Tiny Homes: Container Housing in Salt Lake City

“…a Salt Lake City man is taking an out-of-the-box approach to one of the problems of poverty by offering an in-the-box solution: “tiny homes” cheaply and efficiently constructed out of used shipping containers.”

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About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

4 Responses to Tiny Homes: Container Housing in Salt Lake City

  1. While I applaud this guy's effort at recycling shipping containers – as I do others who have preceded him in this – the resulting structure is far too expensive at $100.00 to $166.00 per sq. ft. to be considered 'affordable'. 'Affordable' for the targeted demographic is more like $30.00 to $50.00 per sq. ft., which why a lot of older folks end up in trailer parks.

    And then there's the land issue. According to the linked article, the house will be placed on a 0.17-acre parcel. That's just under 7,500 sq. ft. A parcel this size could easily support three or four dwellings of this size, thereby lowering the land cost to the individual.

    End of rant.

  2. I get in trouble from container zealots when I say this, but I owned a container for over ten years- and they make lousy houses. They are short, hard to insulate, hard to cut doors and windows in, have flat roofs that leak, they are noisy and wet inside due to condensation, and, in general, make very good containers and very poor houses.
    When somebody makes a "house" from a container, they usually have to build a miniature stick built house inside, with framing, insulation, and interior walls. Due to the fact that ordinary carpenters dont have the metalworking skills, this usually costs MORE than if you just built a little house from whatever materials are locally used and local workers are fluent in- wood, concrete, brick, adobe, you name it.
    Me, I am a metalworker, and, periodically, I get paid to cut windows in one, or weld tabs for studs, or drill holes for wiring or stovepipes, and I will continue to take their money…


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