Oakland-based start-up Boxouse.com has an innovative solution to affordable housing in California by using 2nd-hand shipping containers.
Founder Luke Iseman (a technology entrepreneur) started the company after living rent-free in a shipping container in the back-yard while renting out his own three-bedroom house. Luke and co-founder Heather Steward now live in a “Boxouse” while developing the company.
The containers are standard 20ft used shipping containers which are bought from the shipping line fleets. Boxouse then refurbish them, with their own team of workers. This is a great example of up-cycling used containers and giving them new life after sailing many times around the world.
The units are for sale in two configurations with the standard version which is a fully functioning home with bathroom, bedroom and kitchenette costing $29,000.
The “Deluxe” version priced at $49,000 comes with all the extras such as automatic utility service, a solar system which is enough for heating and powering the unit and the kitchenette. Moreover, and app can control smart windows and lights, and be controlled by voice via Amazons “Alexa”-system.
If you want to test the concept before buying, a Boxouse test unit can be rented on Airbnb for ~$50.
Check out www.boxouse.com for more information on how to buy and support this great initiative.
If you are looking to build a similar project as Boxouse, Boxhub will be happy to find the right containers for you at the right price, and even taking care of delivery to your site. We have agreements with the leading container owners, so check out www.boxhub.co and get in touch with us to discuss the possibilities.