Form, Function, and Fun! 7 Shipping Container Homes for Sale Right Now

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If you believe shipping container homes are a bleak industrial living solution, it’s time to take another look.

Shipping containers do make cheap and durable spaces, but function isn’t their only appeal. Because they’re modular, weatherproof, and easily modified, they can be outfitted for modern luxury living. Form and function merge to create living spaces made for maximum fun.

We found seven intriguing shipping container homes on the market right now, all ready for a buyer to sail on in.

There’s a country house in New York with its own pond that’s been featured in the New York Times, a Colorado home as luxurious as any modern farmhouse in the city, and the party-ready “Villa de Shipping Containers”—a three-unit compound in Texas with its own pool that looks like the backdrop for a spring break bash.

These seven shipping container homes aren’t just eco-friendly, they’re also a go-to housing solution for folks looking to break away from the old and try something new. Trust us, you’ll never see those corrugated steel boxes in quite the same way again.

1122 County Road 102, Carbondale, CO

Price: $1,650,000
Modular masterpiece: This two-bedroom, 1,350-square-foot shipping container home is brand new and sits on a third of an acre of irrigated pasture with views of Mount Sopris and Roaring Fork Valley. Huge windows bring the spectacular views inside, while wood floors and white steel walls and other modern industrial details offer plenty of luxury, even out on the range.

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48 Bully Hill Dr, North Branch, NY

Price: $399,000
Country chic: This country retreat built from shipping containers was featured in the New York Times. According to the listing, it’s also been a successful vacation rental for years. Built in 2011, the two-bedroom, 1,150-square-foot home has a large deck for soaking in the mountain views. The 6-acre property also includes a pond for swimming in the summer and skating in the winter.

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3135 Thurman Rd, Lago Vista, TX

Price: $675,000
Triple treat: Dubbed the “Villa de Shipping Containers,” this three-unit building is proof containers can look cool. There are three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and more than 2,200 square feet of living space. Located just 45 minutes outside of Austin, the containers could be divided into rental units or used as a family compound.

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2153 E. Arizona St, Williams, AZ

Price: $189,900
Heat haven: When desert temperatures start soaring, Arizonans retreat to the high country. This 720-square-foot house in the northern part of the state is a cool-weather getaway with two bedrooms and one bathroom. Clean lines, large windows, and warm wood floors frame the space. A back deck running the full length of the home is an ideal spot for communing with nature—and those refreshing breezes.

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Williams, AZ

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6 Lawndale Ave, Asheville, NC

Price: $350,000
Asheville artistry: This is the first shipping container home built in Asheville. The three-bedroom, 1,100-square-foot home features passive solar energy and was constructed in 2014 with reclaimed materials. The purchase includes permits, plans, and plumbing for a second unit, with its own driveway, to be built behind the home, for an income-generating opportunity.

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15030 Morning Glory Rd, Adelanto, CA

Price: $89,000
Off-road opportunity: This one-bedroom, one-bathroom shipping container home was built in 2008 as a small residence for a couple to live in while their dream retirement home was built on this 5-acre property in California’s high desert. The home never materialized, so the container is being sold as is along with property upgrades like electricity, a 400-foot well and water tank, trenched power, and plumbing for a future build.

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1440 Cypress Ave, Friendship, WI

Price: $79,900
Bunker base: Perhaps ideal for preppers, this is a spartan affair. This one-bedroom shipping container would be an ideal hunting cabin, according to the listing, which adds that the residence was built like a bunker to withstand natural disasters. Sitting on more than 11 acres, the shipping container unit is fully insulated, has plumbing and electricity, and is located near all-terrain vehicle trails and lakes.

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Our Picks for Furniture Covers Will Keep Your Favorite Spots Comfy and Clean

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Project your loveseats, sofas, and recliners with these attractive furniture covers

From stretch models with a soft-soft feel to reversible numbers that stand up to the messiest pets, here are our four picks for great furniture covers.

The Best Time to Buy a Christmas Tree If You’re Looking for a Bargain

The Best Time to Buy a Christmas Tree If You're Looking for a Bargain

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For many of us, the annual visit to the Christmas tree lot happens immediately after the Thanksgiving festivities—sometimes even before the leftovers are gobbled up. Buying your tree as early as possible means you’ll have your pick of the inventory. But if you’re trying to score a deal this year (and maybe you don’t mind a tree with a few bare spots), it might be worth it to hold off on buying for a few weeks.

Mobile payment company Square teamed up with the National Christmas Tree Association to determine the best time of year to buy a Christmas tree if you’re trying to save money. They analyzed the past four years of sales data from thousands of Christmas tree farmers and sellers across the country and found when prices rose—and when they fell.

Most expensive day to buy a Christmas tree

Hands down the most expensive day to buy a tree is Cyber Monday. Sales data shows that Christmas tree prices start off high on Black Friday, when the average cost of a tree is $79. By Cyber Monday, the price increases to $84.

When to buy to save a buck

Of course, Christmas trees lose their value as the holiday itself approaches. A tree for sale on Dec. 26 is practically worthless. So it stands that the cheapest day to buy a Christmas tree is on Christmas Eve.

If you’re happy to go without a tree until then, you can snag one the night of Santa’s visit for as little as $50, says Sara Vera, a data analyst at Square. However, if you’re looking for a decent-quality tree at a reasonable price, try pinpointing the week before Christmas.

“For those that want to hold out for the best deals, we see a seasonal savings of almost 30% for those who purchase the week before Christmas,” says Vera.

Location matters

Location can also dictate a Christmas tree’s price. The trees you find in a lot are grown from seed, taking about 10 years to reach full size. After the firs are harvested, they are wrapped in netting and shipped to vendors across the country. So the closer you live to a tree farm, the cheaper it is to ship the trees to you, which could contribute to a tree’s lower price.

Similarly, smaller trees cost less because they usually spent less time growing to maturity, says Tim O’Connor, executive director of the NCTA, which is based in Littleton, CO.

Price varies by region

Square data also shows that trees purchased in the South are the most expensive, coming in at an average of about $99 while trees in the Midwest are just $73 on average.

Prices also range depending on the variety of trees and where in your area you choose to buy a tree. In general, Fraser firs are the most expensive while noble firs are the most affordable.

Michael May, owner of Lazy Acres Farm, in Chunky, MS, says the trees grown on his farm are priced according to height. For example, a 6- to 8-foot tree ranges in cost from $46 to $60.

“The taller the tree, the more of an investment for the farmer and therefore the higher the price tag,” he says.

Taking care of your tree

The average tree will stay fresh and green in your home for up to three weeks, depending on when it was cut and purchased, according to O’Connor.

So you want to select a tree that looks green and fresh with soft, pliable needles. Once you’ve selected your tree, ask to have a small round of the trunk trimmed off with a chain saw. This will help the tree absorb water and stay fresh.

At home, keep your tree away from south-facing windows, fireplaces, or heating ducts which might dry it out. Keep the basin in your tree stand full of water to keep the needles from turning brittle; never let the water level dip below the base of the tree.

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5 Easy Improvements to Get Your Home Guest-Ready for the Holidays

Hosting a holiday gathering can be a lot of fun, but perhaps a bit intimidating, too. You want your house to look its best, but now isn’t the time to undertake any major updates.

Chances are, you’re busy enough get ready for the event. So, focus on just the areas of your house where your guests will spend time.

Whether you’re a first-time party host with a few jitters or an old pro looking for some new ideas, these tips will help you ensure that your home is ready for any gathering.

Light the way

The sun sets early this time of year, so it’s important to make sure the entrance to your home is clean and well-lit.

If you have a large front yard, focus on the entryway and the path leading up to it. Install porch lights or replace the bulbs if needed. Cut back any shrubbery that is obstructing the walkway.

On the day of your party, open the blinds on the front windows so your guests can see into your warm, festive-looking home as they approach. It’s a great way to create a sense of welcoming anticipation.

Pro tip: The easiest way to create instant lighting for walkways and paths is with the solar lights that you just stick into the ground. The sun does the rest of the work!

Take care of the bottom line

Our mothers used to say this, and it’s true: If your floors are spotless, they make your whole house look cleaner.

Even if you’re unable to do an in-depth house cleaning before your gathering, make sure your floors have been cleaned before that first guest steps over the threshold.

Pro tip: If you have carpeting, clean the carpets a minimum of three days ahead of your affair so they have time to dry fully.

Brighten up your bathroom

If you’re bothered by grimy-looking grout in your bathroom, try this easy, inexpensive, and non-toxic method to get rid of it nearly instantly: Just spray on some full-strength hydrogen peroxide, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then wipe clean. That’s it!

Next, add some flowers, holiday decorations or pictures on the wall to further spiff up your powder room, and it will be ready for your guests.

Pro tip: Get the buildup out of a slow-moving sink drain with a Zip-It. This inexpensive tool looks like a giant zip-tie. You just work it down into the drain to pull up hair clogs – all the other gunky stuff will come up with it.

Tune up kitchen appliances

Your kitchen appliances will be the workhorses of your holiday party, whether you’re hosting a big family dinner or a cocktail party. You want them to be fully functioning and ready for action.

Make sure all stove burners are working. Now’s the time to clean the oven if you haven’t done that for a while.

Clean out the refrigerator, and check to see that the fridge and freezer are running at their optimal temperatures.

Make sure your dishwasher is in good working order. You can clean it easily with a dishwasher cleaner that you run through a cycle.

Pro tip: Sharp knives will make easy work of preparing the big meal. Make sure all your kitchen knives are newly sharpened, and also check the batteries in your electric carving knife, if you have one.

Make your space kid-friendly

If you make your home welcoming for children, you’ll ensure their parents have a great time as well.

If you happen to have kids that are the same ages as your young guests, you’re in luck. But if not, think about adding some considerate touches that will make parents more comfortable and alleviate kid boredom.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Turn a spare room or an upstairs bedroom into a private nursing/changing area for a new mom.
  • Toddlers and younger children will want to be near their parents, so a good idea for them is to set up a corner of your living or dining room with toys, books, a tablet for watching cartoons and some comfy pillows or throws.
  • One of our favorite strategies for older kids is to turn the dessert course into an activity. For instance, you could bake a huge batch of sugar cookies in holiday shapes, and then put out different colors of icing to let kids (and adults) go to town with decorating their own cookies.

Pro tip: If you don’t have children, or if yours are older, don’t forget to kid-proof your space. Put away anything expensive, breakable or unstable. Do some baby-proofing, if necessary. This way you and the parents can relax and not have to worry about safety hazards.

Want more DIY tips? Watch more of See Jane Drill’s home improvement videos

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Originally published November 2016.