25 Shipping Container Home Designs You Have To See To Believe

With home prices surging, potential buyers often look for unique spaces to call home to fit their budget. The shipping container home is a sustainable home design option that is aesthetically pleasing, durable, and affordable. "We're running out of room in cities," says Stackhouse co-founder Janelle Briggs to Bankrate. "People are excited about this way of living because all of the other options are being taken from them by investors and by the uber-wealthy. I don't think the American dream of homeownership has gone away, but people are realizing the ability to afford it is being taken from them." The outlet added that a shipping container home's starting price is $45,000 for about 350 square feet of living space. This is incredibly appealing, considering the national median average for a home is $272,446, according to Reader's Digest.

This popular steel rectangular box isn't just for shipping; it can be completely transformed into livable dream homes with upgraded materials and designs. "It's the great new building block of the 21st century," says Travis Price, the owner of Travis Price Architects, to MarketWatch. If this is a design trend that you are interested in potentially having for your own home one day, get inspired by staying the weekend in one of these unique shipping container rentals that are all available on Airbnb. Read on to find your favorite design — which just may inspire you to build your own shipping container home one day. We know we are!

1. Desert Alchemy in Joshua Tree, California

This shipping container home dubbed "Desert Alchemy" has been spotted on HGTV. Situated in Joshua Tree, California on 9 acres, the stylish residence has an indoor-outdoor flow. The home was designed by Ben Uyeda, designer and founder of HomeMadeModern, who calls the home's inspiration "modern bohemian."

2. NYC's first shipping container home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This next home is a sight to see! It's NYC's first officially legal shipping container home that is completely built of shipping containers! Guests will have access to their own shipping container unit, which is located on the ground floor.

3. The Box Hop in Rockbridge, Ohio

The Box Hop shipping container home is made of not one ... not two ... but three shipping containers on 18.5 acres in Hocking Hills in Rockbridge, Ohio. Woods surround the modern home, and it has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The best part is that it has an oversized deck with outdoor furniture making it our number one spot to gather.

4. The Helm near Magnolia Market

If you're fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines of "Fixer Upper" like us, then you'll love this next option, which is close to Magnolia Market, the couple's store. The Helm — a two-story oasis — represents the famous duo as it features shiplap paneling throughout.

5. The Hermosa container home in Marfa, Texas

The Hermosa container home is a sight to see in Marfa, Texas. It comprises several shipping containers in a calming green color, which is the perfect accent to the natural surroundings.

6. The Valhalla Sky Suite in Walhalla, South Carolina

Escape to Walhalla, South Carolina, and enjoy this incredible retreat with equally beautiful views that borders Sumter National Forest. There is plenty to do nearby if you're outdoorsy, including Stumphouse Tunnel, Issaqueena Falls, and Yellow Branch Falls hiking trail.

7. Pisgah Highlands container cabin in Upper Hominy, North Carolina

Upper Hominy, North Carolina is home to an incredible unique cabin in the woods — made of a shipping container, of course! We love the indoor and outdoor flow of the space, and there's a bonus: The Pisgah Highlands container cabin is only 25 minutes from the lively restaurant scene of Asheville.

8. On the Rocks cargo shipping container home in Georgia

Venture to Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and take in the starry nights with this unique cabin dubbed On the Rocks for an experience we doubt you'll never forget. 

9. Modern beach container home near the beach in North Carolina

This modern container home is a relaxing retreat just steps from Carolina Beach, North Carolina. The 320-square-foot abode has beautiful mahogany floors and Paperstone countertops.

10. Appalachian container cabin in Otto, North Carolina

The most beautiful part of the Appalachian Container Cabin (which has had its close-up on HGTV show "Containables") has to be the incredible views of the Appalachian Trail. This is a not-to-be-missed container home in Otto, North Carolina, in the Nantahala National Forest!

11. Container cabin in the Catskills

This container cabin in the Catskills is on 20-acres that has a total of four container homes in all. This particular cabin offers plenty of privacy and is only two hours from the hustle and bustle of NYC!

12. Massive container oasis in Denver

Get ready to be blown away by this massive shipping container home, which boasts 3,000 square feet of living space and incredibly high ceilings spanning 25 feet, located in Denver, Colorado.

13. The Steel Pueblo in New Mexico

El Prado, New Mexico is calling! With incredible mountain views, you'll be able to get plenty of relaxing accomplished at The Steel Pueblo, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows.

14. Tiny shipping container home in Pleasant Hope, Missouri

Enjoy a tiny shipping container with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on a farm in Pleasant Hope, Missouri, with modern décor. We love the all-white bedding in the bedroom mixed with furniture made of warm woods, and adore that wicker peacock chair, which is definitely on-trend right now!

15. Beautiful shipping container home in Forest, Virginia

This gray shipping container home can welcome up to six guests through its eye-popping orange-hued door in Forest, Virginia — not far from Liberty University and the University of Lynchburg.

16. Secluded shipping container home in Benton Harbor, Michigan

Under two hours from Chicago is a unique shipping container home in Benton Harbor, Michigan, hidden in 22 acres of woods.

17. Life UnContained shipping container home in Viroqua, Wisconsin

Dubbed "Life UnContained," this unique and cheerful orange and tan shipping container abode is a 640-square-foot oasis with a full kitchen, one bedroom with a queen bed, and patio with grill in Viroqua, Wisconsin. 

18. Stunning views in Salida, Colorado

Perched 7,300 feet above sea level in the Salida, Colorado mountains lies this stunning two-bedroom, two-bathroom container home that comes with extraordinary views!

19. Riverside hideout shipping container in Dover, Ohio

Enjoy a riverside shipping container in Dover, Ohio. It's virtually unchanged on the outside, with the hosts keeping the container's verbiage intact, which gives it an excellent conversation piece if you ask us!

20. The Green Creek shipyard container home Columbus, North Carolina

A sleek black container home can be found in Columbus, North Carolina, called The Green Creek Shipyard Container. It has an inviting living area, stunning spiral staircase, and outdoor fire pit, pond, and hot tub.

21. Ocean views in Gardiner, Washington

Located in a country setting in Gardiner, Washington, is a 620-square-foot shipping container home with spectacular views of Discovery Bay and an equally stunning mural inspired by the ocean.

22. Massive shipping container home in Amish Country

Amish Country in Millersburg, Ohio is beckoning you to visit. This massive container home was made from six shipping containers and can host up to four guests in its 1,600-square-foot space. That's pretty spectacular if you ask us! Now all that we ask is that you disconnect the phones and truly unwind. 

23. Extraordinary views from this Houston shipping container home

This unique container home has panoramic views of Houston, Texas that you can take in from a 1,000-square-foot deck space, so you know where we'll be all weekend (yes, staring at those city views with a cup of Joe). 

24. Rural Alaska shipping container cabin near the White Mountains

Venture to a secluded "off-the-grid" cabin in rural Alaska, only 35 miles from Fairbanks. Take in the goats onsite as they graze, or get active and ski, snowmobile, or hike the nearby trails for a unique adventure.

25. Crazy Mountain Container Casa in Wilsall, Montana

Put Yellowstone on your bucket list and stay at the Crazy Mountain Container Casa in Wilsall, Montana, and enjoy the nearby towns of Bozeman and Livingston. This container home has a stunning deck with a fire pit, so we suggest having a glass of vino while you try to spot deer or eagles.