Shipping containers make ideal building blocks for homes large and small, providing a simple, portable framework that can be customized to the specifications of the builder. While many prefab container home companies offer large, elaborate structures that are conglomerations of several containers placed together, containers can also be used in the most simplistic way possible – a small container, unaltered on the outside with the bare essentials on the inside.
Leed Cabins in New Hampshire specializes in such simplicity with their prefab Micro and Mini container homes. The homes can be delivered anywhere (one of the great things about shipping containers…they’re made to be shipped!) and come in a variety of options for different budgets and needs.
The absolute basic option from Leed Cabins is a 20 foot by 8 foot container that is insulated and wired with outlets and light fixtures. It has the glass sliding door installed, a plywood interior, and insulated subfloor. This model is $15k and is an attractive option for DIYers who aren’t afraid to jump in build the interior exactly how they want it.
Beyond the basic model, there are several features available for both the 20 foot container and the 40 foot container, up to a price tag of $32k for the 40 foot container with all the bells and whistles – an open living room and kitchen, custom tiled bathroom, and a separate bedroom.
Other customizations can include radiant heated floors, full sized bathrooms and kitchens, glass mosaic tile, LED lights, and exterior lights.
You can see the floor plan views of the mini homes here. These are great inspiration for what you can do with a single container for a living space, whether you prefer the 160 square feet or 320 square feet.
Images via Leed Cabins