NY Couple Building Airbnb Shipping Container Home, Tiny Cabins

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Over the last two years, unconventional accommodations — be it tiny homes, treehouses, or shipping container homes — have skyrocketed in popularity …




The Box Hop



… a sign that travelers are passing up on conventional hotels in favor of untraditional Instagram-worthy homes that make the accommodations part of the vacation.

Two people walking up to a tiny home



Shelby Wilray


And now, investors, builders, hospitality companies, and scrappy startups across the US have been cashing in on this unique short-term rental boom …

A tiny home on grass



Shelby Wilray


Before venturing into the short-term rental industry, the siblings found their entrepreneurial start selling home decor on Amazon and face shields at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A tiny home in the snow



Ethan Abitz


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

A gutted shipping container painted black.



Emily Broomfield


Soon after debuting the home on platforms like Airbnb, the tiny home was flooded with bookings.

A tiny home on grass



Shelby Wilray


And within four-and-a-half months, the siblings made their money back on the unit.

A tiny home surrounded by nature



Shelby Wilray


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

The bathroom inside a tiny home



Shelby Wilray


“The return on investment of tiny homes and short-term rentals compared to traditional real estate is not even in the same ballpark,” Gabriel Broomfield told Insider.

A tiny home in the snow



Ethan Abitz


But this time, the Broomfields decided to pass on building another home out of a shipping container.

A person in bed in a tiny home



Ethan Abitz


He says building the tiny home out of a shipping container would’ve added an additional $20,000 onto building costs.

A tiny home in the snow



Ethan Abitz


The Scenic Orchard starts at $445 per night, while the Hickory Outlook will run guests $545.

Inside a tiny home with a bed, windows, Christmas tree.



Christopher Funk


However, during peak seasons, these prices can grow up to $500 and $570 a night for the Scenic Orchard and Hickory Outlook, respectively.

Two robes outside of a tiny home



Shelby Wilray


Source: Scenic Orchard, Scenic Orchard 

The main living room is open concept by nature — it is a tiny home after all — with a kitchen, king bed, desk, and couch all in one room. The bathroom is in a separate room.

Inside a tiny home with a bed, windows, Christmas tree, kitchen. Someone is holding a mug up



Christopher Funk