Container House

Boat Builder’s Incredible 20ft Shipping Container Home

A 20ft Shipping Container can be a challenging space to work with when constructing a home. Thankfully, with years of experience building super-yachts and racing boats, shipwright Evans is no stranger to working in small spaces and when it came to building his own home he has done a truly spectacular job of, quite literally, thinking inside the box.


Shipping containers make a lot of sense as a base for constructing a home. Structurally they are incredibly sound and because they are designed for marine environments, they are well equiped to handle pretty much anything that nature can throw at them. Most people, when building a Shipping Container home, will modify the container by cutting holes for doors and windows. In his design however, Evans has left the entire exterior of the container structurally intact, meaning this 20 x 8ft home can still be shipped by sea, anywhere in the world.


Inside, the home is a truly masterful expression of years of Evans experience working on yachts, as well as a furniture maker. Natural timbers with rich tones make it difficult to believe that you are actually standing inside a stark, white, metal box. Much of the furniture inside the shipping container house is lovingly restored and recovered from the home that Evans previously shared with his wife Rosie, who passed away 4 years ago, allowing him to build her memory into his new home.


Testament to Evans’ efficiency with space, within this 20ft container there is even a fully functional bathroom, including a macerater toilet. The shower and basin are both full sized, meaning the experience of using the bathroom isn’t compromised. The bathroom walls are adorned with comical images which are sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone who enters the room.


Perhaps one of the main attractions in this home is the beautiful kitchen, which boasts a 4 burner gas stove, full sized fridge and even a washing machine which is hidden under the counter. The home is designed to be off-the-grid, but can also be connected to mains power. Behind the fridge are most of the homes utilities, including house batteries, solar controllers as well as water tanks.


Evans’ Shipping Container home is designed to be expanded upon, and the future plan for his home includes the addition of 2 more shipping containers. This clever concept allows the home to be completely functional as a stand-alone unit but also easily extended when necessary.

These homes have incredible potential, and can be shipped anywhere in the world. For anyone interested in contacting Evans to enquire about a shipping container home, they are able to e-mail him.