For the interior of the shipping container cabin, we had some “must-haves” and some “nice to haves”. The “must-haves” were a full bath, place to store food & cooking supplies, a bed, a place to store clothes & equipment, climate control (the Texas Hill Country temperature ranges from <20F to 100F), low energy usage, and the ability to move the box to different locations without extensive utility changes.
The “must-haves” translated into: an incineration toilet (no septic, no messy holding tanks); extensive insulation (ceramic coating on the outside, closed cell foam on the inside, insulated low-E gas filled windows); a gas tankless water heater (LP); an on-demand water pump; and all utilities contained inside the box (except the LP tank, the water tank, and the generator).
Space was a big issue to work with. Every inch counted in our shipping container house! We put storage underneath the bed, we had to change the size of the wardrobe during construction (the first one was too tall), and had to find a narrow sink for the bath.
Then came the “nice to haves”: a sliding glass door that filled one end of the shipping container cabin, bringing in plenty of light; sealed birch plywood on the walls & ceiling for a uniform, clean look; a really nice mattress; a glass shower enclosure; an undercounter refrigerator/freezer; an AC/heat unit; and a ceiling fan.
We loved the result - a shipping container house. It didn’t just function – it looked cool. We could have gone with less expensive materials, but we wanted it to last a long time without significant repair or maintenance.