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Couple take a low cost shipping container & modernize it with a raised roof for a beautiful new look
They did a great job on the design inside and out.
Megan Bennett
12.16.22

Cathy and Paul are a Queensland, Australia couple who have created a beautiful tiny home for themselves from a shipping container.

While most shipping containers are stark and boxy-looking units, the space that these two have created is wonderful and homey.

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Paul originally bought the shipping container for a grand total of $50.

The roof was starting to rust so it could no longer be used for its original purpose, but Paul knew he would be able to do something with it.

He cut off the rusted roof and then him and Cathy set to work creating a home.

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The container, which is a grand total of about 20ft, houses the couple comfortably and includes tons of outdoor space as well.

Cathy and Paul are both artists and they decided to do all the renovations themselves and to use as much reclaimed and self-harvested materials as they could.

The white walls and cabinets are beautifully offset by many different types of hardwood, including maple and iron-bark, as well as Cathy’s colorful abstract surrealist paintings.

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The couple have their home situated on a working sugar cane farm and have their artists workshop about 10 feet away from their home.

They have also utilized their outdoor space well by surrounding it with tons of planters, filled with flora that is beautiful, edible, or both.

With Paul’s past work experience as a pastry chef, he was adamant about being able to go into their garden and pick fresh herbs as well as strawberries, herbs, and who knows what else.

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While they have the ability to go completely off-grid with solar panels and a 7,000 liter water tank, they have decided to hook up to the city’s power.

One thing they do not need that power for, however, is air conditioning, as they built the container with double insulated walls and many windows to help with air flow.

In fact, because the container Paul bought had a rusted roof, they decided to remove the original roof completely and construct a raised roof that was held up by windows going 365 degrees around the unit.

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The couple managed to fit in plenty of storage space in both the kitchen and they stairwell.

Though most tiny homes focus on reducing the amount of material goods they need, there is definitely still the need for storage of things like clothing and dishes, as well as room for a pantry.

This particular home does not have an oven, but that is because Paul prefers to cook outside on the BBQ.

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The loft holds a double bed, and while Paul does admit that in hindsight he would have made it a bit bigger, the couple make it work.

Cathy says that because of the windows, it makes the space feel bigger and full of light.

Right beneath their bed is the bathroom.

The bathroom has a large walk-in shower where Paul built their shower pipes out of copper, a large vanity mirror and sink, and a compostable toilet.

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By doing most of the work themselves, and using lots of reclaimed and recycled materials, the couple says that they put a total of $20,000 into their home.

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Take a tour of Cathy and Paul’s beautiful tiny home in the video below.

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By Megan Bennett
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Megan Bennett is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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