Dreaming of Life in a Container Home Amongst the Treetops

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a shipping container home perched high above the forest canopy, nestled amongst the trees? 

The River Forest Lookout is raised 60 ft (18 m) above the forest floor

All Photos – Nolan Mathews, NEW ATLAS

Embracing Life Above the Trees

Living in a container home elevated above the tree line of a forest offers a unique and captivating lifestyle. The foremost advantage of residing above the tree line is the breathtaking scenery. Imagine waking up to unobstructed panoramic views of the forest canopy, particularly during the magical moments of sunrise and sunset.

Elevation above the trees naturally provides a sense of privacy and seclusion. This is an ideal setting for individuals who relish tranquility and solitude.

Such a lifestyle fosters a deep connection to nature. You can immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of wildlife, experience the changing seasons up close, and enjoy easy access to activities like hiking, birdwatching, and stargazing.

Many container homes are designed with sustainability in mind. By incorporating eco-friendly features such as solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, and efficient insulation, you can minimize your environmental footprint.

Living above the tree line does present its unique set of challenges. Exposure to harsh weather conditions, including strong winds and heavy snowfall, necessitates proper engineering and construction to ensure the safety and stability of your elevated container home.

Elevated container homes often demand more maintenance due to their exposure to the elements. Regular upkeep of both the structure and the surrounding environment is essential to ensure its longevity.

The River Forest Lookout's rooftop terrace includes some seating and a fire pit

Ultimately, the appeal of living in an elevated container home above the tree line hinges on your individual preferences and lifestyle goals. Some individuals find this idyllic, while others may prefer more conventional or urban living arrangements.

If the concept of living in an elevated container home amidst the forest canopy piques your interest, it’s advisable to consult with architects, engineers, and builders experienced in container home construction and forest environments. 

They can help you plan and execute your vision while addressing the unique challenges associated with this distinctive and nature-immersed living arrangement.


Gary Fleisher

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Gary Fleisher

Gary Fleisher, “The Mod Coach”, has been entrenched in the offsite construction industry for most of his life. Having started his career in the lumber industry, Gary spent decades working with manufactured and modular home producers and homebuilders. For the past 15 years his blog and LinkedIn postings have introduced thousands to the benefits of factory-built construction and have served as a forum for industry professionals to share insights and perspectives. Gary lives in Hagerstown, MD with his wife, Peg.

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