Category Archives: Design

Ceiling Trim

Trimmed Ceiling

Those of you that have been following this blog for a while already know that I left the shipping container roof exposed on the inside and insulated it on the exterior instead.  There were a couple of reasons for this.  First, I wanted to preserve as much vertical space as possible in my cabin.  Second, I actually like the look of the corrugated ceiling.  There was one problem with this design choice however; how to trim a ceiling with corrugations. Continue reading

Bathroom 1.0

Bathroom 1.0

I’m going to start this post off with a container construction tip.  If you plan on having exposed metal walls or ceilings, by all means try to have them painted with a spray gun early on in the construction phase.  I discovered too late that standard diameter paint rollers are too large to deposit paint in the concave portion of the corrugations.  Instead, I had to use a mini roller which took much longer than I had planned.  My arms and neck are still feeling the effects.

Although the bathroom is close to being functional, it will probably be a work in progress for a bit longer – hence the 1.0 designation.  Aside from all the accessories I need to add, I’m still not sure about the shower.  Because I had to raise the shower on a platform due to the interior discharge plumbing, the 20″ combined height of the tub and platform makes it difficult to get into.  What I’d really like to find is a 30″ diameter tub that’s only 6″ high, with little to no slope on the sides.  I’ll probably end up having to make one myself someday out of epoxy coated wood.  In the meantime, it’s at least functional. Continue reading

Finished Exterior

Just a quick post to show off the newly painted siding and stained rafters.  While there are still a few details to take care of, the outside is basically finished.  I really like how everything has turned out, but I’m not quite sure about the color of the siding.  I think it skews a bit yellow even though the pictures don’t show it too well.  My wife, who did most of the painting, says she likes the color, but she should since she picked it out. Continue reading

New How to Build Page

A new How to Build page has been added that summarizes the process of building a shipping container cabin.  Instead of trying to navigate through all of the previous posts, you can now see everything in a single orderly document.  You’ll also notice that it’s not complete, just like my cabin.  I’m treating it as a living document and will make additions and changes as my cabin progresses.

Tiny Container Cabin

Tiny Container Cabin Design

I haven’t been to the cabin lately, so I thought I would fill in with another design I’ve been working on.  I wanted to try and design a comfortable cabin, for just one or two people, in a single 20′ shipping container.  Let me be upfront here, a lot of inspiration for this was taken from the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, except this one is much more secure.  Like the Tumbleweed houses, this would be the perfect candidate to build at home in your spare time and have delivered to a remote location when you’re done. Continue reading