This Container House Has a Viewing Deck and a Swimming Pool

The small space also has a viewing deck where the owners can enjoy the view of the mountains

Photography: courtesy of Diane Dionco

There’s no denying the versatility of small spaces as seen in the homes we’ve featured lately. Aside from the well-utilized condo homes and compact houses, container homes are becoming a favorite among homeowners, too. Diane and her husband, Alden, decided to build their version of a container house. Since Alden already worked on a couple container house projects in the past, they knew what to prioritize.

“We decided to use container vans since it allows for faster construction and it can be moved from one location to another. We might need to move the container home in the future to give way to a bigger building plan in the property,” shares Diane.


Located in Binangonan, Rizal, the house stands on a 205sqm lot, a piece of land the couple acquired through an agent. In making their tiny house dreams a reality, the couple took inspiration from the lake in the area and the calming views the property offers. “We thought it would be nice to build a small home as fast as we could with limited footprint. It’s a home where we could spend more time outdoors just enjoying the ambiance and cooler weather. We then worked on the design, fulfilled the requirements and then started the construction,” Alden explains.

READ: This Family Rediscovered Simple Living Beyond the City in This Container-Inspired Home

In just four months, the couple’s dream became a reality with the help of skilled laborers. When they are not staying in the container house, they also rent it out to guests who are looking for a relaxing quick vacation.

watch now

Take a tour of the tiny home below:

According to the couple, the home features a total of 60sqm floor area. “It’s modern, minimalist, and has simple styling. The colors used work well with the beautiful natural landscape of the place as well,” they share.


Every inch of space is maximized, making sure the small house looks and feels like a rest house – with nooks meant for quiet time, reading, or even meals.

The house is elevated by four columns, allowing the owners to double the floor area of the container van. On the ground floor is an open living area, a bathroom, and a kitchen. It’s roomy enough to accommodate meal preparation.


Meanwhile, the second level, which makes use of the container van, has a bedroom, another bathroom, a kitchen, and a living area. The sleeping space is cozy and completed with a wall-mounted TV.


Diane and Alden made sure that each area of the house is finished with quality fixtures. In the bathroom, sleek tiles spruce up the walls and flooring, while black fixtures keep within the modern look.

The house promotes communing with nature as seen in the outdoor nooks it has. “Our favorite feature of the property is dedicated to outdoor living spaces like the balcony, the roof deck, the swimming pool, and the garden,” says Diane.


Aside from having seating pieces where the owners and guests can chat, there’s also an al fresco dining area where meals can be shared.

READ: Are You Ready to Build a Container Van Home?


It’s not every day that you stumble upon a tiny house with an upper deck and a swimming pool. “We built a balcony to double the second level living space then we took advantage of the sloping landscape to build an infinity pool rather than filling the riprap with soil,” says Alden. (Ed’s note: According to, a riprap is a permanent layer of large stone or boulders that help stabilize and protect the soil surface against)


The container roof functions as a viewing deck where a breathtaking view of the lake and mountains can be enjoyed.

Diane and Alden also have a hammock in the property where they can read a book or savor a short nap. It’s also a good spot for enjoying the glorious sunset.


Planning a quick vacation? You can get in touch with Diane and Alden through their Facebook page, Camper at 57th Street.

More on


Latest Stories

Common Misconceptions About Minimalism, According to an Interior Designer

A minimalist home can most definitely still have splashes of color, and as long as it's done with restraint, those well-placed hues can actually be the highlight of your home.

Did You Know That Yassi Pressman Has A Lakehouse Airbnb in Canada?

Get a tour of Redkey Lakehouse in Ontario.

Ward Off Mosquitoes: Products to Buy During the Rainy Season

Because we want our homes to be safe havens.

Minimalist Furniture 101: How to Pick the Right Pieces for Your Home

Create a space that exudes simplicity and sophistication by choosing the right minimalist furniture for your home.

We Tested Different Mattresses, Here Are Our Top 5 Picks

Our writer tested (and lay down on) the beds in these mattress showrooms to see what feels good and which ones would fit within your budget

20 Common Construction Terms, Decoded

Don't get lost in translation with your foreman and avoid mistakes with this handy, on-site guide by a project manager

Here Are 7 Hotel-Like Bedsheets You Can Buy Online

Invest in your sleep and add these to your cart.

This Airbnb in Zambales Seamlessly Blends Modern Design & Probinsya Feels

This property can comfortably fit up to 40 people!

Check Out Jennylyn Mercado & Dennis Trillo’s Charming Mountain Hideaway

It has a greenhouse, several viewing decks, and much more.

MUJI’s New Airbnb is the Perfect Place to Experience A Slower, More Sustainable Lifestyle

Its design marries the traditional Japanese aesthetic with MUJI's trademark minimalism.

8 Practical Ways to Give Your Bathroom a Relaxing Vibe

Learn how to transform your bathroom into a peaceful retreat with these practical tips and tricks. Create a spa-like atmosphere and enhance your relaxation experience.

Everything You Need to Know About Minimalist Asian Aesthetic

It's worth the budol, if you think about it.
Load More Stories