BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

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BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

The Port of Oakland holds and receives nearly 2.4 million shipping containers each a year. If Luke Iseman had hisway, Oakland would hold onto even more of them. Iseman is founder and CEO of Boxouse, a West Oakland-based startup that makes affordable housing out of shipping containers.

A used 20-foot container that’s eight feet high and eight feet wide retails for around $1,500. In less than a week, the Boxouse crew can cut out a door and window, add insulation, framing, and electric grid capabilities and market it as a bare-bones model for $9,000. More expensive than a month’s rent, to be sure, but for many Oaklanders, a fraction of what they might pay in a year.

 

BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

 

BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

 

Startup Boxouse sells “portable, affordable, beautiful smart homes” made from shipping containers (the “deluxe” edition costs $49,000 and includes shipping). Chief Executive Officer Luke Iseman, a Wharton graduate who previously ran Y Combinator’s hardware program, concedes that “container houses aren’t perfect” but says they can help ease housing shortages. He shares one with co-founder Heather Stewart that’s set up in an Oakland warehouse. They’re partly financing the business by renting out two others on Airbnb.

 

BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

 

BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

 

Boxouse offers higher-end models that retail for more, but even its most expensive model— a solar-powered, off-the-grid deluxe package with bathroom, kitchenette, and bedroom—retails for $49,000. The current median home price in Oakland is $685,000.

Iseman buys them used for about $2,000 each and retrofits them with the help of a half-dozen part-time workers.

 

BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

 

BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

 

BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

 

BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

 

BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

 

BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

 

BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

 

BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

 

Boxouses are designed for off-the-grid living, with a 1.5-kilowatt solar system that heats and powers the unit and its kitchenette.

An app can control smart windows and lights, as can a complimentary Alexa. In the works: alerts to port-a-potty vendors when the wastewater tank needs emptying.

 

BOXOUSE DELUXE TINY CONTAINER HOME

 

$49,000 Boxouse Deluxe features:

  • Everything in the Standard ($29,000) plus…
  • Solar power (1kw)
  • Integrated trailer
  • Voice controlled everything (‘Alexa, trigger lights’)
  • Windows that transform from transparent to opaque
  • Remote controlled projector screen/ room divider
  • Automatic utility servicing
  • Kitchenette
  • Shower
  • Bedroom
  • Sleek finish out with premium sustainable materials
  • The whole shebang.

 

So what do you think? Would you live here? ☺

 

 

Information Source: Bloomberg, Boxouse, Hoodline

Photo Source: Bloomberg, Boxouse, Hoodline, Business Insider

 

 

 

 

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