I’m sure many of us flirted with the idea of building a tiny home and some even considered building one out of a reclaimed shipping container. This is the story of someone who took this idea and turned into reality.
Tomas Ryan built his own tiny home from scratch. Without any experience with this sort of projects, there were many challenges to overcome. Mistakes were made along the way but eventually the project was completed and it turned out great. This took in total 288 hours of work and it cost $25,000 and the house is called hâB.
The frame of the house is a recycled high-cube container. It’s 40 feet long, 9.5 feet tall and 8 feet wide and it’s been insulated with polyurethane closed cell spray foam. There’s a 1.5” – 2.5” thick layer of insulation on all the walls, a 3” thick layer on the ceiling and a 1” thick one underneath the floor.
The original exterior look of the container was kept because it suited the industrial style Thomas was going for. The interior however is a whole different story. This tiny house has double sliding glass doors that gives easy access indoors from one side and another set of doors on the opposite side behind the metal doors of the original container. It also has 8 ft tall windows that bring light into the central section of the house.
The interior design is nice and simple. There’s bamboo vinyl flooring and a light color palette with warm wood accents for an airy and inviting feel. The kitchen is incorporated into a standalone module and includes a small fridge under the counter, a microwave, toaster and a sink as well as quite a bit of storage. There’s also a floating desk attached to one of the walls, a tool storage cabinet on the opposite wall and a small round table with a couple of metal chairs in the middle. The bedroom is big enough for a queen-size bed with some space to move around and the bathroom has a shower, toilet a small vanity and access to the closet.