Shipping Container Homes - Thinglish Lifestyle

Welcome to our shipping container home here in sunny Thailand. Kick your flip-flops off, beware of the dog and come on in! It started with a dream! We followed through with modelling a concept and finally realised our ambition to built a home using four shipping containers.

Shipping container homes seem to be all the range at the moment, or at least they are in our world. Many people want to downsize, live off-grid, prep for a SHTF scenario, recycle, try something new, push the boundaries, make a statement or like us, build a unique house in Thailand just because we can. Utilising commercial units like shipping containers and modular design concepts, you can do just about all that and more.

What are Shipping Containers?

Shipping containers are used for transporting goods from one country to another.

Shipping containers are made out of steel and come in standardised sizes, which means that they can be loaded on any ship or truck without any modifications being required.

Reasons to Use Shipping Containers

Shipping containers have been used to transport goods for decades. It is only in recent years that they have been used as a building material to construct modular container homes.

There are many benefits of using shipping containers to build container homes. They are durable, cost-effective and easy to transport. They can be used as a space for storage, an office, and like in our case a modern, comfortable home.

Most of my adult life I’ve lived in warehouses, above pubs, hotels and condos. The very thought of living in a traditional house seems quite boring to me so when I first stumbled upon the idea of building a shipping container home, I was instantly hooked. Fortunately my wife was all for it too.

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We have recently had our dream home featured in the ‘Container Homes’ book series and you can get your dirty hands on a digital copy by visiting their website here and downloading the ‘Container Home Book 161 Parallel Offset with Atrium Home‘.

Alternatively, you can get a PDF version here: Shipping-Container-Homes-Book-161-Trat-Thailand

The Container Homes website is full of vital information and some tremendous resources including: 3D Shipping Container Home Design Software, Shipping Container Drawings, Video Tutorials and Shipping Container House Plans to name but a few. If you are interested in how to build your shipping container home in Thailand or any other part of the world, it should be your first port of call.

Outside the Box

If you missed our posts about designing our dream project, you can view the 3D mock-ups here.

And we have a post here that covers our early construction days.

Inside our Shipping Container Home

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Are You Building a Shipping Container Home


We get asked lots of questions about how we approached designing and constructing a home made from shipping containers.

  • “What’s it like actually living in a box?”
  • “Doesn’t it get really hot inside?”
  • “Is it a cost effective building solution?”
  • “How much did it cost to build a shipping container home?”

We answer these and other related questions about container homes in this blog post.

If you are serious about building a shipping container home and want to know more, we are available for online consultations via Skype or Zoom.

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Once payment has been taken we will email you to schedule a mutually convenient time for an online consultation.

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3 Comments

  • David September 6, 2018

    Hi Perry,
    I am considering a container home in Thailand. I guess you found the land via your wife’s family. I think the water harvesting will be vital for you plants / plantation in the coming years.

    Are you “on grid” for electricity? I would be interested in your build costs.
    Best wishes, David.

    • Perry Stevens (Post author) September 6, 2018

      Hi David,

      Nice to hear from you.

      Lots of questions, for me to answer them in detail would take a while.
      We have a consultation service. I’d be happy to schedule a call with you where you can AMA (Ask Me Anything).
      I’ll tell you from experience all the pros and cons of building a shipping container house, living in Thailand, buying land, on-off grid living, cost and connections.
      If you are seriously considering building a container house in Thailand, I believe we can provide invaluable information and lots of food for thought for you before you start investing time and money.
      Lemme know. P.

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