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A 15sqm Container Van Home

See how interior designer John Vigilia converted a shipping container into a habitable space

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Photography: Zernan Mataya

Living in a container van is no longer difficult to imagine nowadays. A quick search will churn out numerous results – from industrial-style bungalows to modern, multi-storey homes. In the Philippines, some developers have already started converting unused container vans into houses, offices, and even a transient dormitory.

Interior designer John Vigilia recently designed a container van home for a grandfather in Tacloban, Leyte. “All of his material possessions were lost in the onslaught of typhoon Haiyan in 2013. He would also be living alone as he lost his wife in the same catastrophe. Despite all these, he still chose to spend the rest of his days in Tacloban where he has been based most of life,” John shares.

If you are currently working on your own small home, there’s a lot that you can pick up from container van homes in terms of design, styling, and storage. Let the tips below inspire you:

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