Thursday, February 21, 2013

Container home

I was asked to design a variation of a container home. More specifically, a 40' container was to serve as a garage with a deck on top to support what would essentially be a Master bedroom suite with an attached green house. As is always the case with designing a house, especially a small one, the first criteria is budgetary. The structure had to be unique, luxurious,  efficient and ready to live in for somewhere near the $60 mark (no doubt a bit over). It was an intriguing challenge through which much was learned.

A brand new container can be had for as little as $5,000. and even less, if used and or refurbished, I set out to design the bedroom as an ISP construction and the green house as kit. The house had to be modern and green, IE. solar panels and radiant heat but, it also had to be in keeping with the surrounding traditional architecture so as to not jar neighbors eye balls.
After down loading a model of a 40' container and the cars that would go in to it, a 69 Camaro and a 63 Chevy truck, I came to realize that doors in the side of the container would be necessary in order to get out of the vehicles comfortably. It was concluded that it was too much of a rigmarole and a more traditional 2 car garage, sans green house would be decided on instead.

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