Shipping Container Housing – Global Portable Buildings

Now here is a company that seems to be very well funded building tiny portable homes out of shipping containers. The houses are a bit plain but if you like the industrial look of shipping containers and spartan interiors these little houses might look like home sweet home to you.

Global Portable Buildings Inc, located in Santa Rosa, California has a bunch in stock too, so if you need one right away they can load it on a truck and deliver it to your property. They say no foundation is needed but best to check with you local building department to see what kind of permits might be required.

They also have a variety of different layouts, some with kitchens and bathrooms, and serve are permanent of temporary housing. The smallest basic unit starts at $12,000.

I personally think they could have made them look a bit nicer. I’ve seen a lot of cool modern homes build from shipping containers. These look a bit too much like barracks to me. But I have to admit, a simple home delivered to your doorstep at a reasonable price, maybe they’re a pretty good deal, but if you follow that logic a Domino’s Pizza looks like a good deal too. LOL

What do you think? Discuss at Tiny House Forum.

Photo credit Global Portable Buildings Inc.

13 thoughts on “Shipping Container Housing – Global Portable Buildings

  1. jgodsey says:

    i got a price from them for a 40′ deluxe (w/kitchen and bath) for about $23K which I thought was fair. however that model doesn’t connect, too bad. I would have liked the possibility of adding on basic units in future.

  2. Samantha says:

    Does anyone have any ideas one where to live in one of these if you don’t own your own property? Will RV parks accept them? I want to build one and make it look very nice, almost like an elongated cabin with vaulted roof, etc., but I’m scared I won’t have anywhere to put it where it will be accepted by the uptight, general masses.

  3. Michael Janzen says:

    Hi Samantha,

    I think it would depend on the RV park. I suspect at minimum they’d want to see it on wheels and tow-able. I’ve not seen a cargo container on wheels like that.

    But the solution above is clever and it’s imaginable that a RV park owner would allow it since it is portable, albeit with a big truck.

    The other more common solution is to find someone with enough property and an open mind to let you plop a tiny house like this on their land. These people do exist they are just a challenge to find. I’d start with friends and craigslist. I’d also assume that rural or industrial areas would be more of a possibility. Residential neighborhoods have too many neighbors, and it’s complaints from neighbors that bring the authorities.

    • Bill says:

      Hey Victoria,
      My name is Bill. I was wondering if you have set up your community yet? I am considering living on one. Take care, Bill

  4. Nancy says:

    I wish Mississippi would get wise to the shipping container houses.I would love to have one.Does anyone know if rhere are any in Ms ?

  5. Brian Rosebrugh says:


    The ‘Cargo Container Homes’ concept is gathering a very large following. Architects and designers are putting out plans faster than you can find them. There are more than 700,000 used cargo containers being stored all over North America at this time. Average used container prices are in the $2000.00 range. They can be attached almost any way you can imagine. They can be stacked up to 10 high to make apartment buildings or office complexes or student housing or low-income housing almost anywhere. These concepts have been in existence for at least 10 years now. To find out more just type ‘cargo container house’ in Google.

    • Container Home says:

      You are right Brian this concept dates back more than 10 years in fact the first US patent issued for the concept was awarded to Mr Phillip Clarke of Miami on the 8th August 1989.

      The classic “overnight” success story I suppose.

      Scary to think that is 21 years ago now : )

  6. modern says:

    Is it possible for the future of a container house will become a trend? hmm .. I think it could also happen, maybe. In Indonesia I rarely find these designs, some day when I already have a lot of money and a small container house definitely cool to be realized, because this is my dream .. may god give me good luck for my dream to be realized

  7. Raphael Chung says:

    Except it is accepted by RV park without wheels. Property tax is due if no wheels any where. The 5th Wheel does not need to pay property tax because it has wheels and towable immediately. The brans new 5th wheel 31′ with 3 slides furnished is at $28,000 range (Heratland brand)
    There’s no permit for 5th wheels, no property tax, and IRS will let you file your income tax, to choose a state with no state income tax.

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