Shipping containers recycled into Tiny House Concept Adapted 5 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.

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This is a very good idea. I believe in the last number of years this has been getting used as one of the tiny house building options.
johnny anderson
In a state where it snows would the roof that catches rain be ok? With the way its built i would hole the weight of the snow but would it be safe??? I
April Little
This guy is a genius.
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macc redd
This guy by far is the most practical of all the builders I’ve seen before.
Kelly Kelly
I just looove this container home! Genius design. I so hope to see more of these. We need them in California!!!!!
Human Centered
This is so much more expensive than a stick built house. Everyone thinks these are "cheap" or "affordable" and they are the exact opposite.
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this would make sense to build on a remote lot or a in-law building. I build a Shop once between two 40' containers in Afghanistan. No code enforcement lol.
Trish Kidwell
I want one.
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Melanie Donaldson
Very nice!!!
Melanie Donaldson
Very mice#
But the shower for "people with physical limitations" has a ridge u have to step. over: better to have no ridge, clean later walk in...
Sadiqa Cassell
How would one go about owning one of these?? I'm really interested in owning one and do you think its possible for a two level container home?
Nita Swann
How would they hold up to hurricanes? I live on the gulf coast.,near where Michael came in.
Jones Lo
Love this. Do you built in Texas. I am a senior, are there anything affordable?
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