This tiny home is made from a repurposed shipping container, and it’s fully customisable

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Shipping container tiny home exterior. Burdge Architects
  • Two California architects designed a luxurious take on the shipping container home.
  • The tiny house is called “buhaus,” a combination of bauhaus design style and the Malibu roots of the architects.
  • The units are fully customisable, and set to go on sale in the spring of 2020.
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Shipping containers have never felt so stylish. This new design from Doug Burdge and Nate Garnero was inspired by the Woolsey Fire that devastated California in 2018. As long-time Malibu residents, the two men wanted to build self-sustaining, resilient homes.

The unit is made up of one large living space with a separate bathroom, plus the option to add a deck and open it to the outdoors. Called buhaus, the design is a combination of bauhaus design, which is distinctive for geometric and linear shapes, and Malibu, where the architects are from.

Buhaus units are not yet available, but Curbed reported that preorders will start at $US96,000.

Check out photos of this innovative tiny home.


These structures are 160-square-feet, inspired by repurposed shipping containers. They are fully customisable, with several options on exterior and interior finishes, plus coordinating furniture.

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Shipping container tiny home exterior. Burdge Architects

They also come in a special camouflage exterior for buyers who want to use the Buhaus as an “off the grid” unit in the wilderness, according to a spokesperson.

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Shipping container tiny home exterior. Burdge Architects

Designed with fire-resistant material, the units are not meant as temporary housing. They’re intended to be a “luxury guest house of sorts,” a spokesperson told Business Insider

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Shipping container tiny home exterior. Burdge Architects

Panels of the home’s exterior can be raised to shade the outdoor deck, making the tiny home feel larger.

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Shipping container tiny home exterior. Burdge Architects

The living room has oak paneling, customisable in a variety of finishes.

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Shipping container tiny home living room. Burdge Architects

The custom Murphy bed, which fits unobtrusively in the wall when not in use, folds out into the living room.

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Shipping container tiny home Murphy bed. Burdge Architects

The home itself is customisable, with the possibility of coordinating paneling and other furniture.

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Shipping container tiny home Murphy bed. Burdge Architects

A desk also folds out from the wall in the living room…

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Shipping container tiny home living room. Burdge Architects

…perfect for transforming the living space from day to night.

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Shipping container tiny home living room. Burdge Architects

Custom cabinets are another way that the small space is optimised to make the best use of every square foot.

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Shipping container tiny home Murphy bed. Burdge Architects

Despite the home’s small size, the bathroom is surprisingly luxurious.

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Shipping container tiny home bathroom. Burdge Architects

An outdoor shower is a smart addition to keep the tiny home clean after a trip to the beach.

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Shipping container tiny home bathroom. Burdge Architects

It also opens up onto a large wooden deck.

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Shipping container tiny home bathroom. Burdge Architects

The bathroom is completed with high-end end finishes and a pedestal sink.

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Shipping container tiny home bathroom. Burdge Architects

No space is wasted, and these closets show how many storage options the house offers.

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Shipping container tiny home bathroom. Burdge Architects

The polished aluminium exterior looks particularly stunning at night.

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Shipping container tiny home exterior. Burdge Architects

Buhaus units go on sale in spring of 2020, starting at $US96,000.

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Shipping container tiny home exterior. Burdge Architects

Follow them on Instagram here, and join the waitlist here.