Transforming shipping containers into houses with courtyards is the ideal solution for combining cost-effective practicality with outdoor vibes.
To help you create your dream shipping container home with a courtyard, I’ve put together a list of 4 real-life options and plans that you should check out. Let’s get started!
4 Shipping Container Homes with Courtyards that are Must See!
If you’re in the market for shipping container homes with a courtyard, be sure to draw inspiration from the following units:
1. Quik House
- Price: sold in 2018 for $875,000
- Number of shipping containers used: 9
- Size: 4,000 square feet
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 3.5
- Standout feature: very modern look with characteristic floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows
- Year Built: 2008
- Architect/Builder: Adam Kalkin
First up, we’re looking at the Quik House located in Califon, New Jersey. Designed by Adam Kalkin, this is a perfect option for folks looking to own luxury shipping container homes.
With a bit of a rustic home design feel, the Quick House has appeared in various magazines worldwide as a prime example of what you can get when you combine shipping container construction with luxury.
Its basic layout consists of two rectangular-shaped buildings, each made up of two levels. The buildings connect via a central courtyard on the ground level and a sky bridge on the top level.
The Quick House looks super modern and elegant, featuring floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows and doors that give it a unique appearance with great exposure to the view outdoors.
This shipping container house includes a basement, a media room, 2 offices, 2 kitchens, a living area, a dining area, a master bedroom, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a laundry room, a pantry, and a hall/library.
2. Santa Cruz 1920 Container house
- Price: $412,600
- Number of shipping containers used: 5
- Size: 1,920 square feet
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 2
- Standout feature: the design is very versatile and flexible so you can tweak the interior plan in a dozen different ways
- Architect/Builder: Meka Modular
The Santa Cruz 1920 by Meka Modular has a spacious U-shaped layout that surrounds a large courtyard. It accommodates bedrooms, a master bedroom with a walk-in closet, 2 full bathrooms, a living area, a kitchen, a dining area, and a utility room.
Meka Modular shipping container buildings aren’t classified as containers. Instead, the company classifies their homes as “light steel frame modular buildings“, which are permitted in any jurisdiction.
Meka Modular serves all 50 states in the United States and 10 provinces in Canada.
3. El Tiemblo House
- Price: $144,600
- Number of shipping containers used: 4
- Size: 2,045 square feet
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 2.5
- Year Built: 2009
- Standout feature: the design excels in separation between guest areas and main sections, which improves privacy and energy efficiency
- Year Built: 2009
- Architect/Builder: James & Mau Arquitectura and Infiniski
Built in the shape of an “L”, this unique container house hails out of Ávila, Spain. The El Tiemblo House consists of 2 levels, both consisting of two 40ft shipping containers positioned side-by-side.
Completed in just six months, the first level of the nearly 2,000sqft container home consists of the living room and kitchen, with large glass sliding doors leading out to the courtyard.
On the second level, you’re welcomed with a balcony, two bathrooms, two bedrooms, and a study room to top it off.
If you’re looking for something cozy with lots of light and that is moderately priced, you can’t go wrong with this design.
See also: 10 Must-See Shipping Container Apartments
4. U-Shaped M-640 Home
- Price: $67,900
- Number of shipping containers used: 3 (2x 20ft and 1x 40ft)
- Size: 640 square feet
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 3
- Standout feature: it’s equipped with your very own sauna!
- Architect/Builder: Momoco
If you’re looking for shipping container house plans to build a container house with a courtyard, you should consider this one by Momoco.
Made up of two 20 x 8-foot and one 40 x 8-foot shipping container, this unique build offers 640 square feet of interior living space. Built to accommodate a single family, this home boasts three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a spacious courtyard area.
But, what really sets this home apart from most, is the built in sauna that comes with this design. It’s hard to find another home for $65,000 that includes a sauna.
What I also love about this home is the many upgrade features that it comes with, including privacy screens, hardwood floors, solar power, and more.
So, while it starts out at $67,900, the final price of this shipping container house will depend on the customization options you decide to go with.
The other important factor to consider is that Momoco is based out of Thailand. So, while they do ship worldwide, their pricing is for the units only, with shipping costs depending on your location.
Who are the best container home builders?
My top recommendations for the best container home builders include:
1. Custom Container Living: this company is committed to giving its customers the home of their dreams with a huge collection of container house plans featuring everything from studios to 3-bedroom family configurations to commercial units. Although it’s based in Missouri, it serves all US states.
2. Alternative Living Spaces: If you’re looking for a unique, eco-friendly, and stylish home, then you need to check out Alternative Living Spaces. Based in Las Vegas, this company specializes in building gorgeous tiny homes from recycled shipping containers. Not only are these homes environmentally friendly, but they’re also extremely affordable. And thanks to their small size, they’re perfect for people who want to downsize or simplify their lives.
3. Kubed Living: based in Los Angeles, this company ships everywhere and offers many pre-designed models and tons of custom layouts.
Are shipping container homes good in cold weather?
Shipping container homes can be good in cold weather but only if they’re properly insulated.
The interior of such homes gets extremely cold during winter and extremely hot during summer because steel allows heat to move easily in and out of the structure.
What is the best container home with a courtyard?
In my opinion, the best container home with a courtyard is one with a U-shaped design such as the Santa Cruz 1920 by Meka Modular.
Do shipping container homes increase in value?
Shipping container homes can maintain a very high resale value if they’re regularly serviced and kept in good condition. But, they usually won’t increase in value as a traditional stick-built home would due to the shorter life expectancy of a container home.
There you have it, a comprehensive guide to help you create the ideal shipping container home with courtyard that matches your budget and taste. Which one do you like the best? Are there better homes that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments!
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