Everybody deserves a home. And if that home is very affordable, made from recycled materials, and looks unique, that’s even more of a reason to move in! And don’t let the fact that you’ll be living in a shipping container get you down—that’s part of the appeal for some people.

One of the biggest fans of this type of living to be found on the net is the ‘Shipping Container World’ Instagram page that’s devoted to the cool and gorgeous homes built out of industrial shipping containers. We’re featuring some of the most interesting and creative houses they’ve featured, so scroll on down, upvote your fave photos, and let us know which homes you liked the most and why.

Like with most architectural projects, however, there are always luxury models available, too. Who knew living in a literal container could be considered chique as well? It looks like there’s a bit of everything for everyone, you just need to know where to find it.

More info: Instagram | LivingInAContainer.com

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Jo Johannsen
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6 months ago

Pretty.

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mulk
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6 months ago

wow... just wow

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Jo Johannsen
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6 months ago (edited)

Interesting, almost church-like.

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Like all projects, shipping container homes have their fair share of pros and cons. EMS explains that one big upside of using recycled containers for a building project is the speed of the construction which can be done within a few weeks or months, depending on the size of the house.

What’s more, container houses tend to be more cost-effective than the alternatives while also being very durable. Not only that, they’re much more mobile, too. Transporting such a home is far easier if you decide to move elsewhere.

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Sum Guy
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6 months ago

This is the right use for a shipping container, small house in nature with great outdoor living

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Soulstice
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6 months ago

Oh wow a whole apartment! I think this is a great idea for overpopulated areas in poverty

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Billy The Kid
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6 months ago

Very nice. Loving the spaces

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There are a bunch of cons, though. Depending on the current state of the shipping containers you plan to use for your new home, the entire project might not be as eco-friendly as you hope. Some containers are already worn down or rusted, meaning they have to be refurbished. That means spending money on additional materials, some of which aren’t fantastic for the environment.

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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6 months ago

Looks like the perfect spot for a lakeside bar with a rooftop patio.

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Shalini Pabreja
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6 months ago

Obviously it doesn’t rain here, I hope.

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Leona Martin
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6 months ago

the outdoor area certainly helps

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Furthermore, you have to be absolutely certain that the containers didn’t contain any hazardous materials beforehand. So you have to take the time and energy to inspect the materials beforehand if you’re not relying on a trusted company to do the work for you and are relying more on your own DIY skills.

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Sum Guy
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6 months ago

At what point does it become more expensive to use a shipping container rather than using conventional building methods

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Ara
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6 months ago

Good to see the original container doors being used to open the walls up

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Billy The Kid
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6 months ago

I cant believe this is built from containers.

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The ‘Shipping Container World’ Instagram project also works as a blog that’s called ‘Living in a Container.’ The founder of the blog explains that they’d fallen in love with container homes and wanted to share how awesome these projects can be with the world.

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Billy The Kid
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6 months ago

Plain and simple and very nice

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Sum Guy
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6 months ago

This one is very nice... it's also a very cool airbnb. https://youtu.be/4_glb9nHuGM

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Cori
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6 months ago

The inside looks roomier than I would have thought. It's actually really beautiful!

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“This blog, initially fashioned from my very own enthusiasm for shipping container homes, has developed and is planned to be a noteworthy asset for every home aficionado/visionaries!” they share on their website.

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Grumble O'Pug
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6 months ago

NIcely done

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Robert Thomas
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6 months ago

i like this one they did nice if the people who made this see this comment great job :D

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Guinny
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6 months ago

kinda funky i dont mind it actually

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However, the founder also highlights the fact that their project is meant purely for documenting these cool shipping container homes, as well as informing and entertaining the public. They’re not a container home construction company.

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Mark Berry
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6 months ago

For some reason, reminds me of Sesame Street

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Amery
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6 months ago

Simple & Sweet. Love it.

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Shalini Pabreja
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6 months ago

This one was featured on Living Bug in Tiny Houses. I believe there were a lot of comments on the (lack of) chemistry between the couple who built it.

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“While we do our best to make sure our information is accurate, please contact a professional shipping container home builder for information,” they put things bluntly that you should still get in touch with a professional to double-check everything.

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F. H.
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6 months ago

That looks hard to get insulated.

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WindyWolfe
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6 months ago

WOW, I love the window design

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Flexiegirl94
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6 months ago

nice and simple!

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What’s more, the team behind the ‘Shipping Container World’ and ‘Living in a Container’ project point out that they also don’t actually sell shipping container houses nor plans to build them. Gain, it’s all about infotainment and sharing their passion with the world.

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Guinny
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6 months ago

everyone can see ervything though

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Erika Watson
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6 months ago

This one is perfect, not to much and it fits in but looks amazing

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Nikki Sevven
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6 months ago

Love the clerestory windows on this one.

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The project also aims to inspire others with the jaw-dropping designs that it features by industry professionals the world over.

What do you think of these shipping container homes, dear Pandas? Did any stand out for you in particular? Would you like to give living in a container a shot or would you prefer a more traditional home? Share your thoughts and feelings in the comment section below.

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ZombieGirl
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6 months ago

This roof would be destroyed the first tornado storm that came by lol

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Sum Guy
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6 months ago

That's a lot of structural elements for a type of architecture that was meant to be simple, efficient and cheap living

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Guinny
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6 months ago

not the ugly tiny tub in the middle

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