Cabin Built Out Of 3 Shipping Containers. This is so beautiful!


You don’t need a lot of money to build a luxurious home. An example is this cabin, built out of three shipping containers. Each container was bought for $3,400 by Joseph Dupuis, who is originally from Ottawa. The owner worked to convert these containers into a luxurious and cozy cabin, fully insulated from the cold winters and with an in-built cooling system for hot summers. The cabin is pretty spacious, measuring in at 355 square feet, and being equipped with a wood stove, solar panels for power and an entirely furnished kitchen and shower.

three-shipping-containers-home-2From the outside it looks like some conventional containers.

three-shipping-containers-home-3Opening the doors will transform everything for you.

Check out the beautiful kitchen, shower, and fireplace!.. all in the next page…


    • Dana Binkley on said:

      I was wondering about that. In the last picture the floor appeared to be wet from condensation? Looked like part of it was mopped.

      • If you look closely you can see the board in between two of the containers is warped. Meaning it have leaked down rainwater through the joint.

    • Better to use old refrigerated container wagon bodies, they are well insulated and easy to cut window openings and doors with a circular saw.No condensation problems, warm in Winter…cool in Summer. I Built an Algae production facility and Laboratory using them a few years back.

  • Mike Castonia on said:

    What about turning 1 of the containers 180 degrees so you have a back door and flow thru ventilation and most importantly a second means of egress.
    It looks great.

  • Ken Hollingum on said:

    If the container was painted with ceramic beads in the paint it does amazing things to keep heat in in the winter and reflects 85% of the UV rays and hear from the sun.

  • Diane Cook on said:

    Nice, but far from luxurious, even for a cabin. Like others have mentioned, there are other options besides septic. Where are the sinks and shower draining?

  • The beautiful thing is the floors. I can imagine redoing those with some modifications including maybe even pole type metal roof and an upper storage loft. Possibly even space between the units allowing for several different things including the ventilation and toilets aforementioned and going off the grid.

  • In Canada, the flat roof would pose issues in winter. It would have to be shoveled off.

    I like the idea, don’t like the execution. As long as the owner is happy though, can’t say much!

  • I like the idea of being able to close the steel doors for security in the wilderness when not occupied. It could be made more comfortable and finished but it is all its supposed to be. Good idea with the pole barn style roof.

  • It’s actually pretty ugly having the doors outside flopping around or in view.

    Additionally, $3400.00 X 3 plus all the cutting and welding involved to properly join the containers buys an awful lot of lumber….

  • There are water stains on the floor. Looks like someone tried to mop up the water before the pic but you can see stains to the right of the mopped part. Also water damage to the drywall underneath one window.

    I like the idea of using shipping containers but I’ve seen some that are WAY more beautiful and practical than this one.

    • Thomas on said:

      Part of that may be due to not having a REAL roof on it. Simply running some roofing membrane across and maybe even installing a sloped roof to have the water run off instead of standing on top would help. Plus, having the seams welded together and sealed.

  • An American Homestead on said:

    HUMANURE would not require an EXPENSIVE septic system. Our homestead has been using one for almost 5 years now. They work, they don’t stink and it’s friendly for the environment.

  • Kyahppy on said:

    you don’t add the cost of furniture to the cost of building something. it’s 2 different animals. so the cost of the shipping containers is what it is. and the cost of furnishing the shelter is what it is.

  • Vman on said:

    Want to know how they insulated it to keep the moisture condensation out. Needed info for my connex. No I don’t want spray foam. Might as well build a stick house for the price of spray foam.

  • GrUmPy on said:

    I’ve been in shipping containers before. Looking at the pictures they didn’t do anything to the outside or the inside for insulation. It’s going to be hot as a furnace in the summer & cold as an icebox in the cooler months even with a fireplace or stove. I do like the open floor concept & the floors themselves are great. I can see doing this in my yard for my guest house. Installing solar electric power on the roof, septic hookup to ours & water hook up to ours as well. Definitely has me thinking. GrUmPy

  • Rita L Thomas on said:

    It doesn’t look warped to me. It looks like the wood stripping that one uses between types of flooring or to cover a seam or threshold. Many floors have this.

  • Michael Gary on said:

    You will need a dehumidifier or HVAC system and a roof system unless you enjoy thermal extremes and condensation and mold issues.

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