Shipping Container Cabin with Cargo Trailer Bedroom Addition

Posted on Dec 01, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Kevin Hayden –

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Hayden’s Note:

See my shipping container cabin project over at or mirrored at!  Working on some of my own videos as we speak…

Lulu is a single mom who had gone back to school and didn’t have the time nor interest in working full-time just to pay the rent.  So when she had to move out of her more conventional home, she decided to move herself and her daughter into a shipping container!

With little building experience, Lulu spent just one month cutting windows and a doorway into the container, along with installing foam board insulation and a basic kitchen (complete with propane-powered campstove and an on-demand water heater).

After she and her daughter moved into the cozy 8′ by 20′ foot home, she fitted it with a bed, couch, bookshelf, and even managed to get some kitchen cabinets into the 160 square foot box.

When Lulu decided they needed a bit more space, she went from shipping containers to trucking trailers and began to build their new bedroom addition on a used flatbed trailer.  “It’s really mostly built like a shed. It’s a nice looking shed, but it’s really an 8′ by 16′ shed with windows in it.”

Using mostly recycled building materials- including used floorboards, windows, cabinets, doors, bathtub, toilet, and sinks – she built her entire house for about $4,000 (trailer included!).


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