Portability is just one of the aspects CargoHome lists as benefits for choosing a container for a home. The others include the relatively cheap price, the durability, the minimalist styling, and the fact that they’re eco-friendly – and can be made to be off-grid, if you wish to and have the budget for it.
Container homes are becoming more popular these days, what with the housing crisis shifting the focus from brick-and-mortar homes to tinies and other types of wheeled homes. Put it differently, houses are expensive to buy, and a pain to rent. Tinies are being presented as a better alternative.
As far as aesthetics go, The Helm is a stunner. For one, it offers more space than most average-priced tinies, being able to sleep up to six people. It has two bedrooms, two full custom bathrooms, one lounge, a kitchen with a dining area, a private deck up top, and outdoor space on the ground. It’s styled as a combination of rustic villa and modern apartment and, assuming you don’t mind the linear layout, could be the perfect family home.
The Helm is made of a 40-foot (12.2-meter) container on the bottom, and a 20-foot (6-meter) one up top. The walls of heavy gauge corrugated steel are clad in cedar siding on the outside, and paneled with pine shiplap and old barnwood trims, with a thick layer of insulation in between. There’s air-conditioning in both, as well as heating.
The ground floor has two entryways, where the steel was replaced with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. There’s a spacious lounge slash living room on one end, with the bedroom and bathroom at the opposite one. The kitchen is located centrally, with a dining nook for all six guests right next to it.
CargoHome has The Helm as its flagship model, but this particular unit is not for sale. Instead, Kenneth is offering it for rent on Airbnb, which is how it came to be known as the state’s most popular – and beautiful – non-movable tiny. The company also sells these cargo homes throughout the country, either as standard models or customizable units, to whoever is eager to give downsizing a try and has the budget for it.
Just to be clear, this is a story about a possible alternative for those looking into the tiny house movement. For the more eco-conscious of our readers, The Helm can also serve as excellent illustration for upcycling old or repurposing new containers. It’s thinking outside the box, if we’re to keep up with the company’s puns.