A Tiny DIY Shipping Container Home Built From Scratch

I’m sure many of us flirted with the idea of building a tiny home and some even considered building one out of a reclaimed shipping container. This is the story of someone who took this idea and turned into reality. 

The original exterior shell of the container was kept as it was and wasn't covered up in any wayThe original exterior shell of the container was kept as it was and wasn’t covered up in any way

Tomas Ryan built his own tiny home from scratch. Without any experience with this sort of projects, there were many challenges to overcome. Mistakes were made along the way but eventually the project was completed and it turned out great. This took in total 288 hours of work and it cost $25,000 and the house is called hâB. 

The container has open ends on either side and tall windows in the central sectionThe container has open ends on either side and tall windows in the central section

The frame of the house is a recycled high-cube container. It’s 40 feet long, 9.5 feet tall and 8 feet wide and it’s been insulated with polyurethane closed cell spray foam. There’s  a 1.5” – 2.5” thick layer of insulation on all the walls, a 3” thick layer on the ceiling and a 1” thick one underneath the floor. 

A set of double glass doors was set a few inches apart from the metal doors, creating a tiny entranceA set of double glass doors was set a few inches apart from the metal doors, creating a tiny entrance

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The original exterior look of the container was kept because it suited the industrial style Thomas was going for. The interior however is a whole different story. This tiny house has double sliding glass doors that gives easy access indoors from one side and another set of doors on the opposite side behind the metal doors of the original container. It also has 8 ft tall windows that bring light into the central section of the house. 

Big windows were placed on opposite sides and allow one to see right through the houseBig windows were placed on opposite sides and allow one to see right through the houseThe openings ensure a strong connection between the interior of this tiny house and the entire outdoor areas surrounding itThe openings ensure a strong connection between the interior of this tiny house and the entire outdoor areas surrounding itThe overall style chosen for this tiny house is modern with strong industrial influencesThe overall style chosen for this tiny house is modern with strong industrial influences

The interior design is nice and simple. There’s bamboo vinyl flooring and a light color palette with warm wood accents for an airy and inviting feel. The kitchen is incorporated into a standalone module and includes a small fridge under the counter, a microwave, toaster and a sink as well as quite a bit of storage. There’s also a floating desk attached to one of the walls, a tool storage cabinet on the opposite wall and a small round table with a couple of metal chairs in the middle. The bedroom is big enough for a queen-size bed with some space to move around and the bathroom has a shower, toilet a small vanity and access to the closet. 

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The interior is exposed to the outdoors on all four sides but still maintains a cozy ambianceThe interior is exposed to the outdoors on all four sides but still maintains a cozy ambianceA small kitchen doubles as a dividing module on one side of the houseA small kitchen doubles as a dividing module on one side of the houseA small table with a couple of chairs is placed in the middle, right between the two sets of windowsA small table with a couple of chairs is placed in the middle, right between the two sets of windowsThere's also a minimalistic wall-mounted desk that can be shared by two people at the same timeThere’s also a minimalistic wall-mounted desk that can be shared by two people at the same timeThe bathroom is small and placed right behind the kitchenThe bathroom is small and placed right behind the kitchenThe bedroom has tall and slender windows in the cornersThe bedroom has tall and slender windows in the cornersThe bamboo flooring add a warm touch to the interior of the house along with the earthy colors used throughoutThe bamboo flooring add a warm touch to the interior of the house along with the earthy colors used throughoutThe metal table and chairs bring an industrial feel inside the houseThe metal table and chairs bring an industrial feel inside the houseBecause the house is so small, is can comfortably fit in a backyard or can be taken to a beautiful location in the middle of natureBecause the house is so small, is can comfortably fit in a backyard or can be taken to a beautiful location in the middle of natureAside from painting it and adding the windows, no other changes were done to the exterior of the containerAside from painting it and adding the windows, no other changes were done to the exterior of the container

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