This Hilltop Shipping Container Home Offers Off-Grid Living in Nature
This shipping container home on a countryside hilltop near Melbourne is the perfect weekend getaway if you’re looking to unplug and spend time in nature.
The home is composed of two shipping containers that mirror each other and are connected by stone steps. One contains the bedroom while the other contains the living room and kitchen. Each is equipped with its own bathroom so that you don’t have to go from one container to the other if you want to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Both bathrooms are equipped with a flushing toilet, even though the home is entirely off-grid. It is equipped with solar panels, a roof that catches water, and an external battery generator that provides for additional water and electric needs.
The industrial paint exterior pays homage to the shipping containers’ industrial origins, while the mesh roof provides good shade. A hydraulic drop-down external deck doubles the living space but can be raised if the home has to travel. There is also an outdoor fireplace.
The kitchen has a plywood interior and a wood-burning stove for heat and cooking. A steel fold separates the bathroom, maintaining privacy. The dining room table folds into the wall when not in use, as does a double bed.
This design of furniture that can fold into the wall when not in use, is also at work in the shipping container that houses the bedroom. A fold-away triple bunk bed with self-inflating camping mattresses and a fold-away double bed provide plenty of sleeping space.
This home took six years to build, but since opening itself up to guests via Airbnb, it has attracted a steady stream of travelers, especially architects and designers interested in the home’s build and the details of an off-grid construction.
Shipping container home
With a beautiful hilltop view, surrounded by wombats and kangaroos, this off-grid shipping container home provides a great opportunity to enjoy nature and embrace off-grid living for the weekend.
For more shipping container home stories, discover this 20ft shipping container house that runs on solar power or this shipping container home perched high in the Colorado Mountains.
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