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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