This Stylish Shipping Container is Off the Grid
Alternative living spaces strike again! It seems the world can’t get enough of eco-friendly, wallet-friendly, custom–built homes. When it comes to tiny houses, childhood whimsy often materializes into industrial strength reality.
Imagine toying around with the idea of turning a plain ol’ rectangle into a home, complete with a full bathroom, electricity, and a living room. For example, a 20-foot shipping container made of steel, with its oblong shape and tall sides, can be converted into a 140-to-150-square-foot home.
That’s exactly what Brenda Kelly of Auckland, New Zealand did, but played it smart by making the main living zone of her home less than 20 feet so she wouldn’t need a building permit. Instead, her shipping container house utilizes 10 meters of space for the indoors and the rest for storage and outdoor relaxation.
While you see a lot of tiny homes with the bed in a loft area, here the living room is elevated and the sleeping area is nested in a den beneath it. A convertible couch which doubles as storage and a small bed sits by a window. Curtains, bead lights, and a small TV hang in the room, making it cozy and perfect for lounging.
The home impressively houses a queen size bed that is framed by strip lighting and small lights for reading. At the foot of the bed are storage cubes on shelves and a hanging rod where Brenda puts some of her clothing. She’s got enough space to sit up comfortably or play with her cat.
Brenda’s future plans for the home include expanding to add landscaping and an outdoor patio. As far as tiny homes go, what do you think of this one inside and out? Could you live in 100 square feet of space? Tell us in the comments!