Hello there and happy middle of the week… YOU’RE HALF WAY THERE!

This is Ryan tagging a post in right at the buzzer (11:45pm) regarding our small containers and some ideas about how we can utilize our space in the most efficient way.

Given that our shipping containers will be 8 ft wide ( 7′ 10.5″ with internal walls/insulation), our bathrooms and bedrooms will be rather tight spaces. After quite a bit of research I found some cool space saving ideas…


Washer machine above the toilet? Cool idea it seems… might work in other countries for gray water flushing power. Wish it would here as well. Maybe some day.


We love the steel on steel idea… or copper on steel. Pretty awesome. Wet-room bathroom… I must say… I really wish we could afford to put one of these in as our guest bathroom. Our engineer told us it would cost a lot to make the drain for the room and make it water-tight.

inspiring-space-saving-bathroom-decor-ideasWe were also thinking about putting our washer and drier in the bathroom. After speaking it over with a few people it seems re-sale value would be decreased if we put these in the bathroom? Such a shame as they would be very cool in there and space saving as well.

Bathroom-Barn-Door-J3132-1-smIt seems as if sliding barn doors would be a good idea for space saving. They are also called “pocket doors”. pocket-door-frame

Some hang on the outside of walls and some slide inside of walls when they open. Either way they allow you to utilize an entire swinging open door span worth of space and neither of them are difficult to install.

Given the strength of our containers… a hanging bed might be a clever idea. We could have one hanging in the bedrooms and use the underside for storage space possibly?

Another few bedrooms in small spaces ideas:




And if you have a cat…
Kitchen Simplicity…

kewb-multifunction-furniture_15699 Might be able to make one of these chair/tables out of pallets and foam?

Anyone have any other great space saving ideas? Links to cool DIY ones would be awesome!

Here is a hint for you regarding the next type of D-Construction I will be assisting in:

Thanks in advance for your knowledge and goodnight!

7 thoughts on “savinspace

  1. Hey Ry, The earthship I lived in had the washer/dryer in a small alcove attached to the bathroom and it was really convenient. I don’t know why that would reduce the value of the home,…strange. Actually, we had a machine that was a washer/dryer all-in-one, made by an italian company. It would wash and about 90% dry the clothes – you could lay them out and they would air dry in a few minutes in arid southern CO. Might not work so well here, plus it was pretty expensive, but super energy efficient.

    1. I used one those for several months that came with an apartment I was living in overseas.. They take 2 to 3 hours to dry even a small load such as three cotton polo shirts or a pair of khaki pants and two polo shirts. Never did get a pair of jeans to finish drying. They ARE space savers, but I strongly suspect they huge energy wasters.

    2. We are holding off on purchasing appliances as we are going to give companies the chance to get some advertising by way of donation. We are going with energy star appliances no matter what. Not trying to spend lots of money… or lots of energy… but we want clean and totally dry cloths via a great working washer and drier when the time comes!

  2. You do not want a wet room, trust me. It adds a lot of time to your shower when you have to squeegee the entire room afterwards to prevent soap scum and mold build-up, or merely enable dry walking. I speak from experience 😉

    1. Good advice. Our engineer also says they are EXPENSIVE to build as well. Though we love the look and feel of a wet room… we did not consider the soap scum/mold build up. Think we might just go with a normal shower after all… we will see.

  3. I strongly disagree that a washer dryer in a bathroom will decrease resale value. I’ve seen many bathrooms that have stacked units tucked away in a half bath, and no one thinks anything of it. It’s nice to have it in another room, but consider that this isn’t a luxury home, and the kind of person who would purchase this house would probably love the space saving idea. It could affect resale value if it is cramped and unappealing, and I have seen that. But just having them in the same room is fairly common because of the shared plumbing. Perhaps I’m biased because I ended up placing our washer dryer unit in the bathroom, but it’s well done and not in the way. This was a tough remodel, and it was one of the small problems I had to address.

    If you’re trying to save space on that, I would strongly recommend a vent-less washer/dryer combo. LG makes a nice one, they’re expensive, but they’re well worth it. It’s also PERFECT for a grey water set up. They’re also really small and you can put one anywhere this is a hot/cold water hookup and it’s only a 110 volt, so nothing special except the GFCI. This thing is small, we could put it anywhere. A lot of people buy them for small apartments… it doesn’t do a ton of laundry at once, but it’s a really cool machine and we both like it.

    ^^This is almost exactly like how our bathroom is, except there is a slope where the washer/dryer unit sits behind the shower. If you incorporate it to where it is not noticeable or intrusive, it won’t be a problem for anyone. I’ve even seen people put units under kitchen counters instead of cabinetry. The thought of it might sound silly, but when you see it, you think “huh, that’s convenient. I can wash the clothes in the kitchen now!”

    I haven’t ever considered resale value on one of these kinds of homes, but something I would consider is whether or not it will be classified as stick built or a modular/mobile home when you go to list it for sale. Ceiling height restrictions could cause a problem also. I think in other posts you mentioned floors and a few other things… A lot of cargo containers are like 8 feet tall? They have to be a minimum of 7 to be counted in the square footage, and something that is going to be added to MLS listings soon is cubic volume. If your home has lower ceilings but the same square footage as something similar, it will have a lower cubic volume and might go for less. I’m probably nitpicking on that point also, again, this is a unique thing, and I think the person who would buy this place wouldn’t worry so much about those kinds of details, but it’s something to consider.

    Hope that helps, man


    1. We will be purchasing high-cube containers which will be 9.5 ft. tall.

      I like the stacked washer/drier idea behind the shower… might work perfectly behind our GUEST shower in the guest bathroom. That way we could have the water running through our back “water wall”. I do not think that in NC we can use rainwater for the washer… or re-use washer water for anything else. I believe all we can “legally” do to code is use rainwater for our toilets.

      Though we are building the home with shipping containers, it will be a built on site home. It will simply be a metal built on site home instead of a stick built one.

      Thanks for all the feedback Shawn! Looking forward to more of it on our future posts man.

      Cheers! – Ryan

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