When it comes to predominant home trends, the tiny home movement and farmhouse-style renovations have both gained huge followings. Look no further than HGTV’s programming, with shows like “Tiny House, Big Living” dedicated to minimalist lifestyles neatly packaged in a few hundred square feet of living space and the five-season “Fixer Upper” run that helped Chip and Joanna Gaines garner their farmhouse fandom.
Now, a Texas-based company is combining the two trends to create affordable shipping container homes that are decked out in farmhouse charm — complete with white window trims and rocking chairs on a pint-sized porch.
Backcountry Containers is a company that provides custom-built, cost-effective homes made from a combination of 20- and 40-foot containers. The team behind the company is husband-wife duo Jon and Kristen Meier. The couple has their own show, “Containables,” on the DIY Network, on which he handles the engineering work and she brings the design savvy.
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Like all custom builds, the cost of the homes they offer varies. But as a baseline, a 20-foot shipping container home starts at $40,000 and a 40-foot container home starts at $60,000. Multiple shipping containers for a bigger build start at around $100,000, according to the company. Adding on rooftop decks, porches, high-end appliances and other finishes will cost extra.
The farmhouse shipping container model home is 1,100 square feet. Other models include bungalows, a two-story stacked home and a shipping container that serves as a workspace.
Backcountry Containers is mostly just building in Texas — proving that not everything in the state is bigger. The company website does note, however, that they may make some exceptions for builds outside of the Lone Star State.
But hey, if you’re really keen on the tiny home movement, you may want to consider a move to Spur, Texas. With affordable land and zoning regulations favorable for tiny homes, the small town of 1,000 prides itself on being tiny-home friendly and is about an hour outside of Lubbock.
Not sure you want to commit to the tiny home lifestyle? Check out this tiny home hotel in Montana that’s next to Glacier National Park and try out the trend for a weekend.