Tiny Houses: Recycling Containers for Economical Living

I’m loving a recent Inman post from Todd Carpenter of Lenderama on the new interest in using large metal shipping containers as the basis for a new type of housing.

It appeals to my “recycle, reuse and restore” mentality as well as my frugal side. I’m imagining a largish container (I noticed several on eBay with over 9 foot “ceilings”) with two doors and a huge plate-glass window overlooking a naturally beautiful area that offers scenery, natural light and a feeling of spaciousness.

I imagine the blending of the “modern” metal with natural wood finishes, slate floors, an open floor plan (since walls aren’t needed for support) to create a wonderful place to live that doesn’t have the environmental/weather/pest considerations common to traditional “stick-built” houses.

It would also be a great option for semi-portable/semi-permanent office structures with a cutting-edge feel. I just love alternative, small-space housing options that reduce cost and improve life.

Ok, this will now be my daydream fodder for the near future — planning out how it would work and how much it would cost. Dang it!