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The shipping container house that was built in three days

Shipping Container Buildings January 11, 2016

The shipping container house that was built in three days

This particular shipping container home has a place in history as being the first one completed in Ireland in just three days. It was built over a weekend, then put on display at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and was afterwards to be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

The plans for this house now are to move to Deerpark in Co Cork to house a family in time for Christmas.

Labor and materials were donated by a lot of people — as many as 60 construction-related suppliers pitched in.

The shipping container home is based on a  a 40 foot long, 10 foot wide bin.

Speaking about the project, Carol Tallon, who worked with Derek Trenaman, both of Ceardean Architects said:

“A low cost model of housing was inevitable after the property market crash, and this container project shows that there are new housing solutions available to accommodate different lifestyle choices for Irish people.”

Some people were wondering about the insulation factor for one of these shipping container homes.  According to a fellow named Pól Mag Shamhrain, “I did a couple of design projects in college using containers. If you wrap the outside of the container all around with insulation or on the inside, then it takes out the thermal bridging which would make it cold or warm. It also stops all that dripping that might go on in winter.

“In this case it was put to the outside which is nice. I’d love to spend a day or two living in it!!”

Shamhrain also commented about the time frame of this project though: :If an architect and others in the design team were doing a large scale housing project it could take a year or two just to design,plan and construct the end product. A lot more work went into this small project that 3 days I would imagine. Multiply it by 20, 30 or 40 times and the complexity and time taken to design and adhere to regulations goes up significantly. Say you started a commission for a large scale project tomorrow the availability of these containers as raw material might be more expensive, especially if demand for them spikes in the construction industry like it currently has been and if there was a spike in consumer demand also. To think that the cost of these things will stay flat like you seem to believe is disingenuous to say the least.:

These homes are also being put forward as a solution to houseing: Scipio Africanus: “It looks clean modern and comfortable. If the govenment was serious about tackling the housing problem it would be promoting innovative ideas like this rather then parceling of land to American property developers, who will build private housing for Chinese business men to speculate on.”

Economicopoly agreed: “Absolutely. The “housing crisis” in Ireland has very obvious solutions none of which accord with the interest of global finance so instead our elected govt treat land in Ireland in such a way as is best accorded with international investors return prospects. Of course its not just govt but armies of Irish “professionals” lining up to do their bidding as well. Decent modern train service so that you can be in Dublin City Centre within 40 mins from Navan, Mullingar, Naas etc and a person on the average family can buy an affordable decently sized family home and still be within a manageable commute to the city centre. Instead its endless academic argument over green field site locations and density ratios to mask the real politik of orchestrating our land to deliver the maximum return for financial investors. They shite on about problems with commercial space in Dublin , one 40 storey building would put an end to that in one project, its all about restricting supply to drive asset yields up for the establishment in Ireland FG has always traditionally served best.”

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Elegant Georgian Style Yet Simple Town House

Houses January 11, 2016

Elegant Georgian Style Yet Simple Town House

Taking a pause from prefabs and modular home building styles for a minute here, we found this simple classic styled town house.

“Designed by Stephen Fuller, Inc., of Atlanta, the home combines a classic, good-looking exterior with spacious, livable interiors. Called “Brook Hollow”, this traditional house features deep porches remind us of the Georgian styling. People who love an elegant yet simple lifestyle will surely love this design.

“Of course we encourage people who choose this house for their home to use a high quality steel frame instead of timber frame.

Stats:
3,951 sq. ft. (additional 754 sq. ft. – garage)
4 (6 possible) bedrooms
4 baths

Dimensions 82 ‘ W x 69 ‘ ” D x 34′ H.

Find more from Stephen Fuller, Inc., 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 houses, click here.

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Spacious Metal Homes with Awesome Wooden Interior (Interior photos)

Metal Buildings January 11, 2016

Spacious Metal Homes with Awesome Wooden Interior (Interior photos)

A metal house that can handle the elements, no matter what kind. That must be what this one is prepared for if its built on the Northwest Coast, where there is plenty of alternating rain, sun and snow.

This one is the work of Jeff Hill, a metal building that is clad throughout the interior in wood. It has plenty of glazing as well to take in a lot of light.

Stats:

2800 sq feet
4 bedrooms
3.5 bathrooms
2 floors.

Find more from Jeff Hill Contracting Inc., and the metal and steel design and build 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 metal homes, click here.

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Metal Building Home with a Porch, Garage and Barn (Interior photos)

Metal Buildings January 11, 2016

Metal Building Home w Porch, Garage & Barn

Metal building homes might have surprised you with the variety and style they’re being built in nowadays, and this one is probably no exception. I’ve seen quite a few metal homes now, even farm homes using metal construction for the roof, garage or barn, or the whole thing, but this one here has a feature that might have caught your eye as much as it did mine: that long sun room along the length of the building.

With a high quality metal frame, load-bearing can be handled and you can use a lot of non-supportive walls and glass. Did you see the photos of the interior of the sun room? The interior of the house is also nice, with a simple homey style.

They also used some stonework which adds to the style in addition to being the insulation for the wood burning fireplace.

Dimensions: 

36’W x 12’H x 46’L

Find more from Morton steel buildings, and the metal and steel design and build 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 metal homes, click here.

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Beautiful Farmhouse for Mid-Size Family with Porch (with Plans)

Farmhouse January 11, 2016

Beautiful Farmhouse for Mid-Size Family with Porch (with Plans)

This is the gallery for this Sala Architect house we featured earlier. Enjoy the photos!

“The Holly Ridge Farmhouse looks like it belongs right where it is – peaceful and natural. It is picturesque and practical, calming and invigorating. Tailored to the farm site, the home takes advantage of great vistas. It is the perfect home for a small family, empty nesters, or as the meeting space for large groups of family and friends. Built to a higher standard – healthy, durable, and sensitive to the local and global eco system – the home has earned the Wisconsin Green Built Home certification.”

Features:

Kitchen Design by Marc Sloot and David Heide Design
Construction by Cates Fine Homes
Photographs by Troy Thies

Stats:

3060 sq. feet (1080 sq. ft. basement)
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
2 floors
open porch
screen porch.

This house was designed by Marc Sloot.

Find more from Sala Architect,and other farmhouse builders 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 farmhouse, click here.

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Sweet Full-Package Farmhouse with Cozy Garage and Porch (Interior photos)

Farmhouse January 11, 2016

Full-Package Farmhouse with Cozy Garage and Porch

Here’s a nice neighborly farmhouse style home that was built by Breezwood. One of the reasons this one appealed to me is because we’ve been taking such a close look at metal homes lately as a building option, and the style of this one could lend itself to metal home design. Take note particularly of that two-story high wall that has two directions of siding. That’s the sort of thing that can also be done with metal home exteriors. In this Breezwood design, they’ve made what would otherwise be a fairly plane section of the building interesting.

There’s also that second-floor open air balcony, decorated with table and chairs and flowers, which would be a place to sit outside on a sunny day and get a view of the surroundings.

This house is a fairly large one, big enough for a large family anyway, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It also has extra space in the double-wide garage.

Stats: 
3200 sq. feet
4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
2 floors
garage
porch

Find more from Breezwood Development, and other farmhouse builders 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 farmhouse, click here.

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Metal Barn Home with Fabulous Interior (Photos)

Metal Buildings January 11, 2016

Metal Barn Home with Fabulous Interior (Photos)

Could you live in a metal house if it was by a little lake like this one in the country-side? This is one of the barn home design metal buildings being made by Lewis Creek these days, although these buildings can be adapted to residential, office, garage or whatever purpose a person needs. This “barndominium” on a farm caught our attention.

Of course, the setting is important when it comes to how a building strikes you, and this simple structure (it’s one of the most basic metal home layouts after all) has been set in a ranch setting and decorated in rustic but colorful decor to create the impression it does from the photos.

Wood flooring and wood ceilings with vari-colored painted walls, ceiling lights embedded, a metal stove with chimney, plenty of inviting furniture,  and a stone and gravel floored patio type area on the side of the metal house are features you can get a better look at in the pictures.

Find more from Lewis Creek Company, and the metal and steel design and build 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 metal homes, click here.

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Vibrant Urban Farmhouse with Open Kitchen (Interior photos)

Farmhouse January 11, 2016

Vibrant Urban Farmhouse with Open Plan Kitchen & Fireplace (9 HQ Pictures)

Here’s a fair sized family farmhouse with a bright, sunny appearance. That patio is the kind of patio I’ve always seen in movies. I’ve never actually visited a home that has one like that, though!

According to the architects behind this farmhouse design:

“The urban farmhouse is one of many architectural styles found in Sonoma for which the clients had an affinity and appreciation. These homes are adaptations of traditional farmhouses in their open, rural settings, to the denser urban context of a small town. They’re very simple in form and often appear to have been added on to over the years. The first floor is usually raised off the ground and entered from a wrap-around front porch, supported on wood posts or stone foundations. This appearance gives them a comfortable, unpretentious charm.

“The design intent for the second dwelling unit was to create a structure that related to the main house but had the character of a much older, more rustic building that might have existed on the property prior to the main house.”

Some more information about this metal building:

New single-family residence
2529 sf
3 bedrooms
2-1/2 baths
New 824 sf 2nd dwelling unit
Completed in 2011
2011 Sonoma League for Historic Preservation award for ‘New Construction Compatible with and Sensitive to Existing Historic Structure or Sites’

Find more from Robert Baumann, and other farmhouse builders 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 farmhouse, click here.

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Metal Building Home with Porch and Balcony (Interior photos)

Metal Buildings January 11, 2016

Metal Building Home with Porch and Balcony (Interior photos)

A metal two story home home large enough for a growing family, and with a double garage to keep a family’s cars in from the elements (or to be converted into work spaces).

You probably noticed from the photo the upper story’s large outside patio, which would give a pretty decent view of the surroundings, whether the metal home was set up in the countryside like this particular one was, or on a residential street, to watch the kids come home after school.

The interior style is comfortable, bright and colorful, as you can also see from the photos, where the bright vari-colored cushions appear even brighter against the flat white walls.

Specifications:
30’W x 22’H x 40’L

Find more from Morton steel buildings, and the metal and steel design and build 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 metal homes, click here.

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Rustic Steel Barn Home in LA (Interior photos)

Barns January 11, 2016

110% Rustic-look Steel Barn Home in LA That Amazes (10 HQ Pictures)

This steel barn home (which seems to be a popular trend these days!) is rustic and somewhat wild, if you take a look at the photos below of the interior and its inhabitants.

This one’s built in LA, on the a big piece of property. You probably noticed the African-inspired interior stylings. But other style elements are included, like driftwood panels.

They also have a lap pool in the yard there, and a pool area that has large tiles and gravel, where the owner can entertain guests in the long summer of California.

Stats: 3,200 square feet, 13 feet of height.

Find more from Ehrlich Yanao Rhee Chaney Architects, and other barn builders 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 barn,click here.

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