Shipping Container Home Designed For Sustainable Family Living

In this weeks episode, we explore this lovely family which has been constructed using shipping containers. Named South Coast Container House, this has been sustainably constructed using four shipping containers and has also been extended to enclose communal spaces. At 95 square meters (1000 square feet) this home is capable of sleeping 10 people and has been divided into a main 85 square meter home, with an additional 15 square meter sleep-out made from a single 20ft shipping container.

Homeowner Simon takes us through his home and shows us it’s many features, from wonderful exposed shipping containers, though to the externally insulated walls for maximum performance and homes many sustainable features.

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Designed by architect Matt Elkan, this home has been designed with efficiency, performance and budget in mind. idea was to use shipping containers to create a wonderfully functional, healthy family home for a reasonable budget.

Enjoy full video tour of this beautiful container home.

Presented and Produced by:
Camera: Bryce Langston & Rasa Pescud
Editing: Rasa Pescud

‘Living in a Tiny House’ © 2019 Zyia Pictures Ltd


  1. this is the best house i have seen till now on this channel. i really appreciate the efforts of the person whos imagination is this…. heavenly beautiful home….

  2. I love this house.

    Does it really cost less to build with shipping containers than conventional stick framing?
    It seems to me the cheapest (not material, but labor) and fastest way, is to build using Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF).
    Please find and film a house that is made using ICF.

  3. The owner loves the sound of his own voice.

    The kids room is a barracks, not a room, where’s their clothes storage? Toys storage? They could’ve atleast made one set of bunks fold away, or have two floor level beds with two foldout bunks above supported by the roof.

    Who would ever use the outdoor shower when the neighbours window is right there?

    350k… Your contractors definitely read you right.

  4. I love this container house 80m is 850sq feet in SEATTLE,Wa USA would cost as much as $1M for property and $400 sq foot to build, plus Architecture costs and more insulation needed. Even with free design build >$350,000 + land >$500,000. Lowest price possible $900,000.

    Seattle is considering how to use 25 acres being surplussed by Feds in Seattle’s urban core.. Seems houses from containers w/elegant design would be a great solution for moderate priced shelter, that included space for one or 10, singles or multi-generational families plus community facilities. This kind of undeveloped land has never been available in a public process. I encourage all to stay tuned to see whether the outcome satisfies the opportunities.

  5. talking about simplicity and connection to nature with 350k? money comes first, many have the same dream but not the money. such a waste of money.

  6. The nice features of the US$240,000 house are the living room and the kitchen with wrapped around Japanese decks, which had nothing to do with the containers. The bad features of the containers, to me, has been retained of the narrow 8′-0″ wide bedroom space and the ugly and heavy steel doors were exposed as design features. To me, this is ugly. I can spend a quarter of million dollars for a part of a better looking container tower( sorry, I do not believe in building undetached single family living any more. I am all for Le Corbusier than for the great architect Wright as far as the future of the housing is concern.) You could have tiny apartments in a tower also, depending how you design them. George Wu, Architect, A.I.A., NCARB 2019-5-18 Too deep a subject talking about sociology and architecture. So, just leave it here and stop.

  7. When you see my 40 story container tower built, you will not see an inch of the corrugated metal panel or heavy looking steel doors anywhere in my housing. Frankly, I think those corrugated metal panels and the steel doors are ugly as hell. Why spend US$240,000 for an expensive house and still keep those ugly features is beyond me. I love to use the containers to build all my housing with, but I hide all the ugly steel elements after finished. George Wu, ARCHITECT, A.I.A., NCARB 2019-5-18

  8. My container housing, high and low rise, are sculpturally designed with the ins and the outs. You do not know they were built with the recycled, cheap containers. 10′-0″ wide living space and bedrooms instead of the given 8′-0″ narrowness. George Wu, ARCHITECT, A.I.A., NCARB 2019-5-18

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