Here’s a highly modified version of my previous shipping container home design, with the addition of a 16′x40′ and a 10′x32′ sun/viewing deck on the top of the home. This adds 960 square feet of patio/deck space to the home. Pretty good for two tiny shipping containers.
Notice the solar panel array on the southern side of the home. The bottom back glass wall faces west to catch the afternoon and evening sun, and the top deck is for viewing those beautiful desert sunsets over the mountaintops. Adding more windows to the south facing side of the home will also capture more of the Sun’s energy. I’m not sure is this is a good thing in the desert, but, it’s probably good in colder climates.
Rear view of home:
This is a more complex design than my $10k 1280 Sqft Ranch Style Container Home using two shipping containers, however the cost of extra materials to complete the railing, upper decks, and extra structural materials needed to support the added weight should still have this shipping container home coming in under $40k including the solar panels.