A few months ago when my fiance and I purchased a new house, we were given the idea to turn our extra building, which at the time was a 17’x17′ shed, into a tiny house.
What a great idea! The wheels started rolling and we were ready to go. Fast forward several weeks and we found someone who was willing to take on the job. We had a few days in between the deciding date and the start date, and in that time, our new contractor called and mentioned a new idea that he had. A shipping crate. He had it on his property and it had already been started. He’d insulate it, build it up just like a house.
Ashley passed on the info and I told her she was nuts. NO WAY. That sounds horrendous.
I listened to the schpiel, though, and I slowly began to fall into the trap…. this may be a good idea! We didn’t know how old our building was, we didn’t know what kind of condition it was in, and if we started working on it and found any problems, it could cost a whole LOT of extra money.
We gave our guy the go-ahead, and agreed to let him build us a house out of a shipping crate! He got to work immediately and has been sending us photos along the way. In the photos below we can see how well it’s insulated, and we can see the electrical work. We also had him wire it for a stackable washer and dryer in case we want to add that someday. That way it’s all done and we don’t have to go back in and destroy any walls!
Well, it’s June 23 and our building has been destroyed…and let me point out it was fairly easy to destroy… it crumbled once the plywood was off. As you can see here, the cinder blocks are not in good shape. Our shipping crate house, which our contractors Cary and his brother Matt are mostly finishing at Cary’s place, will be delivered on Monday (update: Wednesday!) and will hopefully be ready to rent out by July 3!
More updates coming soon!