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Unassuming shipping container is only 160 square feet and still the interior is so complete

September 15th, 2020

There are many different homes that people can live in nowadays — tiny houses, tree houses, houses that can be ordered online and shipped, and… shipping containers?

As wild as it may sound, more and more people are opting to try living in shipping containers. But it might not be as crazy as one might think.

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Shipping container homes offer plenty of benefits. For example, they’re inexpensive, mobile, durable, sustainable, customizable, and quick to build.

What’s not to love about them?

Cúbica, a company in Costa Rica, knows these advantages very well. The company specializes in the reconstruction of shipping containers into livable homes and commercial buildings.

According to their website, they are dedicated to sustainability, functionality, and low environmental impact.

“We do it by reusing maritime containers to produce residential, commercial and institutional projects…”

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Cúbica is made up of architects, designers, and builders who have over 30 years of experience in their fields. This, of course, allows the company to make the best-quality products.

The buildings that come out of Cúbica are earthquake resistant, safe against theft and vandalism, and low cost.

One container in particular has caught the eye of readers.

Casa Cúbica is a 20-foot (160 square foot) home that sports an impressive floor plan. Though it is compact in size, it can be used as a vacation home or for full-time living for a couple or single individual.

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Though small, the container extends a bit further on one end. This end houses additional sleeping space.

Talk about options!

Some of the other features of Casa Cúbica include a kitchenette, laundry facilities, and a bathroom with a shower.

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There is even additional space to hang out on the roof and a collapsable awning to spend some time relaxing in the shade.

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Inside, the kitchenette is complete with a two-burner stove, space for a microwave, mini fridge, and sink. There is also a pull-down dining table that allows for four guests to dine.

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In addition to housing a dining table, the same wall also holds a Murphy bed!

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Above the bed are flush lights that are perfect for late-night reading. There are also outlets and a light switch in the wall next to the bed for easy access.

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Also on this end of the container is the bathroom.

The bathroom houses the laundry area as well. The washer and dryer are stacked on top of one another to take up as little space as possible.

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Interestingly, the shower door leads directly to the outside.

As mentioned, there is additional bedding on one side of the container. This area includes a bunk bed where each bunk has its own window and outlets.

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Can this house get any cooler?

Speaking of which, the container has thermal insulation that helps keep it cool. Additionally, the corrugated metal siding was selected to reflect heat. There is also an air gap behind the walls for ventilation.

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Lastly, there are two sets of sliding patio doors that allow access to the home. To the left is a ship’s latter that leads up to the deck on the roof.

In all, this is one impressive container home!

Could you see yourself living here?

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Sources: Cúbica, Small House Bliss, Home Hacks

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