Hi guys I hope everyone is having a good day.
I've been designing these shipping container cabins and workshops and I thought I'd share some of my designs. These are in video from but I do have the sketchup designs saved as well. I've designed living spaces into 20 ft containers, 40 ft containers, and multiple containers. My favorite concept so far is my 30x40 gap garage, where I utilize the gap between the containers, but I will focus on the tiny buildings for this category to be suited.
Here's my latest design but I have more and more coming.
I wanted to start a go fund me so I can hire an achitect and an engineer so I can get plans made and perhaps make them available for everyone! For free!
For now I'm just doing show and tell and seeking input!
All the one-container designs I've seen seem quite cramped although a 40x8 container is really a double or triple-length tiny house.
The best simple design I've seen is two 40 ft containers spaced about 6 or 8 ft apart (like your 30x40 concept I guess) and offset by about 8 feet lengthways - see the following pin:
This is really open and airy. Note the cutout section of steel from the side of one of the containers could be used for the slanting shed roof.
Another problem with containers is insulation - most people seem to end up building a studwall with insulation inside the container wall which really defeats the purpose.
One cheap option might be to bolt pallets to the outside of the container and then fill them either with insulation and cover with siding, or (my favorite) fill with soil and plant a vertical garden:
If you need more insulation put some sheet insulation between the pallet and the steel container wall.
The container roof can be insulated by putting a layer of straw bales on top and covering the whole with a pitched roof.
Another idea for hot summer - mild winter areas would be a roof pond or swimming pool (!) that would moderate the daily temperature swings.
Temptation is to use the pond to grow tilapia or catfish and filter the pond water through a grow bed on another part of the roof.
thanks for your interest and input. I also enojey the larger models and utilizing "gaps" but the classification of "tiny house" is under 400 sq ft I believe, depending o who you ask... I was leary of this posting here in the "tiny homes" category and that's why you don't see my 30x40 design here. however I understand that the average person wants a little elbow room and some others also categorize tiny homes to be anything under 600 sq ft. but maybe it would be okay to show my larger concept designs here as well.
check out the "inso-fast" insulation, and some do spray-foam, but I kinda like the inso-fast myself, or external foam on the outside and stucco over that perhaps...?
I'm actually currently working one or two different revised and better versions of the 30x40 design , and I'm due to post a new video soon so maybe keep an eye out for that soon also. for now here is a bigger cool concept ive also recently done which you might have seen.