Custom Container Living has been in business since 2015. The company was founded by Robert Wagoner, who had first-hand experience with traditional fine home construction. Robert’s goal was to address and resolve many of the problems of traditional construction. Container homes were his solution.
Many of the floor plans offered by Custom Container Living are “Certified Manufactured Homes,” which means that strict codes are followed to allow for easy financing and municipality approvals.
The Custom Container Living Buying Process
Purchasing a home through Custom Container Living is very similar to purchasing any other manufactured or prefab home. Choose your floor plan, and then select the custom options that you want for flooring, cabinets, kitchens, bathrooms, countertops and more.
Custom Container Living will walk you through every step of the process.
The first step is to discuss your budget and secure financing. Custom Container Living offers a large variety of floor plans to meet a wide range of budgets. While the company cannot assist with financing, they can answer questions and provide information on the financing options available.
Ideally, you want to get the financing in place before you even contact Custom Container Living to discuss your home.
Once you have the financing in place, the next step is to find out about permitting. Contact your local city or county building department to find out if:
Container homes are permitted
There are minimum square footage requirements
Building permits are required for new residential builds
If your county allows shipping container homes but requires a permit, Custom Container Living can certify your home as a state manufactured/modular home. The company only offers certified plans in certain locations and only certain plans are certified.
Once you have financing and permitting information, it’s time to find a location for your home (if you don’t have one already).
A few things to consider when searching for property:
Is there an HOA? If so, you will likely have a hard time finding one that allows shipping container homes.
Does the property have utilities?
Is there adequate access to the property? Keep in mind that Custom Container Living must be able to access your property with their trucks. You may also need a crane. If the property doesn’t meet their delivery requirements, you may have a hard time getting your home delivered.
4. General Contractor
The next step is to get in touch with your general contractor or to start collecting bids from them.
Your contractor will help you with all aspects of the home-building process that Custom Container Living does not help with, including:
Site grading, driveway installation, final connections, etc.
5. Choose a Floor Plan
Now it’s time to select and finalize your dream container home. Custom Container Living has a wide range of floor plans to choose from.
6. The Build
Once you’ve chosen a floor plan and your upgrades, Custom Container Living will prepare a quote with your final price.
After you approve the final quote, a sales contract will be generated, and a 50% deposit will be required. Once you have put down a deposit, Custom Container Living will take care of the rest.
When it comes time to deliver your home, Custom Container Living makes it as simple as possible. They supply the truck and trailer, and they will set the container home onto your foundation.
All that’s left to do is move into your new home.
Custom Container Homes Gallery
Custom Container Living uses standard shipping containers for their homes, so they offer 20-foot and 40-foot options. Both types are 8’ wide. Standard containers are 8-1/2′ tall, but you can also purchase the “high cube” option that stands 9-1/2′ tall.
What do their container homes include?
Heating: 20’ homes come a 12,000/10,600 BTU heating/cooling unit; 40’ homes have two air/heating units. You also have the option of upgrading to a Mitsubishi ductless mini-split system.
Insulation: Cell spray foam insulation is included in the walls and ceilings of the home.
Electric Tankless Water Heater
Flooring: Sheet vinyl designed to look like wood flooring
Walls: Either smooth painted square grooved wall board, or smooth painted “V” groove wall board
Ceiling: Corrugated galvanized metal
Windows: 5’x3’ sliders, 3’6”x3’ sliders, or 2’x3’ sliders
Doors: 3’ full-view metal doors
Cabinets and countertops
As far as upgrades are concerned, Custom Container Living offers a number of options, including:
5KW dwarf wood fireplace
Large wood stove
Wall-mounted grizzly fireplace
Barnwood accent wall
Platform bed with storage
Security shutter door
Interior sliding barn door
Container homes can be placed directly onto the ground (not recommended), but Custom Container Living provides 12” x 12” steel plates with J hooks that are welded into the bottom side. These plates can be inserted into the concrete piers as they are being set up. The container home can then be placed onto the piers and welded into the steel plates.
Customer Container Living Floor Plans
Custom Container Living offers a variety of floor plans spanning a wide range of sizes:
160 sq ft (4 plan options)
320 sq ft (3 plan options)
480 sq ft (1 plan option)
640 sq ft (2 plan options)
960 sq ft (2 plan options)
Two standout floor plans include Family Matters (960 sq ft) and Double Duo (640 sq ft).
For families that need a little more space, the Family Matters floor plan is the largest layout offered by Custom Container Living.
This home offers:
960 square feet of space
The open floor plan gives your family plenty of space to roam. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet and master bath. The second and third bedrooms are the same size, and both offer closet space as well as large windows. The second bathroom has a bathtub, vanity and sink, and space for a stackable washer/dryer unit.
The Family Matters home has a large full-size kitchen with full-sized appliances. There’s even space for a dining room table and living room furniture.
Like other Custom Container Living homes, this floor plan has a variety of options and upgrades to choose from, including exterior features to make the home truly yours.
The Double Duo floor plan uses two shipping containers placed side by side to give you more space and comfort.
This floor plan includes:
640 square feet of space
The Double Duo has two equal-sized bedrooms and a full-size bathroom with a tub/shower. A large living area gives you plenty of options for furniture placement, and there’s a generous galley kitchen. The large kitchen area features full-size appliances as well as handmade cabinets and a built-in pantry.
The bathroom features a full size 5-foot tub/shower combo and a vanity with either a single or double sink option. A large linen closet gives you space to store your towels and other essentials. There’s also a spot for a stacked washer/dryer in the bathroom.
The exterior of the home can be customized to your liking, with a wide range of colors and siding options.
Along with traditional homes, Custom Container Living also offers bunk houses with loft space. These homes maximize the vertical space in a container home, allowing for up to four bunks to be placed in a single container home.
Bunk houses are ideal for dormitory living. Most floor plans include a kitchenette and bathroom.
What About Cost?
One advantage that Custom Container Living offers is transparency about pricing.
You can view the core price for each floor plan as well as the cost for some of the most common upgrades.
For example, looking at the two standout floor plans discussed earlier, you can get a ballpark estimate of the home’s cost:
Family Matters: $149,800
Double Duo: $107,578
Keep in mind that this price does not include:
Site work and preparation
Specific requirements or permits from your city/county/state
The company requires a 50% down payment, with the remainder due once the order is completed. The final payment must be made before the container home is delivered.
Delivery is $500 for the first 200 miles from Archie, MO.
Delivery fees will depend on your location. It’s the buyer’s responsibility to make sure that their property meets their delivery requirements. Their team can perform a property inspection for an additional fee.
Custom Container Living only provides the home. You will need to take care of the site work, hiring a contractor, securing financing and all other aspects of the home building process. However, this is very common with container home builders and other tiny home builders.