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.
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.
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.
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.
Actually, I have some land, in Oklahoma, and am hoping to begin a community on it this year. This type of building can be accepted.