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Out of The Box Airbnb

by Lea Rose

It’s no secret that the pandemic has made all of us reconsider the idea of “home.” This includes how we travel and vacation, too. Since the start of the pandemic, domestic travel and nearby excursions have been on the rise. People are preferring vacations closer to home in Airbnbs and vacation rentals versus crowded hotels. Due to this increase in demand, Airbnbs and rental properties are great revenue generators to consider. And with lumber shortages and disruptions in global supply chains, investing in traditional builds isn’t always an option. But there’s a solution: ISO shipping container homes.

You may have heard of this rising home trend, but it’s for good reason. ISO shipping containers are sturdy, versatile, and completely customizable. In other words, they can be the cornerstone for your dream home. These shipping containers are built to withstand the elements. Rain or shine, hot or cold, they can be placed in just about any climate or environment, making them durable structures you can rely on.

The average shipping container size we recommend is 8 x 40 x 9.5 feet. Also called “40 High Cube” due to the extra high ceiling space. This size allows for adaptability. For a small cottage rental, you could install a single shipping container home in your own backyard, perfect for couples and small families. Many Airbnb hosts rent out properties this way, allowing them to be more hands-on with their property while also maintaining some separation between them and their guests. 

If you’re looking to invest in a larger scale rental property, consider buying a piece of land out in the country or in the suburbs. By placing two to three units on the property, you can rent them out through Airbnb, VRBO, and other local rental sites. With more land, the shipping containers are able to be combined and customized to virtually any size or architectural style. 

Now more than ever, people are looking for unique experiences and cool places to stay. For anyone looking to bring in some additional income and be a part of something one-of-a-kind, ISO shipping container Airbnbs could be for you. Think of them as blank canvases—the possibilities are endless.

For more inspiration:

  1. L3nee’s Lay-up in Hocking Hills, Ohio.
  1. The Container Haus in Jinja, Uganda.
  1. Joshua Tree Desert Dream Shipping Container Suite in Twentynine Palms, California.
  1. Stillwater House in Waco, Texas.
  1. Unique Shipping Container Home in Denver, Colorado.

Disclaimer: Please be sure to check local zoning ordinances and regulations for your area.