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Intrigue of shipping container homes

Yes, I am from a generation when technology virtually did not exist. I barely looked at my store-bought toys, making holidays and birthdays a nightmare for my parents. As a child, my preferred toys were empty boxes and bottles that were discarded in my home. I would play with them for hours upon hours, stacking them one on top of another. There is no doubt that there was a creative individual in the making and that I would end up studying architecture. Now, as an adult in the middle stages of life, I am equally intrigued and entertained by the emerging trend of building with shipping containers. I fear coming full circle and starting to play with my boxes again.

Shipping container homes and buildings have gained traction in the last 10 years as people search for an alternative to traditional building methods and look for recyclable, durable products. Depending on where you live and the weather in your location, these shipping containers can be assembled in configurations that will give you protection from the sun, wind and rain.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

There are some limitations to shipping container homes. Many who look into these homes are also searching for smaller homes, alternative sources of power and a smaller carbon footprint. These homes are sometimes built as beach or mountain homes, where, because of their remote locations, they are not subject to conventional building codes or adherence to sewer hookups or power sources. So, many are off-grid.

However, there are many shipping container homes that are being built in existing neighborhoods. Some are accessory structures, such as a “granny pad” or an artist’s studio, but others are built as the main home. Besides having to conform to all the building codes, there are the tectonics of services that have to be dealt with,

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11 stunning shipping container homes


Affordable, eco-friendly and fast to build, shipping container homes offer no end of architectural possibilities. These extra-tough units can be stacked in almost any layout, not to mentioned customised with every luxury amenity under the sun. From metal mansions to stylish industrial retreats, we’ve rounded up the best container residences that think outside the box. Click or scroll on for more…



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The idea of a shipping container home inevitably conjures up images of small, compact residences with little room to stretch out, but this incredible mansion in Colorado has nothing but space. Built by a local firefighter, the stand-out property sprawls over 3,000 square feet, offering five bedrooms, four bathrooms and no end of characterful living areas.



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Nine shipping containers were used in the spectacular custom design, with their distinctive corrugated siding proudly displayed across the exterior. We love the bolt of turquoise across the upper storey at the rear of the home, which overlooks the landscaped garden, complete with an upcycled barbecue station.



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