Off-Grid HC Container House Plans Gaia


20ft / 6m High Cube Shipping Container DIY Plans

  • complete set of cargo container cabin plans + CAD set
  • construction progress + comments
  • complete material list + tool list
  • eBook How to build a tiny house included
  • DIY Furniture plans included
  • DIY building cost $21,000

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Off Grid HC Container House Plans

20ft High Cube Container Plans Step by Step Guide

Container House Cabin Plans, Drawings

Complete set of small house plans (pdf): layouts, details, sections, elevations, material variants, windows, doors.


Complete Material List + Tool List

Complete set of material list + tool list. A very detailed description of everything you need to build your small house.tool-list

The shipping-container house, Gaia, is an experimental self-sufficient housing project, a so-called Off-the-Grid House. With Gaia, there is no need to rely on external sources of energy or water since this house harnesses solar energy and wind energy. The house is equipped with solar panels, as well as a wind turbine, ensuring your batteries can be charged at all times of the day and all seasons. The battery level, consumption, charging, and other factors can all be monitored remotely by using a mobile app.  The house is also equipped to retain rainwater, which is filtered and distributed to the bathroom and kitchen. It is equipped with a refrigerator, water heater, and other 12 V and 24 V appliances according to your needs. Additionally, a higher voltage of 110 V to 230 V can be generated using an inverter. Smart storage space, a convertible sofa-bed, compact stools, and tables are always a feature of Pin-Up Houses. For added privacy and security, the outdoor terrace can easily be folded to close the container using the winch.

This container house is made up of a marine HC 20‘ / 6 m container, wooden studs, and spruce plywood, creating the entire interior. The inner walls are sprayed with thermal insulation, ensuring a cozy home. To protect this experimental house from the elements, the container roof is covered with a galvanized corrugated metal sheet, which cleverly extends out beyond the structure to increase the rainwater catchment area that is ultimately collected in a 1,000-IBC tank. If you’re wondering about what your options are when or if you’d ever want to move, you can take advantage of a service like shipping container movers.

Building Off-Grid House out of 20’ Shipping Container


Built Up Area

229 sq. ft. / 20,8 m²

Total Floor Area

132 sq. ft. / 12,4 m²


69 sq. ft. / 6,4 m²


19′ x 8′ / 6,1 m x 2,4 m

DIY Building cost



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Your Comments

Pat Irwin
7 months 2 days ago

Do you have a designated spot for the battery bank in this plan?

7 months 1 day ago

yes, the location of the batteries is specified in the design

Shane Connell
8 months 28 days ago

Hi Does the plans now include step by step installation of solar, wind and water.

8 months 25 days ago

The plans include wiring diagrams for the solar, wind turbine and other electrical installations in the house.

10 months 19 days ago

Hello! Do the plans have an option for a mini split unit? it gets HOT and HUMID here in South Carolina…

10 months 16 days ago

No, but you can easily incorporate a mini-split unit.

Cesar Omar Torres Felix
1 year 9 months ago

Hi, Do these plans include information on the solar, wind and water install?
Joshua, today include this information?

1 year 9 months ago

Please contact us via
Thank you,
Pin-Up Houses Team

John Gibbs
2 years 3 hours ago

Does the 21k include the solar, wind and water tank?

1 year 11 months ago


2 years 5 days ago

Do these plans include information on the solar, wind and water install?

2 years 4 days ago

Not yet, we will add this info to the plans next week, or contact us via email:, and we can provide you the necessary information.
Thank you for your patience

1 year 11 months ago

I am more interested in solar wind and water install system, so please contact me if you will include it in plans. Or, if I can buy that information separetally.

Kind regards,


1 year 11 months ago

Please contact us via email:
Thank you,