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Shipping Container Buildings November 10, 2016

Many people choose shipping containers as an option for their next home because of the inexpensive construction costs and eco-friendly materials. Not one looks the same, but the interior design does tend to be more minimalistic in nature. They are commonly seen with white walls, bright pops of color, and little done to the outside to disguise its original use. This style is typically chosen because it is fun and quirky, but what about those of us who still long to have the coziness of a cabin or the warmth of richer colors? Well, Hunter Leggitt Studio, must feel that way too because they built a shipping container home that has the look and feel of a cozy cabin!

This Los Angeles based company traveled to northern California to achieve this build for their clients. The clients wanted a weekend getaway for their family that could also accommodate guests.  Not only were the recycled materials saving in cost, but the company enlisted the help of eager architecture students and saved even more money on construction.

The exterior of the build does not mimic the original structure in anything other than a long rectangular shape. The first level, posts supporting the roof, and the roof  itself are all covered in wooden boards. The majority of these boards have been stained in a dark rich color while the roof and side were left exposed. This creates a really great contrast in color. Each wooden wall is better defined with thin vertical columns running from top to bottom, and the roof displays exposed beams. This works to accentuate the height of the structure rather than the length which diminishes the structure’s resemblance to a shipping container. Plus, these elements add great texture, and that is key to any rustic style. A fun twist on this cabin are the industrial elements incorporated into the design. For example, the top floor exterior looks as if it is made of concrete. It has a smooth texture with a light grey color. This material is carried to the front of the home with the construction of a balcony.

The interior of the home is a perfect example of a collaboration of styles. Vintage, rustic, and industrial elements can all be found in the home’s decor and build. The rustic elements are perfectly embodied in the ceiling and wooden walls. The boards are left defined and accented with a white wash, dark stain, or a light stain to creates a worn look. Vintage elements can be seen with the wing back chair or old guitar in the living room. The kitchen appliances and iron railings, used for the staircase and balcony, are great examples of the industrial elements in the space. The design has a rustic warmth with little extravagance. Overall, this home is a great way to show how manipulating textures such as wood, metals, or fabrics in design can electrify a space as dull as a shipping container!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more of Hunter Leggitt Studio’s work, find them in our shipping container homes directory.

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Container House Project

Shipping Container Buildings November 10, 2016

We know that shipping container homes are a great way to recycle and reuse. We know that they don’t have to be tiny as you could use several, and we know they create a unique aesthetic look. With all of that said, there are still surprises to be discovered in the advancing world of shipping container homes! Don’t believe me? Keep reading.

The Container, located in Thailand,  is a company that specializes in designing shipping container homes. The work they are doing is really unique. Their goal is to achieve a home that is specifically tailored to fit the land and resident it is being built for all while looking like a work of art! At first, the concept of a home being a viewed as a form of art may sound silly. In reality, art comes in every form, and The Container homes are certainly worthy of the title. The designs used by this company can be for a residence, office space, or made to be mobile! They cover an array of uses and designs, but for the purpose of this article, we will look at one residential structure.

To review the artistic value of this home, we will be focusing on the exterior design. The home looks to be made of three containers. The first things most people notice when looking at a home are its shape, size, and color. This home has so much more to offer visually. This is not a square home with square windows and rectangular door. This rectangular home has large windows, an angled roof, and containers that are stacked for contrast. This means that the bottom container was placed on the ground and the ones placed on top were set horizontally, creating an almost abstract look to the building. The size of this particular structure looks to be average. The colors used are bold and bright. They grab the attention of any viewer almost as much as the dramatic shapes that are expressed in the structures build.

After noticing the major points, one may notice some of the details that add to this unique home. The windows on this home are very large, in some cases they are the full size of the wall. You will see flaps, that look to be the original container doors, left in tact and set open to accent the large windows. They also add to the odd but intriguing look of the structure. Situated atop part of the downstairs container is a small balcony complimented with a flat roof and iron railing. Both of the roof and the railing bring in more lines and shapes to add to the overall design. To help support the containers on top, there are posts set adjacent to the first level. These allow for a great patio area and facilitate the odd shape of the home. The details of the roof are possibly the best accent to this design. This is because the roof uses the shape of a triangle, but not in the standard sense. An acute triangle has been added to extend the roof of the second level. It lays so that the roof gradually gets taller (or smaller depending which side you look to first) on the other side. This leaves the roof at a unique angle and accentuates the playfulness of the structures overall look.

So, does this qualify as art? I think so. The Container took dirty, dark shipping containers and transformed them into a modern and aesthetically pleasing design with a new function!

Alison LaPaglia

For more of The Container’s work, find them in our shipping container homes directory.

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Shipping Container House Plan

Shipping Container Buildings November 10, 2016

It seems appropriate to highlight a holiday rental home with the season approaching us so quickly. In case you are dreading the sometimes overwhelming traditions involved, here is a unique rental that won’t fight the festivities but will most definitely switch them up! How about a holiday in Spain? This shipping container home is a holiday rental located in Castilla y Leon, Spain.

The home is made up of five different containers. Four set on top with the fifth supporting them on the bottom. At 1,184 sq ft, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms, this home is a great getaway for any family over the holidays! The full size kitchen could host any holiday feast, and the large living area allows for everyone to get together. The terrace on the home is a great feature for outdoor enjoyment in warmer months. The design used for this home is what will change your holiday traditions up! Some shipping container homes have been designed to mimic a traditional home. This is not the case with this holiday rental. The exterior of the containers have been left with the original construct which makes for a quirky and unique build. The end walls of the containers have been removed to provide large windows or passage ways into the home.

Inside, you will find lots of natural sunlight due to the large windows on both ends of the home. You will be surrounded by bright white walls accented with bold colors and patterned decor.

The space has a fresh, bright feel that contrasts the warm coziness of the traditional holiday season. This space fits the family comfortably but can accommodate a nontraditional atmosphere for your holiday celebration. The interior walls have been finished so that the inside of the home does not look anything like a shipping container. Rather, the walls are finished as they would be in a traditional home. The full home rents for $175.07USD a day with a minimum of a two night stay. So, get the family together, split the cost if you would like, and have a holiday in Spain that you will never forget!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more of shipping container designs and builds, find them in our shipping container homes directory.

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Garden Refresher Checklist

Home and Garden November 4, 2016

Garden Refresher Checklist

Is your garden looking unruly and overgrown? If you’ve decided it’s time for a refresher, it’s tempting to rush in and get started right away. Before you expend a huge amount of labor and dole out a bunch of money, it pays to take a close look at all the elements of your garden and assess your priorities for the space. This checklist is a good place to start:

Do you know where the slopes and valleys are in your yard? Are there areas where drainage is a problem, and plants will not grow?

What about microclimates? Is there a sheltered location in your garden where you can plant warm-season vegetables, or maybe a borderline-tender shrub? Alternatively, is there an issue with a cold sink anywhere in your garden, where you have to worry about planting frost-fragile squash, for example?

– Are there areas in the garden where the wind batters your plants?
– How much rain and snow falls on all of the areas of your garden?
– Have some of the trees grown in and are now casting a lot of shade on existing flowerbeds?
– Has the pH of your soil changed? Is your soil too saline? Does it have a sufficient amount of organic matter?
– Have some of your groundcovers spread aggressively and become too competitive with other plants in the area?
– Does your garden have winter interest?
– Do you need privacy from your neighbors, or a noise barrier from the street?
– Do any of your plants require pruning or deadheading? Does the hedge need to be shaped?
– Do you need to divide or transplant any large perennials?
– Are you growing any toxic plants that need to be removed due to the presence of children or pets? What about noxious weeds? Check your local weed control act and make sure you’re not accidentally growing anything you shouldn’t be.
– Do you want to focus on growing edible plants over ornamental ones (or vice versa)?

Once you’ve considered the answers to all of these questions, you’ll have a solid foundation to start revitalizing your garden and getting it back into tip-top condition!

By Sheryl Normandeau

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A Modular Concept that Combines Inexpensive Small Homes with Water Living

Houseboats November 2, 2016

Here is a home where you could have your cake and eat it too! That is, have all your at home comforts without having to stay in one spot! The Tubiq is a unique modular concept that would make living on the water comfortable and fun. Whether you would be a full time or part time resident, this home would give you the freedom to navigate open waters. You could travel and never have to wonder if you forgot something at home since you brought your house with you.

Inside would be a chic modern design that allows for plenty of ocean views. No cramped quarters or bunk beds in this water home! The Tubiq is built to withstand the elements so your interior does not need to be specialized for water living. With the option of a one or two story home, there would be plenty of room for guests or family.

The decks are perfect for sun tanning, fishing, and any other outdoor enjoyment. Since this modular concept is made up interchangeable modules, a customer can customize the number of rooms or size of their own Tubiq. The customer is also given the freedom to upgrade their Tubiq with electric engines and solar panels. The filtration system for water in this home is of the finest quality. With upgrades, the Tubiq would be totally self supporting and allow its inhabitants to enjoy any body of water!

Overall this option of living or vacationing is great! Especially for those of us who would like to enjoy our regular morning coffee, favorite throw blanket, or “fur-family” cuddles all while on the road, or in this case, the water!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more of Tubiq and Marcello Ligabue and Daniele Gibertoni’s work, find them in our house builders 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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10 Awesome Modular Homes That Can Be Built in Just Three Days

Modular November 1, 2016

Modular homes are built indoors in a factory-like setting. Thanks to creative minds, many of these modular buildings can be purchased and set up in just three days on a prepared building site. These beautiful homes are transported to their new locations, where they are brought together by their builder. Living in this type of home sounds simple and reduces stress to residents since it’s small, and also portable. Another thing is it enhances intimacy among family members to have a small house, but since they’re modular, they can later be expanded if more space is needed.

These awesome modular homes are built by firms we’ve already indexed in our Modular Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can go there and search out the name of the company, and also find builders near your area.

Beautiful green house
Designed and built by  Magic Green Homes
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Lovely modular home
Designed and built by Cradle to Cradle
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Fantastic factory-fabricated home
Designed and built by Robert Gurney
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Simple dwelling
Designed and built by Jonas Wagel
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Gorgeous bamboo home
Designed and built by BIO Architects
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Stunning modular home
Designed and built by Big Box
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Eco-friendly dwelling
Designed and built by Architect 11
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Solar-powered home
Designed and built by Ceardean Architects
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Eco-vacation house
Designed and built by MYCC
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Brilliant micro dwelling
Designed and built by Architect Samuel Gonclaves
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Incredible Prefab Houses

Prefab November 1, 2016

These lovely prefab homes are adorable. Builders have created exceptional designs that are truly desirable for home buyers and provide interesting ideas for home designers. Residents will enjoy living in any of these prefab houses, and there is quite a variety of styles to chose from.

These incredible prefab homes are built by companies we’ve already indexed in our Prefab Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can go there and search out the name of the company, and also find builders near your area.

Beautiful structured home-office
Designed and built by Platform 5 Architects
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Gorgeous glass house
Designed and built by The Huf Haus
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Exquisite prefab home
Designed and built by Prefab in France
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Nice porch house
Designed and built by Lake|Flato
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Pretty Modular House
Designed and built by Happy Haus
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Breathtaking prefab home
Designed and built by Patrick Frey Industrial Design
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Breathtaking prefab home
Designed and built by DMVA Architects
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Incredible dwelling
Designed and built by DMVA Architects
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Spectacular prefab home
Designed and built by Mrubina
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Exceptional prefab dwelling
Designed and built by Place Architecture
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Amazing Metal Houses

Metal Buildings November 1, 2016

Metal houses that are built with advanced architectural designs have all the essential elements of an ideal home. Distinguished builders have incorporated industrial features into up-to-date residential exteriors. Wood, metal and cement all work well in these amazing metal houses.

Find the metal and steel design and build companies we’ve already indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area.

Elegantly wood-lined roof metal house
Designed and built by  Finne Architects
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Sustainable dweliing
Designed and built by CR Forma
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Eco-house barn-style metal house
Designed and built by Architect Kimberly Peck
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Simple contemporary box
Designed and built by Intexure Architectshouston

Wooded, rural setting metal house design
Designed and built by Homecraft Design & Build
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Rectangular concrete home
Designed and built by Adams Mohler Ghillino Architectscorrugated

Corrugated metal panels
Designed and built by Samara Greenwood Architecture
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House with some industrial elements
Designed and built by Knowles PS
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Beautifully arranged-glass framed in metal
Designed and built by Genesis Architecture
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Vernacular architecture of farm building
Designed and built by M+A Architecture Studio
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