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1280sqft 3BR 1BA Shipping Container Home for $25k

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This is another design concept that uses 3 shipping containers for a 1280 square foot ranch style shipping container home. The key here is to maximize floor space with a minimal amount of materials.  



1280sqft 3BR 1BA Shipping Container Home

1280sqft ranch style shipping container home – for less than the price of a new car!

Minimalist home design

This design uses a minimalist approach to maximize livable floor space and the square footage of the entire footprint of the home, all while using the least amount of materials. This will reduce the total cost to build. Like many of our other shipping container home designs, we’re trying to keep things simple and affordable.


The design is so simple. It uses just two standard 40’ ISO shipping containers spaced 16 feet apart to form a grand entrance and living room/dining room space. This space is 640 square feet, with 12-foot vaulted ceilings. The two containers off to each side form the outer walls and contain the bedrooms and bathroom.

It’s not shown, but you could cut out half of the inside wall of one of the containers and form a very large kitchen, which opens into the dining room/living room common area, basically 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.

Ranch style shipping container home


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 in materials.

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

More for your money

1280 square feet is a good size to start out, even if you were to splurge a little with more expensive materials. You could add another $10k in amenities and still have one very affordable and very nice home. Spread the containers apart just 8 more feet and you increase the square footage to 1600 sqft. Not bad for the price, huh?

Ranch style shipping container home 3D model

Shipping container home floor plan

Ranch style container home floor plan

Shipping container home floor plan

Ranch style container home

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