9 Innovative Shipping Container Home Plans for Your Next DIY Project

ver fantasized about crafting a home from Legos? Well, that might not hold up against the elements, but guess what? Shipping container homes let us…

ver fantasized about crafting a home from Legos? Well, that might not hold up against the elements, but guess what? Shipping container homes let us live out those block-building dreams, adult-style.

In this guide, I’ll walk you through top-tier plans for DIY shipping container homes and delve into the perks and pitfalls of these unique dwellings.

A bit about me – I’m a former real estate agent turned tiny house aficionado, with a soft spot for container homes. Trust me, I’m here to guide you right.

Ready to embark on this adventure? Let’s dive in!

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1. Custom Container Living

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This container house builder is one of the best in the business. They have done their research and can answer complex questions about stacking containers and the permitting process.

They also have a ton of designs to choose from!

Sure, they can build you a living space with a cozy master bedroom, a dining room, a third bedroom, a full bathroom, and a front door to die for, but their container home floor plans don’t end there.

Custom Container Living can also build an office, a garden greenhouse, or an in-law suite. They are also transparent when it comes to price, so when you describe the layout and features you’re looking for, they will be able to quote you a realistic cost estimate.

OK, I can’t wait any longer! Let me tell you about their floor plans.

2. The Professional

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The Professional design by Custom Container Living will let you enjoy the container home life while keeping things simple.

At just 160 square feet, this micro-unit can be placed just about anywhere, but the size doesn’t mean you’ll be missing out.

The Professional has a sleeping loft, a cute kitchenette, a bathroom with a shower, and a small living area to call home.

3. The Empty Nester

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The Empty Nester is Custom Container Living’s most popular floor plan.

This 320-square-foot unit has one bedroom downstairs plus an additional loft space. The dining area is a little small, but the comfortable living room more than makes up for it.

Anyone who lives tiny will tell you that layout is everything, and as someone who lives in 267 square feet, I can tell you I would be very happy living in this container house!

4. The Double Duo

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If you’re looking for a little more room, the Double Duo could be the design for you.

This plan features a large kitchen/dining area, a small living room, and a bathroom with a bathtub. The Double Duo is a one-bedroom unit, although a two-bedroom version is available if you need more space.

The best part about this home design is the master bedroom. It features a walk-in closet, a small office area, and an open flex space on one side of the room to use as you see fit.

5. Relevant Buildings

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It’s hard to choose a favorite Relevant Buildings floor plan because they are so talented and versatile.

This team seamlessly blends rustic, luxury, and industrial design elements to create homes that range from “cabin” to “luxury Airbnb rental.” But since I have to choose…

6. Tea House

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The Tea House container home floor plan offers 760 square feet of living space. If you’re a TV watcher, this may not be the floor plan for you because the main living area faces the kitchen.

Personally, though, I love to cook, and looking at an open-concept kitchen makes me happy. If you’re the same, this interior will not disappoint!

Price-wise, this container home is estimated to cost 225k USD if built in a shop or 275k if built on-site. If you love the Tea House but want a floor plan with more room, there is also a 998-square-foot version of this space with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

7. The De Lux River 40′ Shipping Container Home Floor Plan

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The De Lux River 40′ is constructed using two shipping containers and has a striking multi-tiered roof line! Inside, stunning beams steal the show. This model includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,173 square feet of living space.

This container design has city energy with a touch of cabin vibes that makes me think of Colorado or anywhere known for glamorous, rustic living.

From the outside, you’ll totally see the container, but from the inside? You’d never know you were in one.

8. SADU City

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Do you need a guest house but don’t have a lot of space? The SADU City 20′ floor plan by Relevant Buildings is the perfect compact ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) for your backyard.

This single container hosts an open living room and a downstairs bedroom, which is key if you plan to use containers as vacation rentals.

And speaking of vacation rentals, here’s a SADU City Airbnb in Portland, Oregon, you can stay at!

Now, you can try out containers before investing in your own.

9. Honomobo Shipping Container Home Floor Plans

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If you love luxury houses as much has I do, you need to know about Honomobo. Honomobo homes have things like indoor/outdoor common areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, and bedrooms that come with an ensuite bathroom!

If you want a cabin vibe, Honomobo is not for you.

But if your best life involves eating shrimp cocktail in a house that feels ten times as expensive as the price you’ll pay, you’ll want to learn more about what these containers can offer!

10. HO2 Shipping Container Home Floor Plan

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Behind door number one is Honomobo’s HO2 floor plan. This unit is the company’s least expensive model and comes in at just over 215k for 640 square feet of pure luxury.

The HO2 is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom model, but if you need two other bedrooms (or even three!) Honomobo can deliver.

11. HO5 Shipping Container Home Floor Plan

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Honomobo’s HO5 model is the largest house they offer. It’s built using five container modules!

This floor plan offers three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. And like all Honomobo structures, the HO5 has an open-concept main living space that is to die for.

Case-in-point: The main living room wall is all glass and opens up to a deck. So if you’re a fan of indoor/outdoor living, this design could suit your needs perfectly.

12. HS8 Shipping Container Home Floor Plan

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Do you really want to take containers to the limit? If so, you may want to consider Honomobo’s HS8 plan! The HS8 has a living room with wrap-around windows for a view that will probably land you a magazine feature.

If this model had a downside, though, it’s the narrow bedroom. This is a four-bedroom unit, and only one bedroom was pictured on the website. So maybe the two other bedrooms or master are wider?

Honestly, I’m not questioning it. I was too blinded by the gorgeous living room to even see the bedrooms!

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Shipping container homes are a great entry point into living in a tiny house. They are rugged and durable, as they’re built to withstand 100+mile-per-hour winds, huge waves, and long journeys on cargo ships.

What better hardy structure to live in than a shipping container home?

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