2560sqft 5BR 2BA 2 Story Shipping Container Home For $50k

2560sqft 5BR 2BA Shipping Container Home

This shipping container home concept uses 4 shipping containers for a total of 2560 square feet. At this size, you could easily incorporate 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms into the home. 

2560sqft 5BR 2BA Shipping Container Home

AFFORDABLE: This is a HUGE home for only $50k. Even at only $499 per month, you could afford this home and have it paid in full in 8 years. With 10% down ($5k) you could pay it off in 7. No more 20-30 year mortgages.



Building homes from recycled shipping containers just makes sense. They’re inexpensive, readily available, and easy to ship just about anywhere.

2560sqft 5BR 2BA Shipping Container Home $50k5000 Watt SOLAR POWER SYSTEM: This system would be complete with a simple and affordable 5000w solar power system which can be pole-mounted or installed on the roof of the home. Price: ~$10k

SEPTIC SYSTEM: Self-contained/Composting

Minimalist home design 

Like our other concepts, this design uses a minimalist approach to maximize livable floor space and the square footage of the entire footprint of the home, while using the least amount of materials, thereby reducing the total cost to build.


The design is very simple; it uses just 4 standard 40’ ISO shipping containers spaced 16 feet apart to form a grand entrance and living room/dining room space which is 640 square feet on both the 1st and second floor.

2560sqft 5BR 2BA Shipping Container Home

They are stacked atop one another to create the second floor. The space between the second floor is easily spanned with some braces and floor joists.

The second floor has a 12-foot vaulted ceiling. The two containers off to each side form the outer walls and contain the bedrooms and bathrooms.

You could easily take and cut out half of the inside wall of one of the containers and form a very large kitchen/dining room/living room common area, giving the whole place a very big “feel” inside. The addition of the large glass wall in the back is simply to give it a more open feel.


Notice how much more room there is inside. Really this is the whole idea. Technically, we could add another 8 feet to the width and increase the common area floor space by 33% to 960 square feet, and that would only increase costs by about $3000-$5000 more in materials.

The rear of the house doesn’t have to be a glass wall, but it looks nice and will give the interior space a large feel opening onto the back patio/balcony. I’m not sure you could get much more space for the money using only four 40’ shipping containers.

2560sqft 5BR 2BA Shipping Container Home

More for your money

2560 square feet is a lot of square footage for $50k. Even if you were to splurge a little with more expensive materials you could add another $10-$15k in amenities and still have a very nice, affordable home.


Disclaimer: These are 3D design concepts for shipping container homes. They’re only a design concepts, and they do not exist, and are not for sale. The pricing presented here (if any) are for BARE BONES materials, does not include freight, moving, crane rental, or any amenities. This design is licensed under an Open Source Creative Commons Share and Share AlikeNon-Commercial license, as long as proper credit and link is given to this page.

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  1. I love the design. I wonder what type of materials are used in their price assumption. I have seen people build earth around theirs to insulate. I have also seen people wrap the exterior in metal studs, fill it spaces with insulating foam/materials and put a siding on that is usually sprayed with Super Therm, which I believe is a ceramic paint that is noise reducing, insulating and an adhesive.

    I want to see some floorplans and build this within a year.

  2. This is an exciting idea, but more has to be said about the foundation for the structure. You can’t just lay these things on the ground and start building. In many areas you have to sink footings, and flood-prone areas will want it raised off the ground in some way. I’d love to hear from people who know more about possible foundations for this type of design.

  3. This stuff is amazing, I live in New Hampshire and houses out here are so expensive. ranch style house can go for anywhere from $150k up to $200k. makes me really want to juts buy some land and get creative with containers