Shipping Container Home Designed For Sustainable Family Living

  • Published on May 17, 2019
  • In this weeks episode, we explore this lovely family home which has been constructed using shipping containers. Named the South Coast Container House, this home has been sustainably constructed using four shipping containers and has also been extended to enclose communal spaces. At 95 square meters (1000 square feet) this home is capable of sleeping 10 people and has been divided into a main 85 square meter home, with an additional 15 square meter sleep-out made from a single 20ft shipping container.
    Become a Living Big Patron and help us to create more videos:
    Homeowner Simon takes us through his home and shows us it’s many features, from the wonderful exposed shipping containers, though to the externally insulated walls for maximum thermal performance and the homes many sustainable features.
    Read More:
    Designed by architect Matt Elkan, this home has been designed with efficiency, performance and budget in mind. The idea was to use shipping containers to create a wonderfully functional, healthy family home for a reasonable budget.
    Enjoy the full video tour of this beautiful container home. For more information, you can find the South Coast Container Home on Instagram ( southcoastcontainer) or on the architects website (
    Follow us on Instagram: livingbiginatinyhouse
    Follow us on Facebook: livingbiginatinyhouse/
    Follow us on Twitter: tinyhousenz
    Please subscribe for more videos on tiny houses, DIY, design, and sustainable, off-grid living.
    Music in this video by Bryce Langston:
    Presented and Produced by: Bryce Langston
    Camera: Bryce Langston & Rasa Pescud
    Editing: Rasa Pescud
    'Living Big in a Tiny House' © 2019 Zyia Pictures Ltd
  • Howto & StyleHowto & Style

Comments • 1 611

  • canadianroot
    canadianroot 23 hours ago

    If shipping containers are inherently cold/hot, seasonally, and (at least in terms of this one) require such modifications, why use them at all? Couldn't this just as easily have been made from recycled wood/other materials without all the extra hassle/cost? As someone who doesn't have in-depth knowledge of the entire process, I'd welcome feedback. Edit: I wrote that at the beginning of watching this. In terms of this one, it almost seems as though the shipping containers have had parts of them repurposed into other areas of the house. As for straight-up shipping container houses, my original query remains.

  • Dr. Banter
    Dr. Banter Day ago

    350K for a Shipping Container home with crap isolation??. He sold it so hard, and the price is so high, its like fraud. he bought his windows from a CARBON POSITIVE Company? wtf

  • Dr. Banter
    Dr. Banter Day ago

    So CHINA, is undertaking THE GREATEST URBANIZATION HOUSING PROJECT ever attempted in human history, whole cities built 10-15 years in advance before public need, and Australia is moving toward...... shipping containers. hmmmmm. WOW, and look how proud they are too.

  • Carrie
    Carrie 4 days ago

    Its good they incorporated all these guest bedrooms into their eco home because as their children get older , they will need them. Two bunks beds in the same room only work when they are small. Eventually the guest rooms will have to be given to their kids when they are older and want the privacy. I see guestrooms turned into bedrooms in their foreseeable future lol. Other than that, love this home. I love to see one designed to accomodate families because they are rare. Unless you do something like this, like put a bunch of shipping containers together, most tiny homes cannot accommodate more than a couple. Even the large capacity ones aren't really big enough if you have children...too privacy for anybody.

  • Gabriel Fischer
    Gabriel Fischer 5 days ago

    The guy who owns the house is like that group leader on a class presentation who is confident to answer all the questions from the teacher.

  • Bmo Baby
    Bmo Baby 5 days ago


  • B H
    B H 5 days ago

    240,000 USD. You done bumped your head. I would not of told anyone that.

  • Green
    Green 5 days ago

    Am I missing something? The main bedroom 2 people, kids room 4 people cause of damned bunk beds and 2 people in the guest pod. That's only 8 and that's because of the bs kids room that I'd consider 2. I could agree that it could comfortably house 4 adults and 2 kids. Or 4 adults and 4 kids. Still not 10 though. I don't think 4 kids in a room like that is very nice, looks like it would be cramped.
    Where do they get 10?

  • Rc665
    Rc665 5 days ago +3

    A lot of these homes he goes to don’t even look like they’re lived in.

  • 77Tadams
    77Tadams 7 days ago

    I love the home. 350,000 is quite a lot of money...but all the details and the location probably have a play in all of it with the structural codes they followed...probably could do it for cheaper though if you did a lot of it yourself.

  • Mark Weinstock
    Mark Weinstock 9 days ago

    I live in South Florida Fort Lauderdale area with climate change and the increased frequency of these super powerful category 4 and 5 hurricanes like this past Dorian I feel its only a matter of time till one of these monsters directly hit my area and taking down my house. I'm looking for a some kind of a hurricane proof solution. I would consider selling my house and getting one of these for peace of mind. Anyone have a better solution?

  • Kim Texas
    Kim Texas 11 days ago


  • videodudetv
    videodudetv 11 days ago

    $350k for a bunch of ugly corrugated metal boxes? Pass. You'll lose on your ROI.

  • Chante Payton
    Chante Payton 11 days ago +1

    Can I just say this is awesome. I would love him or his team to design me a tiny house like this . He has an open concept in the tiny house. How did he pull that off. Just love it. Design well. Love all the natural light from the windows/sliding doors etc . Overall just beautiful😍

  • Sobia Asad
    Sobia Asad 12 days ago


  • David Chandler
    David Chandler 12 days ago +1

    350k just for the build no property is quite alot

  • Be Wise
    Be Wise 12 days ago

    Can you cover the total building cost and developers for those who are actually looking to contact the builders?

  • Sara Kapoor
    Sara Kapoor 12 days ago

    I am in love with this home 😍

  • Diah Nimas Indreswari
    Diah Nimas Indreswari 13 days ago

    how to maintain the heat when it's summer? i mean, container is metal, i'm afraid the heat can be overwhelming..
    do any of you have the answer and help me, please?

  • Kanghee Lee
    Kanghee Lee 13 days ago

    I may sound cynical, but it always seems only wealthy people can afford to escape from the urbanized world, which is what their ambition is responsible for creating in the first place.

  • Konita Sasraku
    Konita Sasraku 15 days ago

    Absolutely stunning!! 😳❤ // did your bedrooms have doors? I didn't see any.

  • WindiGreens
    WindiGreens 15 days ago

    This looks about perfect for me except I'd change four main things: mine wouldn't be made of shipping containers; the master bedroom would be larger with a door and a deck you walk out on; the guest room would be larger and would include a kitchen; and the clothes in the rooms would be hidden inside closets rather than hanging openly. Outside of those four things, this house would be perfect.

  • jadou88
    jadou88 16 days ago

    working with less what a LOAD OF BS its a huge house
    fucking liberals

  • David Carroll
    David Carroll 17 days ago

    It looks so stale..

  • Tricky 1766
    Tricky 1766 17 days ago

    Love this home but really a $350,000 home would be much nicer than this , Why not buy a home instead? What money are u saving ?

  • Deirdri-ann Collins
    Deirdri-ann Collins 17 days ago +1

    I watched this everyday I'm thinking about getting my own tiny house

  • Celeste Alvarez
    Celeste Alvarez 18 days ago

    Such nice people in these houses all the time... Fits the houses!

  • Ryo Saeba
    Ryo Saeba 18 days ago +1

    Doesn't resemble container anymore and the flexibility of prefabrication.

  • monamoonz1
    monamoonz1 18 days ago

    My most favourite home so far

  • Diane Morgan
    Diane Morgan 18 days ago

    Sorry...but that owner's voice & constant "whiny" inflections, are severely annoying. Love your show, Bryce....sadly, this owner sounds like a shyster salesman, on the con, with a really bad vocalization. Couldn't finish

  • Sarah Meza
    Sarah Meza 18 days ago +2

    This is awesome and so cozy i would love a home like this

  • Zeddi Mwai
    Zeddi Mwai 18 days ago

    This channel is so interesting and addictive

    LAUGH LORDZ 19 days ago +1

    This is the best container home i have seen so far

  • Patrick Liew
    Patrick Liew 19 days ago


  • Michael Woodward
    Michael Woodward 21 day ago


  • Narilyn Baylon
    Narilyn Baylon 22 days ago

    I really love the idea of shipping container house. It has so much advantage; cost, repurposing containers and durability.

  • cinnamonstar808
    cinnamonstar808 22 days ago

    i dont like it .... past the porch😌

  • Patriciah Kariuki
    Patriciah Kariuki 23 days ago

    Is there a way I can get this design? I need it to build my tiny house here in Kenya. I have been a fan of your shows for two years now and since my partner and I decided to move in together...we are on a tight budget and need a low cost home which will be permanent...

  • techi abik
    techi abik 23 days ago +3

    The owner is so informative about his work. And the anchor is so enthusiastic and supporting it's so nice to see this.

  • Why yes, I fart Rainbows!

    15:22 -- Roos in the yard? Brilliant, Mate!

  • Why yes, I fart Rainbows!

    So, the loo in the guest pod has a "wet room", eh? A bit tough to shower and get the whole look wet, I dare say ...

  • Jean-pierre Izart
    Jean-pierre Izart 23 days ago

    Best house of the chanel

  • Manuel Adriano
    Manuel Adriano 25 days ago

    Nc accent mate

  • John Matze
    John Matze 25 days ago

    A lovely holiday house but less home.

  • Helen Bennett
    Helen Bennett 26 days ago

    Who knew chrome was toxic?

  • Pon Pon Production
    Pon Pon Production 26 days ago

    non asian people likes their houses with big windows. they are never afraid of scary things that might peek them at night xD or...during the day lol

  • Krishnendu as
    Krishnendu as 26 days ago

    Beautiful... I would like to have this unique home....

  • starhit
    starhit 27 days ago

    This container home is my favorite very simple and minimalist great channel thanks for sharing!!👍😃

  • emma
    emma 27 days ago

    lovely concept -- looks more like a hostel or airbnb than a home tho

  • HomeOf laughterz
    HomeOf laughterz 28 days ago

    Wow great job man,I love it

  • Star of Eden
    Star of Eden 28 days ago

    Very nice

  • Charley Young
    Charley Young 28 days ago

    Its larger then many I wonder if that counts in terms of the tiny home.

  • Susan M
    Susan M 29 days ago

    This is the goldilocks house. Not too big, not too small. In considering building a small home for myself, I had been thinking 800sq ft would be the right size .If your brother-in-law is an architect and the king of built-ins. 600 sq ft looks perfectly spacious. I love the inverted corner window with a big overhang to cut down on direct sun. It's a great feature for a hot sunny climate. This comment was meant to go on the wabi-sabi episode. USclip autoplayed while I was typing.

  • Jamie Coughlin
    Jamie Coughlin 29 days ago

    Outstanding! This guy and Gordan Ramsay would make a great engineering company! His ideas but Gordan's enthusiasm to get shit done quickly.. Hands down beautiful!

  • Marc Lamparter
    Marc Lamparter Month ago +6

    This is the kids room: they are training for Westpoint.

  • shahriar hasan
    shahriar hasan Month ago

    Tinny lovely house with lovely family. Thanks for this awesome video

  • jacob bey
    jacob bey Month ago

    I'm concerned about his wife getting out of the hammock; one bad step and she can fall on the ground and hurt herself

  • Ketah's Little Bubble
    Ketah's Little Bubble Month ago +1

    This home has so much potential. However, it feels cold and lacks personality. So much more could have been done for $350,000. I think the outside architecture is the most interesting. The inside was disappointing. It felt too sterile and devoid of humanness. The children’s room had no color or anything engaging. It was uneventful. 🤔 Have you seen the Julia Roberts movie “Sleeping with the Enemy.” I got those vibes. And, the bathroom looked like a prison shower. I liked the living room and sliding glass doors. The lesson for me is the containers are sterile, and I personally think you must add color, texture, and personality to warm such a challenging living space. Bryce, thanks for giving us unique projects to consider and draw ideas from. Your channel is wonderful! 💕

  • rowena muller
    rowena muller Month ago

    Love that Bryce is including small homes (actually an average size home last century) as well as tiny homes . It's not practical for everyone to have a tiny home . Small homes like this built from containers is such a great alternative to the usual, inefficient brick veneer mc mansion. I also think to have had this built and up to code with a "granny flat" for $350,000 AU is pretty reasonable for Australia.

  • chumpess
    chumpess Month ago

    Bigger than my house