As we use standard shipping containers, we are able to offer 20 foot and 40 foot options. Both container lengths are 8 feet wide. The standard 20 foot and 40 foot containers are 8 1/2 feet tall. The 20 foot and 40 foot containers are also available as a ‘high cube’ and this container is 9 1/2′ tall (1 foot taller than the standard 40′ container).We are able to raise the ceilings in all of the containers to accommodate one or more lofts.The industry also makes 48′, and 53′ containers. These are primarily used for domestic purposes and are much more difficult to find. As such, while we can build using these containers, the cost will be significantly higher due to shipping costs.
This is the most commonly asked question, so we want to give you a realistic idea of what one may cost. We provide a base price for each of our floor plans under the floor plans-pricing tab here on our website. When selecting a floor plan you can see what is included in the base price, when looking at what is standard you will notice some upgrade costs as well, these are some of our most common upgrades. Any upgrade not found on our website will be priced on an individual bases. This will provide you with a fairly accurate cost of the floor plan you are interested in, with the only variances based on any customizations you may require or the local jurisdiction may require.
When it comes to purchasing, we require 50% down and the remainder due once complete, but before delivery takes place.
We do not offer financing directly. As the Tiny Home movement is a bit new, financing can be a challenge as we wait for banks and other lenders to determine exactly how they want to loan on these structures. Having said that, there are some lenders who are starting to come around. After doing a bit of research, below are the various options we have found. The first two are “Tiny Home” specific. The others are a combination of personal loans and peer-to-peer financing.
While shipping containers were made to be easily transported, they are not conducive to placing on a trailer and moving around each weekend as some of the “tiny homes” you see on TV. Those are made on trailers with normal wood construction.
A 20′ container weighs approximately 4,800 pounds and a 40′ container weighs over 8,000 pounds. Fully built out, a 20′ container could weigh easily over 10,000 pounds and a 40′ container could be well over 20,000 pounds.
These homes are made to be transported, set in place, and stay put. This does not mean that you could not easily move them to a new location should you have the need or should you sell it. This will just require a call to your local tow company. What it does mean, however, is that this is not something you would likely do yourself on your own trailer.
Delivery is included for the first 200 miles from where we build them in Archie, MO. Click here to see delivery charges for your location. You are also welcome to pick it up if you have a roll-back trailer and the means to do this.
It is your responsibility to watch the delivery video and determine if access to your property for delivery fits within our standard guidelines . If you have any question at all about access to your property or any potential delivery issues you have the option of having someone from our team visit your site to determine accessibility and if there is a need for any special equipment such as a crane, wrecker or other. If after inspection of your property we determine there is need for any special equipment we will let you know what the additional delivery fee will be. The fee for an optional property inspection visit is $750.00.
When we deliver the container home we will place on the pad site that has been prepared ahead of time and if placing on steel plates we will have the container welded down. It is the homeowners responsibility to contact local contractors to have site work completed. We will provide the contractors with all the info needed to hook-up the container home.
We install a 12,000/10,600 BTU air/heat combination unit in our 20′ homes. This unit is rated for 115V so will operate on your standard 120V plug. The 20′ cabins are 160 sq. ft. and the unit has a coverage of 450 sq. ft. This is 280% more coverage area than the cabin itself.
In the 40′ homes, which normally contain a bedroom, we will install two air/heat units—one in the bedroom and one in the main living area.
You can also upgrade to a Mitsubishi ductless mini-split system in either of the units. These come in both standard (down to 6 degrees) and hyper-heat (down to minus 13 degrees) options.
We use closed cell spray foam insulation in both the walls and the ceilings of our container homes. This not only provides the maximum insulation possible, it also reinforces what is already the strongest construction available.
As these are containers and not traditional wood construction, they start out wind and water tight. The only holes in the container are those we cut for doors and windows (and raised ceilings if applicable). Because of this, the containers heat and cool very quickly.
Codes and zoning will differ depending on the state/city/county where the container home will be placed, what it will be used for, and how it will be secured. In some cases it may be considered an outbuilding. In other cases it may be considered a home. In many counties and smaller towns, there may not be any zoning at all. The first thing we recommend is to contact your local state/city/county and discuss your plans. As “Tiny Living” is a fairly new concept, more and more localities are having to decide how to classify this type of dwelling when used for a residence.
Another option, when looking at residing in the container home and you do not yet own land, is to contact a local mobile home park and discuss placing your container home in the park. The advantage to this option is that all utility services are already present.
If the above options will not work in your state/city/county then this option is most likely the way we would need to move forward with your custom container home so it will be approved in your jurisdiction. There are many states/cities/counties that will require the home to be certified through the state as a Manufactured home (Factory Built). We have been approved through many states and continue to add states to our list. If your state/city/county require the home to certified as a Manufactured home we have three different floor plans that have already been approved or ready to be approved through the specific state program which you reside. The floor plans we have available are the 40′ Empty Nester, Double Duo and the Dwell Well. If you have a completely custom container design that does not fit any of the above floor plans then we will have to have all the plans and engineering completed, this process will take additional time and add an additional cost to the base price of the home. If you select one of the floor plans we have completed already there will be a minimal cost added to the base price to cover the states cost, inspections and anything else that might be required. The additional cost added to the base price will very from state to state and whichever floor plan is selected.
It takes between 4 to 10 weeks to build a custom container home, depending on the design and construction materials. Total time between order and delivery is dependent on the number of homes being constructed. We can give you a more exact timeframe when you order your home.
The utilities (electric, water, sewer/septic) are connected the same as they would be in a normal house. Of course, we can customize this based on your need. If hooking to a generator, we can make sure you have the right connection for electric. We can also include gas lines for the hot water heater and stove if you plan to run propane. We discuss all of this with you when designing your container home.
All of our homes can accommodate solar and it is best to work with a local solar provider who understands the solar capability, best location for solar panel placement and amount of sunlight for your area. We can work with your local solar provider prior to building the home and incorporate any necessary modifications as needed so that your home is delivered “solar ready” or you can work with a local solar provider after we deliver the home and retrofit it with solar. We can also work with them to deliver a full or partial off-grid quote specific to your situation.
Steel shipping container walls are made from 14 gauge, 0.078 inch corrugated sheet steel panels that are welded to the main structure. The top and bottom side rails and end frames are 7 gauge tubular steel. The steel used to build modern shipping/cargo containers is a corrosive resistant high-strength low-alloy steel.
The floors are 1-1/8″ thick marine plywood. The bottom of the shipping/cargo container has 3-4 mm thick cross members that have recesses along the bottom side rails, which allows them to be lifted with special straddle carriers. The floor of the shipping/cargo container is 1-1/8″ thick marine (19 ply treated) plywood screwed into the main structure.
There are two main options. (Click here for video on how they are fastened down)
- Set the container directly on the ground or on blocks to level the unit. You may want to choose this option if you plan on moving the unit in the near future or you do not need a permanent installation. This option is not recommended for a container home that is intended to be a permanent home.
- We will provide steel plates that are 12″x12″ with “J” hooks welded to the bottom side to insert into the concrete piers as they set up. The container will be set on the piers and welded to the steel plates. This is the option we strongly recommend for our container homes.
Click here to watch our delivery video that will help you gain a better understanding of what is included in a standard delivery of a container home. Pricing for each zone shown on the Delivery Tab includes a standard delivery. Anything that doesn’t qualify for a standard delivery might have additional cost associated with the delivery of the container home. After viewing the video if you still have questions about your site qualifying for the standard delivery pricing please send us an email with your questions through the Contact Us Button.
We have three different types of foundations that we would recommend when preparing for your container home. Click here to see a video on the recommended foundation types
We have three foundation types we recommend:
1. Digging and pouring concrete piers, then placing crushed gravel around the piers to allow for drainage.
2. This option includes pouring the piers and then a concrete slab on top of the piers to give a good solid surface under your container home, this helps keep things from digging under the home. This is our most popular option and the option we would recommend.
3. This option would add a partial crawl space to either the concrete piers with crushed gravel or the piers and slab. This option we strongly recommend in areas that have really cold climates, this is where all the plumbing connections would be made. In most cases we see a base board type heater mounted in the crawl space to keep it warn in the extreme cold.
*** All of these options are recommendations, you will need to check with the local jurisdiction to see if they have any requirements.***