You Can Now Buy a $36,000 Shipping Container Home on Amazon

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Tiny houses are a cultural concept that make sense for an ever-crowding planet. Amazon has recognized the emerging trend and jumped into the pre-fab house game. You can now order one directly from the shipping behemoth. Amazon’s offering is a re-purposed shipping container decked out for compact living.

The Amazon houses are being sold by MODS International.  The tiny houses have a living space that melds with a small kitchen, and a bathroom and a bedroom. While they are hardly wide, the economical use of space would allow for one or two people to live in confined comfort, so long as they don’t own much stuff.

Each is just 320 square feet. The list price is $36,000. Delivery is an additional $3,754.49. As the units are somewhat built to order, the wait time is about 4-6 weeks. That is still very fast compared to most other forms of housing.

The new trend is causing a headache for some municipalities. While the containers are ideal for use as cabins, they are also easy to set up in municipal areas. They’re more mobile that traditional mobile-homes, and can be set on permanent foundations or on footings. Yet there are few rules governing where the containers might be placed.

Housing this size is prohibited in many areas (unless it is truly mobile, like recreational vehicles). Yet the need for transitional housing and shelter for the homeless is real, and these units can be placed close together.

And that need is driving the development of these products. The shipping containers are made of steel, which–if treated well–will last for decades. The shipping industry has an abundance of these containers, many of which have been removed from the shipping cycle and sit empty in storage lots. The sell for as little as $2,000.

Yet the potential is real. The $36,000 price tag reflects the fact that the units arrive, ready to plugged in. They are move-in ready. And there are as many ways to customize their interiors as the small spaces will allow. A quick search on-line shows hundreds of architectural plans for customization as well as placement.

So will these end up being a fad, or a slightly industrial aesthetic that provides a serious option for overcrowding? If you want to check them out, you can do so over at ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Amazon.