Living in a tiny container house may not be for everyone. In a country where the average house size is 2400 square feet, most people could not imagine being in 160 sq. ft. or less. But creating a comfy, functional container home became an obsession for one person. Christoph Kesting, creator of The Container House in Guelph, Ontario, sold his own home to finance the 18-month project.
It comes down to the basics. Everyone needs shelter, food and water. In the modern world that translates to four walls and a roof, somewhere to sleep, a way to cook your meals, clean running water, a place to wash yourself, and a method of disposing your waste. Everything else is a luxury. Kesting and a group of volunteers worked together to transform the former shipping container into an environmentally friendly tiny home.
The Container Home is structured with mostly recycled or repurposed materials and gets its power from a large solar panel on the exterior of the box. Its structural design maximizes sun exposure with two large French doors. The home is also designed to be partially buried into the side of a hill to help with temperature control.
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The cost of the container was around $1,500 but, Kesting said he’s invested around $24,500 in materials and wages of people. In total, putting a dollar figure on the amount of time he’s spent on the project, Kesting said he has dropped more than $100,000 of value into the steel box.