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Bay Area startup hopes to solve housing crisis by turning shipping containers into homes

Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News on

Published in Home and Consumer News


Oakland-based Boxouse sells tiny homes made of shipping containers for about $8,000 to $50,000. Here's a breakdown of what such a home might cost to build:

Shipping container: $2,000

Wood frame: $250

Insulation: $500

Window and door: $500


Wiring and lights: $200

Plywood interior walls: $250

Plumbing: $250

Water heater: $150


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