. See this article, spells it all out: https://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/20180301/suspect-in-killingly-home-fraud-case-begins-restitution-payments

Off Grid World

Wednesday 17th of April 2019

Wow - thanks for the info. Sadly, we've seen several people take advantage of the popularity of these homes and defraud people. We agree - due diligence is essential when making any large purchase.

JGgotfooled

Wednesday 17th of October 2018

WARNING: The company included here called "Village Craft Homes" is a legitimate scam. It is actually just one guy named "Ron Bob"... I'm not making this up, I swear. He was happy to quote and design a project for me. Then collected a $12,500 deposit (50%), then strung me along for months promising that he was working on the project. After he was several months late and it became clear that he was a con artist, he stopped answering phone calls and emails. He has gone completely silent. I've had a lawyer send him an official letter and he 'refused' to sign for the letter. I have not received any money back. Please, please, avoid this 'company' at all costs.

JenniferHGTVCasting

Monday 6th of August 2018

My name is Jennifer Jordon and I currently casting for a series on HGTV about sustainable new home builds.

If anyone is building or knows of someone who is about to build their dream off grid home, we would love to feature them on HGTV!

We are looking to feature residential projects from start to finish kicking off anytime in the next month and completing by end of the year or early 2019.

Ideal candidates have a remote aspect to the property and sustainable elements in design.

Please let me know if you have any ?s or candidates for the show and feel free to pass along this information to anyone who might be interested!

Best, Jennifer

Jennifer Jordon Senior Producer Building Off the Grid

jen@jsddigital.com 720-436-6026

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