Ever feel like living in a simpler life? Or wish to be completely off-grid? Maybe you’re just looking for a more cost-effective home? Perhaps you have some interesting design ideas? The answer to all of these (and some more) questions may be a tiny house! Tiny houses recently have been gaining a lot of traction, as more people start considering downsizing as a better, easier approach to everyday life.

But let’s backtrack a little: what exactly are tiny houses? Tiny houses are, in fact, small living spaces, usually ranging from 10 m2 to 38 m2. They tend to feature only the most necessary (although it varies from house to house) spaces, such as a living area, a kitchen, a bathroom and a sleeping loft. The great thing about tiny houses is that often they are made in a way that allows it to be easily moved, thus whenever you need to relocate you can just bring your house with you. There is also a way to build these homes to be completely self-contained, meaning that the house has everything needed within itself and is, in turn, off-grid. An example would be a house that generates its own electricity via solar panels and collects rainwater.

They seem truly great, but how does one build a tiny house? Well, there are many options when it comes to constructing your own house. It may be adapted to fit a trailer on wheels, built like a regular house, or you can even use a shipping container. The latter alternative has become quite popular in the tiny house community. It may seem a bit strange at first, but once you think about it more shipping containers and tiny houses are a great duo!

For a tiny house, as it is indeed small, you only need a couple of shipping containers to create the desired space. Not only is a tiny house itself a lot more economical to construct, using shipping containers as the main material cuts costs even more compared to building a house the old-fashioned way.

However, the perks of using shipping containers for home building don’t stop at cutting costs. It may seem that a shipping container home is flimsy, yet it is anything but that. Shipping containers are made for the purpose of storing goods, specifically designed and manufactured in order to offer safe and secure storage for valuable items. Hence, only durable and strong metals are used. And we can’t leave out the fact that shipping containers are made to be watertight, which is an extremely important quality when considering what to build your home out of.

And, of course, we can’t forget the design of the house! There are so many ways a shipping container can be transformed to fit a specific vision someone may have for a tiny house. A garage door? Or perhaps a French door? Lots of windows? Bright colours? Or maybe leave the original shipping container look for a bold and modern house? Truly anything is possible, all sort of ideas can come to life and create a little bit of space that is nothing short of perfect for you.

All in all, tiny houses have many benefits and a vast array of possibilities. Choosing to construct them from shipping containers is truly a great option for numerous reasons, such as lower cost, durability, design choices and so on. Tiny houses and shipping containers very well may be the perfect match!