Welcome to Boxouse

Upgrade to your own tiny off-grid house
and start living carbon neutral.

Less Talk, More Boxes

After years of pontificating about how much we'd like to live in a shipping-container-based tiny house, we realized that we'd never be ready. Paying more than a shipping container's cost in rent pushed us over the brink: we moved from San Francisco's Mission across the bridge and into a West Oakland lot. Living in a tent provided excellent motivation to complete our container conversion. Several months, more than a few minor disasters, and many experiments later, we've created a tiny home community in the heart of West Oakland. We're not getting rich, but we are close to breaking even. More importantly, we're living in a solar-powered, sustainable home we built for less than the cost of a car. Chickens in the yard, fast internet, occasionally-alive gardens, and providing affordable homes for our friends: it's getting harder and harder to consider our sustainability a sacrifice. We've got giant problems, but technology presents us with more power than ever to fix them. We hope you'll learn a bit from our mistakes and join us in building sexy, sustainable housing from industrial waste!

Here's a video our friend Kirsten Dirksen made of boxouse site #001:

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Buy you own fully finished Boxouse. Delivered ready for off-grid tiny living!

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Order a boxouse kit


Order a kit and get a container packed with everything you need to build your own Boxouse shipped to your doorstep.

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Free plans for a container house

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Download free plans to help you create your own off-grid tiny dream home

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You can put in your refundable deposit on a finished boxouse. We'll be in contact within 3 days to finalize details.


We'll do as much or as little customization as you want. Save by putting in your own wood floors, etc. Refundable deposit here!


We're documenting slowly but surely. Here's our Instructable on obtaining a container.

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Feel free to email us for more information, give us suggestions, or to just say hello!