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Shipping Container Was Turned Into a Modern Beach Side Home

Shipping Container Buildings November 3, 2016

Shipping Container Was Turned Into a Modern Beach Side Home

 

Who would ever think that a shipping container could be transformed into an ultra-modern and attractive beach home? Yes indeed, a 320-square foot shipping container can be transformed into a decent beach house with all the nice details and quality materials. Complete with original mahogany floors, spacious bathroom, porch, glass doors and windows, and just around two blocks away from the beach, this beach-side home is a perfect getaway for families who want to relax and escape the city life.

Located in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, these two shipping containers-turned-beach house had been constructed with a mix of high and low end finishes to come up with a modern house that is perfect for people who want to live closer to the ocean. It may be smaller compared to other beach houses but because of the classy and attractive details and cozy interior, it is just as comfortable and relaxing as any conventional home. Needless to say, it is much like living in a real house – only it is eco-friendly, innovative and practical.

 

For more of Jennifer & Abbie’s work, or to find other metal building companies, find them in our directory of metal construction companies.

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This is a Shipping Container Housing Plan in Action … Inexpensive and on Water

Shipping Container Buildings November 3, 2016

This is a Shipping Container Housing Plan in Action ... Inexpensive and on Water

It is essential for students to live comfortably but at a lower cost. Along Copenhagen Harbour, shipping containers are transformed into low-cost housing for this particular concern among students. They are stacked on a floating platform in order to come up with functional and modern student residences.

The plan for this shipping container houseboat consists of nine shipping containers that are stacked and arranged on a floating base. From here, 15 studio-type residences are created on two levels. The blocks are made to angle with their ends overlapping to create a shared garden right in the center of the mobile platforms. This structure is also meant to provide protection to the housing from rising sea levels.

The flat roofs of three containers which form the upper floor are transformed into functional areas like a terrace, solar panel hosts and a grassed roof.

The project was designed by Bjarke Ingel’s firm and is called Urban Rigger. The main idea was to provide affordable and budget-friendly accommodation for the students right in the heart of Copenhagen docked in the harbour.

For more of Bjarke Ingels Group’s work, find them in our shipping container homes directory.

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A Shipping Container Castle … DIY Too!

Shipping Container Buildings November 3, 2016

A Shipping Container Castle ... DIY Too!

A unique shipping container castle … with a stair-tower to rooftop patio! It’s unusual in every way, and it was built on a budget. This amazing shipping container home was sent in by one of the members of the Cool Stuff Interesting Stuff News page, Ronda Rowan. Here’s her guest post:

“My husband and myself built this home out of three 40′ shipping containers. We had a 30k cash budget to build with.

“Our county allowed us to build with an owner/builder opt-out no inspections permit. We followed all fire, safety codes and had prior land inspections. We started with a building list for supplies and a tight budget. Welding, cutting, grinding took 6 months, many hours of hard work.

“As my husband welded, I would draw up my ideas of what I wanted constructed. Our home is very unusual in every way. We insulated the containers underneath with 2″ closed cell sprayfoam, ceilings interior 5″ open cell sprayfoam insulation, exterior 5” closed cell sprayfoam insulation, then painted to preserve insulation.

“We live in Arizona desert where temperatures reach 115 summer, 10 at night in winter so we didn’t want the metal containers to transfer the heat or cold. Keeping our cooling/heating costs minimal, it works excellent.

“Our stair-tower was an old water tank we reused and welded stairs inside to access the rooftop patio. To make it look different added top to appear to be a castle.

“We have been given many unique pieces of metal objects to add to our home turning them into pieces of art. They each have a special meaning to us. We owe no debt, no mortgage, and build our home with our own hands. We are very proud to become the first shipping container home allowed to build in our county in southern Arizona. We are the ambassadors of future builders in our area.”

Wow. Thanks Ronda!

Photos by Ronda Rowan. For more shipping container buildings, click here.

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Here Are 7 Modern Shipping Container Homes

Shipping Container Buildings November 3, 2016

7 Modern Shipping Container Homes

Check out these shipping container house … I mean check out the range of things you can do within the simple format of container homes!

These ones are all modern-looking designs (even if some are more of a “traditional modern” given the use and prominence of wood in their appearance).

What does it take to build a shipping container house?

Building a container house may seem simple. Just connect two, three or however many used containers in a house. The final cost of the container house includes more than just a couple shipping containers, though, because naturally you need to arrange the containers and building site, and outfit the building for living.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from shipping container building companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more shipping container buildings,click here.

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5 Beautiful Houses Made from Shipping Containers

Shipping Container Buildings November 3, 2016

5 Beautiful Houses Made from Shipping Containers

With a little imagination and hard work, some talented architects managed to transform seemingly boring container bins into beautiful homes for all tastes. There are solutions for large families, couples young and old, and even for guests.

There are also many notable advantages in constructing houses with containers. They tend to be cheaper than conventional construction methods / materials and are sustainable. Something that would be discarded finds a new purpose as building materials. So let’s take a look at 15 houses built with containers that are beyond inspiring. Maybe you’ll make a shipping container yourself, and maybe you’ll use some of the ideas here in your design:

1. Beach House made with containers – At first glance, it might seem you couldn’t turn old containers into something fancy and upscale to compete with the most sophisticated beach houses. The Beach Box, a luxurious home made from recycled containers, proves that things are not so. Architect:Andrew Anderson.

2. Crossbox House, a sustainable home – This is a prefabricated house, designed by the French office Clément Gillet Architectes. The house has four modules that fit together to create a property of 112 square meters. The main idea of the project is to save time work and thus save the environment. Photos:Javier Callejas

3. Two-story house made with eight containers – This impressive house with about 210 square meters was built with eight containers. The house tries to mimic a traditional house with an interior furnished with contemporary decor. Some containers were cut because the architect did not want each module to become a separate environment. Architect:Patrick Partouche.

4. House of containers for the whole family – Four containers were needed to raise this house, designed and built by Katie Nichols and John Walter with the help of architect Christopher Robertson. Located in Houston, Texas, it is a project that might inspire family’s looking to build a shipping container house.

5. Containers of Hope, a home built with $40,000 – The couple Gabriela Calvo and Marco Peralta dreamed of living 20 minutes from the city, a little away from the bustle, but close enough to enjoy all the benefits of downtown San José, Costa Rica. A container house has some flexibility in the choice of land, which helped the couple to obtain the life they had dreamed of and, most importantly, affordable. Architect:Benjamin Garcia Saxe. Photo:Andres Garcia Lachner

For more information on any of these prefab house and modular home designers, find them in our directory.

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A House is Built Out Of 3 Shipping Containers… The result is amazing!

Shipping Container Buildings November 2, 2016

Sustainability is a concept that we are seeing regularly in new architecture. It is not a gimmick or ploy to get buyers to spend more money. It is a project to create healthy living environments for years to come. Arcgency is one of the companies that is striving for sustainability. This Danish company looks to reuse and recycle materials to create less wasteful architecture that will last longer. Their mission can be seen through the work on the WFH House.

The WFH House is made from three old shipping containers. Simply put, one container placed on top of another while the third is placed parallel to the bottom container. Large holes were cut out of the containers to create space for windows and doors, and construction of a new floor and ceiling were used to join them all together. The end product resulted in a uniquely shaped home with a cool interior that meets the needs of sustainable living. What does this mean? In short it means that this home has a interior climate with low energy consumption. It is built so that you may take it apart and relocate, or reuse the materials for something else….again! Plus, the roof is built to optimize rainwater harvesting which could be used to flush your toilets or wash your dishes. Remember, less waste!

Now, let’s look at the design. The design on the home is inspired by Nordic values. These are defined as flexibility, playfulness, a minimalistic look, and an access to nature among other things. They are easily seen throughout the home. The exterior of the home embodies the playfulness with its quirky shape. A square frame complimented by a dramatically angled roof. The square and rectangular shaped windows bring in plenty of natural light and are minimalistic in nature. The front and back entrances to the home are very large with glass doors that peel back to allow residents the access to nature that is prioritized in Nordic values. Entering in the home, you will find a high ceiling with large sun roofs flooding the open floor plan. The walls are  kept white with white or black furniture, and accents of blonde wood. This keeps the miminalistic look going inside of the home. Color is brought into the interior through pieces of abstract art or large patterned carpets which all keep a very playful look. Upstairs you will come upon a balcony that looks over the floor plan below and has access to the bedrooms and home office.

The rooms upstairs have large exterior and interior windows which allows for natural night to move through the home.  Overall this sustainable home is made even better by its fresh and modern design!

For more information on Arcgency or the WFH House find them in our shipping container homes directory

By Alison LaPaglia

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Shipping Container Home Layout

Shipping Container Buildings November 2, 2016

Homes can be made from a variety of materials. They can be small or large, and can even be placed on water! So why do we still build traditional housing? The simple answer is, there is still a demand for this market. Though, I wonder if some home owners are not aware of other housing options.  Unique spaces that could provide healthy, sustainable living without a high cost. Luckily for you, this blog will help keep you informed. Today’s housing market is not just for the suburban “cookie cutter” houses, or modern city lofts. We can find housing in all forms. Here, we will highlight the shipping container home.

That’s right, shipping container!  You may have seen this on HGTV , or maybe this is new. Either way, do not be scared off by this out of the box concept. Tim Steele Structures took three old shipping containers and turned them into a large home. Although this is a site specific build, meaning they utilized the land provided to situate the home, we can still look at the interior from a stylistic stand point. Initially, when hearing “shipping container home”, you may picture a dark, cold, industrial space; however, this manifests very differently. Two containers are placed parallel to each other to create the first floor of the home. During the build they are connected through the construction of a roof and floor. The third container is used to create the level below. The removal of large sections from the exterior walls allows for windows. This means that the shipping containers that were once dark are now filled with natural light. Inside the containers interior walls were removed and adjusted to create generous passage ways through the home. An open floor plan is used to provide a large space that can be manipulated by design. This floor plan gives the resident freedom to place their furniture and other items where they see fit.

The exterior walls, with the exception of the newly built windows, are left in the original container structure. This particular home was left with an orange color. If this were a problem to a different home owner, new paint would make it an easy fix! The best part of using a basic structure, such as a shipping container, for a home is that it allows for a variety of designs. There is no specific style that works best with this interior which means there is a lot you could do. You could create a contemporary space using glass table tops, ghost chairs, clean lines, modern furniture, and accenting with a geometric pattern or a bright color. For a more rustic space, paint the walls, distress the furniture, and accent with textured pieces (knit blankets, wooden decor ect.). An industrial space would compliment the original usage and be easily achieved with dramatic drapes, tufted furniture, and steal accents. Of course, it would also be fun to combine complimentary styles too!

The point is that a shipping container home is not only a environmentally friendly build (recycling materials), but it is also a great opportunity for you to get exactly what you want in your home! With the market being as expensive as it is, why should anyone settle for anything less?

For more of Tim Steele’s work, find them in our shipping container homes direcWFH shipping container house by Esbentory.

By Alison LaPaglia

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Shipping Container Castle … DIY Too!

Shipping Container Buildings October 26, 2016

Shipping Container Castle ... DIY Too!

A unique shipping container castle … with a stair-tower to rooftop patio! It’s unusual in every way, and it was built on a budget. This amazing shipping container home was sent in by one of the members of the Cool Stuff Interesting Stuff News page, Ronda Rowan. Here’s her guest post:

“My husband and myself built this home out of three 40′ shipping containers. We had a 30k cash budget to build with.

“Our county allowed us to build with an owner/builder opt-out no inspections permit. We followed all fire, safety codes and had prior land inspections. We started with a building list for supplies and a tight budget. Welding, cutting, grinding took 6 months, many hours of hard work.

“As my husband welded, I would draw up my ideas of what I wanted constructed. Our home is very unusual in every way. We insulated the containers underneath with 2″ closed cell sprayfoam, ceilings interior 5″ open cell sprayfoam insulation, exterior 5” closed cell sprayfoam insulation, then painted to preserve insulation.

“We live in Arizona desert where temperatures reach 115 summer, 10 at night in winter so we didn’t want the metal containers to transfer the heat or cold. Keeping our cooling/heating costs minimal, it works excellent.

“Our stair-tower was an old water tank we reused and welded stairs inside to access the rooftop patio. To make it look different added top to appear to be a castle.

“We have been given many unique pieces of metal objects to add to our home turning them into pieces of art. They each have a special meaning to us. We owe no debt, no mortgage, and build our home with our own hands. We are very proud to become the first shipping container home allowed to build in our county in southern Arizona. We are the ambassadors of future builders in our area.”

Wow. Thanks Ronda!

Photos by Ronda Rowan. For more shipping container buildings, click here.

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This Expanding Shipping Container Home that Transports on a Flatbed

Shipping Container Buildings October 6, 2016

This Expanding Shipping Container Home that Transports on a Flatbed

The idea that shipping containers can be used as the main building material for house builders is still gaining in popularity. Shipping container buildings are used for a wide variety of purposes, spanning the range between modular homes, prefab truck to a site and crane down on some supports homes, tiny homes, temporary shelters, emergency dwellings, and then all the way up into larger buildings, like apartment complexes and mansions, which each take a number of shipping containers put together to make. Oh, and houseboats as well sometimes use these, despite the weight. From the wide and continued use of shipping containers, what I gather is that people are finding benefits in them, and it doesn’t seem to be just a fad. The main benefits I see are the cost when people buy these as used shipping containers and the durability and strength.

Recently I came across this interesting company that is compiling lots of shipping container house designs into a pdf downloadable book, called, you might have guessed it, “Container Home.”

This is one of the shipping container houses they chronicled. It’s one that was built by some people in Mexico. It’s shown in the pictures on a flatbed being moved around in one piece. It’s also a construction that expands. It’s called “Studio Movil” (Spanish) and it was deigned and built by Architect Tapatío Taufic Gashaan in collaboration with Karen Collignon.

“Built from 1 x Type 1A 40′ HC Container thanks to motors in its structure it can be enlarged in such a way that it comprises the space of 3 containers aligned parallel to each other.

“The Project features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, kitchen and dining room.”

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from “Shipping Container Homes” and other companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more shipping container buildings,click here.

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Exquisite Open-plan Kitchen of Container Home

Shipping Container Buildings October 6, 2016

Exquisite Open-plan Kitchen of Container Home

Open plan kitchens are all the rage these days. The space looks more modern and luxurious, and open plan kitchens can make a small house seem more roomy and spacious. An open plan kitchen offers the home buyer many perks, especially if they like to entertain. You don’t have to feel so far away from your guests while preparing food and drinks. Open plans give you the space you need to feel connected to the rest of the home, not like when years ago, we were either closed in one room or another.

More people are choosing modular homes because of the diversity of the floor plans and the way they can be  customized to your liking and your family’s needs. You don’t have to do without any amenities in modular homes today. If you ask for what you are seeking, most of the time they can make it happen and what a wonderful way to choose and buy a home.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Minimalist Homes and other shipping container building companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more shipping container buildings,click here.

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