New York couple builds Airbnb shipping container home, tiny cabin

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Over the past two years, the popularity of unconventional accommodations (tiny houses, treehouses, shipping container homes, etc.) has skyrocketed …


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…a sign travelers are ditching traditional hotels in favor of non-traditional, Instagram-worthy homes that make lodging a part of their vacation.


Shelby Willley


And now, investors, builders, hospitality companies, and scrap startups across the United States are riding this unique short-term rental boom…


Shelby Willley


Before venturing into the short-term rental industry, the brothers discovered entrepreneurship selling upholstery and face shields on Amazon during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Ethan Abitz


In 2020, using profits from its successful face shield business, Broomfields decided to spend three months building a shipping container-based home now known as the Scenic Orchard.


Emily Bloomfield


Shortly after debuting the home on platforms like Airbnb, the tiny home was inundated with bookings.


Shelby Willley


And within four and a half months, the brothers had their money back on the unit.


Shelby Willley


It was this sudden and surprising rise in popularity that made the team realize they had a solid business model.


Shelby Willley


Gabriel Bloomfield told Insider, “The return on investment for small homes and short-term rentals compared to traditional real estate isn’t the same.


Ethan Abitz


But this time, Bloomfields decided not to build another house out of shipping containers.


Ethan Abitz


He says building a tiny house out of shipping containers would have added an additional $20,000 to the construction cost.


Ethan Abitz


Scenic Orchard starts at $445 per night and Hickory Outlook is $545.


Christopher Funk


However, during peak season, prices can go up to $500 and $570 per night at Scenic Orchard and Hickory Outlook, respectively.


Shelby Willley


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The main living room is an open concept. Small house with kitchen, king bed, desk and sofa all in one room. The bathroom is in a separate room.


Christopher Funk


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