Container Housing in Kenya. Cost comparison.

Container Housing in Kenya. Cost comparison.

Current modest no frills low cost bungalow costs in Kenya are at kes 20,000 per m2 for a habitable complete unit.

Cost of a 20 ft container is as below.
20 ft container = kes 200,000

Transport to site=kes 50,000

Windows =kes 40,000
Doors =kes 20,000

Paint =kes 20,000
Toilet partition and plumbing fixtures=kes 30,000
Simple basic wiring =kes 15,000

Foundation=kes 5,000

Total=kes 380,000

A 20 ft container is 2.4m by 6m =14.4m2.

This translates to kes 26,000 per m2.

This cost is higher than the cost of construction using stone and can be compared to constructing a normal stone house with more superior material quality.

The container itself costs kes 14,000 per m2. This is the cost without transport, windows, doors and paint. Container transport needs specialised cranes to lift to the lorry and to lift out to place on the ground, hence costly.
Containers are also uninhabitable without windows and doors.



This kes 26,000 per m2 container house does not include cost of roof, ceiling and wall padding for insulation. This means it will be too hot during the day and too cold at night compared to the normal house built with stone which is a good insulator.

Risk of health hazard.
Some containers could have been used to transport hazardous chemicals hence being written off by the shipping lines. This can pose a health risk if human beings were to use this as habitable space.

Simple design.

Containers are box shaped and rigid in tems of shape compared to a stone house which can easily be shaped into stylish looks.


For people who need to keep moving house or office location e.g road contractors and NGOs working in the North Eastern province, container housing is convenient since its easily transportable.

Francis Gichuhi Kamau, Architect.

Francis Gichuhi (692 Posts)

Architect Francis Gichuhi . B.Arch. University of Nairobi. Registered Architect, Kenya. Member, Architectural Association of Kenya. Contacts. email Telephone +254721410684


  63 comments for “Container Housing in Kenya. Cost comparison.

  1. Esther
    January 3, 2015 at 7:57 pm


    I would like a quotation for a container house in Voi.

    Also give me other quotations for interlocking block house.

    Thank you

    • Irene Gathii
      August 9, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Hi, kindly quote for me a two bedroom. Do they have toilet and bathroom. Muranga.

      • Mike
        September 23, 2016 at 10:12 am

        Irene email details We deal with construction of offices homes etc with containers

  2. Anthony M. Karuga
    May 7, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Thanks for enlightening Kenyans on cheaper ways of putting up houses. Am interested in getting a bedroom fully furnished 20 foot container house. Please give me details of costs and transport to Nakuru town.
    Anthony Karuga .

  3. Sammy
    May 13, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Thanks for the information, I want a 20 foot container house which will be transported to Ongata Rongai. please give me quotation.


  4. Ben
    August 28, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I would like a quotation for a three bedroom container house -location Syokimau

  5. Geoffrey Keroti
    September 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I would like a quotation for a 20 foot container house transported to kisii.

    • mike
      September 23, 2016 at 10:13 am

      share your email we give you a quote

      • Dermas
        November 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm


  6. Peterson
    September 11, 2015 at 6:41 am

    I saw storey classrooms in Kitengera.I d wish to know the cost and further place an order in Nakuru.

    • mike
      September 23, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Hi Peterson kindly share your email we deal with container construction for houses schools hospitals ect

      • millie
        July 2, 2017 at 7:26 am

        I need a quote for 2bedroom, three bedroom and 38 single one unit houses.

  7. January 22, 2016 at 6:04 pm


    I would like to refurbish a 40ft container into school toilets in Buruburu Phase 1.

    Can someone kindly take up contact with me directly as early as will be convenient, including tomorrow, Saturday, January 23, 2016?

    Kind regards,


    • mike
      September 23, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Hello Peter Did you get help with what you needed We specialize with construction of toilets classrooms hospitals houses using containers kindly share your details and we will have a visit.

      • Shadrack
        January 10, 2017 at 6:42 am

        Send me images of finished works on containers and quotation on the same

      • Shiro
        June 21, 2017 at 11:33 am

        Hi Mike

        Do you have any pictures of the containers you’ve transformed into toilets or at least a website where one can visit?


  8. MAINA
    April 6, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    How can i contact you for a quote?

    • April 8, 2016 at 10:41 am

      email call 0721410684.

      • Rosemary Nyawira
        May 24, 2016 at 10:10 pm

        I would like a quote for 3 bedroom in Sweetwater area of Nanyuki ,probably
        before December .

        • Ahmer
          February 11, 2017 at 3:28 pm

          Hi I am based in nanyuki I can do that for you kindly let me know if still interested

  9. Alex
    May 14, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Want three bedroom container house in juja 10km frm town plse you can send me quatation of the same for followup.

  10. May 14, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    kindly give me a quotation for a 3 bedroom house.

  11. June 13, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    3 bedroom house Please send me a quote.

  12. Okongo marwanga
    July 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Hi tanx for information, give quotation for 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom with all amenities at kbc kangundo road

  13. tonnie
    July 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Kindly give me a quotation for a 2 bedroomed house plus kitchen sitting room bathroom toilet and a single room with a toilet n bathroom.that’s ground floor and the same on 1st floor using 4 40ft containers.

  14. August 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Hi am intrested after watching you guys today on ktn news h
    How much will it cost for a 3 bedroomed house to be put
    In Eldama ravine thanks maureen

  15. charles
    August 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I need 20 FT container simple 2 bdrm house in ksm,kindly give quotation for interlocking blocks too

  16. Zeddy
    August 24, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Hi kindly send me a quote of a 4 roomed house 3 being en suite and an extra bathroom and toilet plus kitchen. In syokimau then kindly send me photos of what you have done so far.

  17. Wanjiru Muriithi
    August 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Please send me a quotation for a container 3 bedroom house, frills and all included.

  18. Jeff Oyier
    August 30, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I would like a quotation for a 3 bedroomed house with kitchen, bathrooms and toilets. Can I have you address for a site visit.

  19. Fred M.Mathiu
    September 20, 2016 at 4:35 am

    I have found info very informative.Can you kindly give the costing of a Two and Three bedroom container structured house.



  20. betty Anyango
    October 14, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Please give me quotation for a three bedroomed bungalow. Large sitting area separate from the dining atea fitted kitchen n pantry. Master bedroom ensuite with wide windows
    Highceling using modern tiles
    Tiled flooring in the sitting/dining area. Different tiles for the rest of the rooms. Wooden fitted wardrobes

  21. Teresia
    October 27, 2016 at 8:05 am

    very beautiful houses. I would like to know the cost of 2bedroom house of container completed with all fixtures like toilets, kitchen please.

  22. Kevin
    November 3, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Send me a quote and photos of a full furnished 2 bedroom house and another one with fixtures only.

  23. Mariah
    November 6, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Hi please give me a quotation of a 2 bedroom house and 3 bedroom house with all the amenities (properbly a toilet and bathroom plus a fair kitchen) to be situated in the outskirts of nakuru.

  24. Ada
    November 7, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Hi please give me a quotation of a 2 bedroom house with all the amenities (a toilet and bathroom plus a fair kitchen) to be situated in the outskirts of Kisumu (Nyahera)

  25. John Memba
    November 7, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Where are your offices located so I could come for a discussion

  26. jacob otieno
    November 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    pls give me a quotation of a3bedroom House with all the amenities ( probably, toilet and a bathroom plus a fair kitchen to be situated in the outskirts of kisumu

  27. Job
    November 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I would like to know the quotation of a 3 bedroom house

    November 23, 2016 at 4:35 am



  29. domnick wambaki
    December 8, 2016 at 9:31 am

    hey can i get a quote for a two bedroom house in ruiru

  30. immaculate
    December 13, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    a quotation for three bedroom house in meru asap.

  31. Francis
    January 1, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Hi am intrested for 3bedroom container house,kindly share the cost estimate

  32. irene
    January 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Good Evening,
    Thanks for creating space for us to connect with you.
    I would like a four roomed 40ft container house.
    insulated to fit all weather & should be habitable.
    the container will also be transported to Nyahururu ready for use or done there?
    Please let me know urgently how much this will cost me.

  33. Mary
    January 18, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I need an appointment. Already got classes from contaiers and need to expand, Your location please?

  34. Malua
    January 31, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Hi would like cost estimate for s two bedroom house on kangundo road.

  35. millicent mmayi
    February 23, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Good .Please give me quotation for a two bedroom house. cost of container and other requirements

  36. March 5, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Having read this I believed it was rather enlightening. I appreciate you
    taking the time and effort to put this content together.
    I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time both
    reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

  37. Nyambura
    March 18, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Please give me a quote for a two roomed container house near Ol Kalou in Nyandarua

  38. Esther
    April 20, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Mr Francis
    kindly send me a quotation for a 3 bedroomed container house, wall padded and with all amenities , single bathroom n toilet combined plus transportation cost to Makueni .

  39. vincent Bosire
    May 10, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Kindly sent quotation for 3 bedroom container, all with bathroom and toilet transport cost to ATHI-RIVER.

  40. Anne
    June 3, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Hey, how secure are these houses. Are they easier to get broken into compared to the stone houses?

  41. Judy
    June 7, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Please send me a qoutation for 3 bed room container house with 2 baths and 2 toilets, in Kikuyu.

  42. Lucy
    June 10, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I need a quotation of 40ft…exclude the toilet and kitchen only bedrooms and sitting area…n dinning area…Nyahururu

  43. Phoebe Margaret
    June 30, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Thanks for the info. Can a 20 foot container fit a one bedroom house, sitting room with a small kitchenette including shower/toilet? How much would it cost to make it comfortable and habitable? I mean insulating the walls against the weather? The location is in Ruai. How long does it take?

    Phoebe Margaret

  44. Stella m paul
    August 5, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Hi…may i get a quatation of 4 bedrooms an a masterbedroom ensuit dining garage ,a bathroom an a toilet… a many containers can suit this?Transport to kitengela .How long does it take to construct this?.

  45. Edith kinya
    September 14, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Kindly advise on container size for a tailor work shop,with a reception,fitting room and space for 4 machine and cutting table.I would like the container to have Windows and doors as well.your advice on cost will also be appreciated.


  46. Daniel
    October 21, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I would like a quotation for a 20 foot container house transported to mombasa

  47. shadrack kimani
    October 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Good day

    kindly send me a cost estimate for a three bedroom container house fitted complete.

  48. Peninah Njuguna
    November 1, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Kindly send me the estimate of three 20ft contaier made into stalls with toilets,wired for electricity.

  49. Peninah Njuguna
    November 1, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Kindly send me the estimate of three 20ft contaier made into stalls with toilets,wired for electricity.

  50. Annie
    November 2, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Hi. Please send a quotation for a two bedroomed container house.

  51. Adolf
    November 14, 2017 at 7:51 am

    We are container sellers based in Mombasa.Though we dont make homes.20ft Ksh 40ft .We deliver countrywide.

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