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.