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Dad buys 2 container houses so daughters can live independently while still being close to home
When their children move out, they can re-design the space for their aging parents too.
Jenny Brown
12.30.22

Do you remember the first time you moved out of your parents’ home?

Independence is something that we all want.

When you’re young, you want to explore, make your own decision, and learn how to manage your finances.

Some leave for college and move out of their parent’s house.

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When Matt and Linda realized their children were already teens, they decided to look for a more spacious home.

They found one with a big backyard, and they thought they could use the space in a few years.

Indeed, in a few years, their two teenage daughters were old enough to move out, but their parents still wanted them close.

So, the couple looked for container homes.

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They found two gorgeous containers from Alternative Living Spaces and bought two 340 square feet container home.

Each one costs $60,000.

If you want them fully furnished, they will cost about $70,000 per unit.

“The girls can live in there but we both have aging sets of parents that are getting older and we thought, well, if we had these storage containers, we have this multi-generational setup that we could put them out there,” said Matt.

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Matt and Linda would be able to monitor their kids, Maddie and Ashley, but still, give them the independence and privacy they wanted.

When their children move out, they can re-design the space for their aging parents too.

What a great investment!

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The couple pulled the sewer, power, and water from the house and shared it with the two container homes.

By doing this, the kids won’t have to worry about installing their independent systems.

One of the girls, Ashley, lived in her container home for a while but soon decided to leave for college.

Braedon, Maddie’s friend, decided to rent the space.

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It was the perfect home for Braedon because he was looking for a space to live in temporarily.

Instead of an apartment, the setup in Maddie’s home was better.

Maddie’s container home has a spacious living room area with air conditioning, a television, and a big sofa that can turn into a bed.

Braedon’s living room looks identical to Maddie’s but with a dog bed and an X-Box.

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The kitchen in Maddie’s container isn’t used because she still eats and cooks inside her parent’s home.

The container for the microwave had since become a display area for her caps.

The kitchen on Braedon’s container is complete with a microwave and storage for a few plates.

Maddie’s container unit has more clothes and shoes, and she was able to maximize her storage areas.

Braedon’s container has all his necessities, but he still has more space.

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YouTube Screenshot - Tiny House Giant Journey

When our kids start asking for independence and privacy, we become worried.

Matt and Linda’s idea was loved by many because they get to have the best of both worlds.

They can teach their kids about independence and privacy but also monitor and assist them if need be.

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YouTube Screenshot - Tiny House Giant Journey

What do you think of this setup?

Click the video below for a full tour of this brilliant set-up!

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at [email protected]
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