Shipping containers recycled into Tiny House Concept Adapted 2 months ago   12:46

Kirsten Dirksen
Real estate broker Jeff White dreamed of transforming used shipping containers into affordable housing. Laughed at by the first architects he approached, he began to work on his concept using a 40-foot-long, 9-foot-6-inches-tall and 8-foot-wide container in the driveway of his Salt Lake City (Utah) home. Being "busted" by a city inspector became the needed publicity for his project and soon after the Salt Lake's mayor was behind him and helped to ease the permits and inspections process.

After two years of transformation (including plans, groundwork and permits), what began as two forty-foot high cube containers is now a light and airy 672-square-foot house. It's not dirt cheap- the Sarah House (named for a San Francisco homeless woman whose makeshift home inspired White) is currently on the market for $135,000 (and only to low-income buyers)-, but that price includes a lot of hidden costs. "I spent 40 thousand dollars for the lot and then the infrastructure underneath it, getting the sewer, water lines, probably an additional 25 thousand dollars. So you can see where I'm at, the house is still coming in at 55 to 60 thousand dollars." White thinks with time and economies of scale, he can bring the costs down.

Sarah House:

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I like this very much. Great thought has gone into it. I could retire happily to a home like this.💕
cornbread .caviar
Is this gentleman still making these homes and how can I have one shipped out of the country?
Reminds me of the bungalow I grew up in Chicago
Arlyn Johnson
"...we have chickens, roosters, goats and a polygamist family" hahaha! I said WTF did he say? Had to rewind it....
Would hate to have to constantly go up to the roof to shovel snow off in UTAH, known to have snow.
Daniel Danrich
We got chickens, goats and Polygamous, there all over the place LOL!
Mon S
Looks like a fast food drive through.
JES Smith
Very nice! Like the modern look.
Frank Wong
What is cost of this home?
Raw2929 Will
Love how he think about the price
Ben Evans
Best presentation yet of a container home! This kit idea could catch on quickly.
alice vivian
Which country are you we can make this in aur country
ams bestunderstanding
Very cool & thoughtful!
Leemala Malan
In Africa Land is plenty but not fully uitilized
Santa Rosa Amanda Armas
Bella home cute amazing 😍👌
Marthe Hall
Thank you! Please manufacture them in quantities. Great option for young professionals who are unable to break into the traditional housing market and/or unwilling to take on a 30-year mortgage because they already have massive student debts hey struggle to pay. Everyone should be able to have access to affordable, decent housing.
Make them customizable, minimal, modern, but of all else fails, affordable. Insulate them well to suit frigid winters and ship them to Canada, please. 😊🇨🇦
Lisa Allen
What a lovely and thoughtful design. I would happily live in a home like that
Bennett Stephenson
Well shows us the bull rooms?
Tabetha Frazier
Wow this man is a genius
Great design.
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