We already have an article about whether shipping container homes are good or bad? But that was more in relation to cold climates - so we decided to redress the balance and seek out an example of beautiful shipping container homes in a warm climate to showcase. Especially now that laws on Tiny Houses in California are changing, tiny homes are sure to gain in popularity.
Looking further afield than North America, we discovered these stunning off-grid tiny homes used as rental accommodation nestled in the rugged beauty of the bushland of Rakula, a Northern Territory of Australia, close to the town of Litchfield and it's waterfalls.
The first is a single level rancher style shipping container home made from one 40 foot long container cut in half and set at a slight angle to encompass a nice size and carefully designed low maintenance external deck, that I'm going to confess looks like a pretty sweet place to relax, grill some dinner on the BBQ and crack a cold tinny on a hot sunny Australian day!
This Tiny House consists of a converted shipping container skillfully made into a ground level living space. It includes a lounge and fully equipped kitchen, a bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious luxurious ensuite attached, and that awesome open deck joining both rooms for outdoor relaxing and BBQ dinners.
This shipping container house adapts to the warm climate with wide opening windows for ventilation, generous roof overhangs to shade the large glass area, and tiled floors. It's minimalist, but we do like the style of this Tiny House, the wood elements certainly give warmth to the simple yet elegant design.
These off-grid shipping container tiny homes operate on solar in the day time, and there's a backup generator for night time power, located in the main house. They are deep in nature with lots of birds & kangaroos, interconnected to each other by a 70 metre solar lit path. The water supply is pumped from a nearby underground spring, which is filtered at the main residence and pumped to a tank in each cabin.
The second shipping container home is a two-storey design with an external staircase and upper as well as lower deck area which has partial cover from the midday sun. Fine for a warm climate tiny house, but I can't see that starcase being practical in the cold north or even in a soggy WA or BC winter climate.
If you're reading this and dreaming a little of the summer warmth while wrapped in a quilt, listening to a howling blizzard and sheltering from the snow like we are at the moment "Up North" - maybe also consider looking at modern prefab tiny houses available for sale designed for cold climates, LEED certification or Zero Net Energy due to their outstanding performance.
Now you know more about these beautiful shipping container homes designed for warm climates :-
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Credit for photos to the owners, if you might be interested in renting one or both of these shipping container homes for a holiday down under, see here.