If you’re a couple or individual looking to try out the Shipping Container Cabin experience, then this single 12m shipping container eco cabin is well worth a look.
With one large bedroom and private bathroom, this house doesn’t fall far behind from today’s modern apartments. It has everything you need, plus an eco-friendly structure that also holds a unique, industrial design.
On top of that it’s transportable, so if you just want it on a holiday block which will one day become your house site you can just live in the container cabin while building the house and sell it once the house is built.
To enter the cabin, step up to the front door on the side of the house. You’ll notice you won’t get wet in case it rains, as the overhang covers the access. Slide the French glass door open and step inside the living room. This 2.4m x 2.4m space fits a large sofa and a TV on the other side, perfect for staying in and watching a good movie when it’s wet outside.
Next to the living room is the 2.4m x 3.6m u-shaped kitchen, with a bar counter, stove, fridge and work space. In front of the kitchen is a sliding glass window, which can be left open on warm days.
Now, slide the door on the left side of the kitchen and walk through. You are now inside the 2.4m x 3.6m bedroom. This space comfortably fits a full-size or even queen-size bed, has its own floor-to-ceiling dresser and a large window on the opposite side of the bed, which overlooks the view outside.
Walk further inside the bedroom and open the door in front of you to check out the 2.4m x 2.4m bathroom, with toilet, sink and shower.
All in all, this great little Eco Cabin is perfect for a first experience in living in a single shipping container cabin with everything it entitles.
Australian Council Approval for Shipping Container Cabins
Some councils in Australia will require a development permit even for small dwelling such as 12m shipping container cabins. This is a statement from Fraser Coast Council on converting shipping containers:
If you intend to convert the shipping container to a Class 1a building, such as a house or unit, a Development Permit for Building Work will be required. Please contact a Private Building Certifier to discuss your proposal.
However it’s best to also check with your local council what their specific requirements are for your specific property if you are planning to build a shipping container cabin.
Ideal for: Couple, granny flat, single person
Can be built on: Flat building site, sloped site with correct footings, most soil types
Use: Residential or commercial accommodation
Type of footings required: Slab, stilts/poles/posts
Total undercover area: 30sqm
Total inside area: 28sqm
Total livable area: 28sqm
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom @ 2.4m x 3.6m
Bathrooms: 1 @ 2.4m x 2.4m
Kitchen: 2.4m x 3.6m
Living room: 2.4m x 2.4m
Container Cabin Features:
- Large glass windows
- Overhang covering entry
- Wood shelves and cabinets in kitchen