Here at Rhino Cubed, we’re very supportive of the tiny house movement. We believe in living smaller because it allows you to live much larger where it counts! Our ultimate goal is to create beautiful (and pretty badass) tiny homes out of upcycled shipping containers to meet the needs of people who are in the market for something less traditional. Our Cubes are meant to be versatile, and thanks to our handy shipping containers, they will literally last a lifetime. A Cube could be a rental unit and seamlessly transition into a vacation getaway with the help of a tractor-trailer.

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It’s exciting to see that there are so many people out there gravitating to the tiny house movement. Thanks to all this interest, we get a LOT of questions about how and why our Cubes are so different from other tiny home options. We thought it was important to address some of these questions and clarify just what we’re producing here at Rhino Cubed and what we’re not.

Many tiny homes today are built on a chassis with wheels. This is done to get around government housing restrictions, and it adds to the mobility factor. These homes are often very charming, relatively inexpensive, and built by the owners themselves over a period of several years. The advantages are low cost and ease of placement. The disadvantages can be length of life, robustness, and safety. Recently a tiny home was stolen in San Antonio, and although it was found after a few days, it was a devastating experience for the homeowners who had slaved away for two years. Additionally, high winds and heavy snow loads can affect these little structures adversely.

Rhino Cubed has a completely different idea for what a tiny home can be, and it all starts with upcycling a shipping container. Shipping containers offer a number of important benefits. First, they are structurally very sound, lasting for several generations. They are guaranteed to be wind-proof, waterproof, rodent-proof, and fire-resistant. They are low maintenance, and you can have high confidence that the inside of your unit will be protected, no matter where you place it and how often you are there. Ultimately, this means that they are hassle-free.

Secondly, you are upcycling a product that could otherwise become nature’s waste. A full blog post about the lifecycle of a shipping container and where they typically end up is forthcoming.

Thirdly, this unit is easily transportable to address different needs during your lifetime. Begin with it as a backyard unit that you can rent out or use as an office or workshop. After a few years, if you want to retire and move to the mountains, you can put it on a flatbed and move it. However, it’s not on wheels, so nobody else can move it right out from under you!

Finally, we have built these units with the same quality and robustness of a custom home. We will get into the details of this in future blogs.

Now, this takes us to a question we sometimes get: “I’ve seen other tiny homes that only cost $10,000, why are yours so expensive?” Our Cubes definitely cost more than a wheel-driven model built by an owner (although the $10,000 does not account for the cost of their time in building). However, they are comparably priced to tiny homes built by other reputable manufacturers.

We also hear that a used shipping container costs a few thousand dollars, so you might think you can build a shipping container home for next to nothing. At Rhino Cubed, we’re buying the best shipping containers we can find to ensure they have limited damage, lead-free paint, and Corten steel. And, once we begin building, we’re using high quality processes, products, and technique to create the most robust and artistically designed product on the market. This gives you a structure you can be proud of with the confidence it will last for generations. You will have peace of mind that you own something that will enable you to have fun, be creative, and enjoy the great outdoors!

Stay tuned for more blog posts that dive into the different features and benefits our Cubes have to offer!