Spectacular 40ft Small Shipping Container Home

When we first met Brenda Kelly from IQ Container Homes, she was living in a brilliantly designed 20ft Shipping Container home. Since then, she has completed her slightly larger shipping container home, which is constructed from a 40ft and 20ft shipping container that have been joined together.


Immediately, it’s hard to miss many of the similarities between her new home, and the (much tinier) predecessor. Similar details and colour features run throughout the new home, as can be seen in this very modern and well designed kitchen. As Brenda says though, why change a good thing?


Much roomier than her last space, the 2oft section of the home has been transformed into an office / spare bedroom set-up, which is packed full of transforming furniture including a desk-bed, and a small sofa with a hidden murphy bed behind it. This impressive room still feels quite vacant when everything is packed away, but when required, it could become a busy hub sleeping up to 3 people.


The bathroom has been kept compact, but functional. Most impressive is the flushing toilet which runs into a vermiculture treatment system. Room has even been created for a full size washing machine, which sits into a cavity which actually runs under the kitchen bench on the other side of the wall.


The master bedroom is again wonderfully simple, but employee many clever design aspects, such as the full length mirrors on the wardrobe which create a greater sense of space, and the queen sized bed which lifts up to reveal lots of cubic space underneath.


Brenda’s home is solar powered, and still has the ability to collect rain water, but this time, it’s all also tied to the grid allowing her to also draw from the municipal supply. Make sure you watch the full video tour above to find out about all this, and the homes many more amazing features!

Posted on by Bryce Posted in Tiny House

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Bryce Langston is a New Zealand based actor, musician, filmmaker and environmentalist who has spent the past five years travelling the globe exploring the Tiny House movement as the creator and host of the popular online web series Living Big in a Tiny House

16 Responses to Spectacular 40ft Small Shipping Container Home

  1. Paul Essig

    Would you mind sending me your floor plan and your Andy designers email
    Thank you very much, Paul

  2. Vick

    Also, what was the software you were using on your laptop??


  3. Vick

    May I have the floor plan of this container house please?

  4. glen faris

    loved your videos.
    Is it possible to contact some of these builders & or yourself
    directly ?
    I have always thought how great it would to do but very
    difficult if not impossible for me.

  5. JImmy

    I have been considering building a container project this size & I would love to see the floorplan for this project to see exactly how it’s layed out.

  6. Christopher

    Awesome want to know more about the recycle sewage system.All that was seen was really amazing and the utilization of space is just absolutely brilliant.

  7. Brian Tushae Thomas

    I really like this story is there a full list to this build? I would like to balance those ideas with ideas on power from this link-> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxGIRMQCAdw. Now would a nice combo to have for southern California.

  8. Arno Marten

    $122.000 for the entire unit !? including everything ( solar,enclosed deck , septic etc ). Where do i sign up ?

  9. Bobby

    Love this Blue Container Home, but main issues are finding a company to build in USA?

  10. Vanessa

    So no living or sitting room. Couldn’t have guests over.

    • Jesse

      Yes you can. Did you miss the giant outdoor veranda?

    • Jenny

      There was an indoor sitting room with couch & tv but the covered and enclosed deck area serves the same purpose when you have more guests over.

    • Debbie L

      If you watch the video, you will see she has a quite cozy sitting area.

  11. amy

    Do you have a link to where her space saving furniture came from? 🙂

    • Bryce

      Hey Amy. I believe the furniture is available through her website (linked above). 🙂

  12. Hannah

    Well, I must say, this container home sure fits my bill! I want one too! 🙂

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