Couple Builds Clever $20k Shipping Container Home. In our latest tiny home tour, we share a cozy modern DIY shipping container home on a dreamy waterfront location in northern Washington state. Matt & Paiton are a young couple with no building experience who decided to put down roots and build a tiny house to save money and invest in their future. Previously, they had a simple school bus conversion. Within a year, they built a 45-foot high cube shipping container home conversion on their developing 5-acre homestead with stunning river views. Impressively, their tiny container home itself cost only $20,000, due to the clever use of free and low-cost salvage and reclaimed materials.