Shipping container motel honors 2nd life of salvage

On a former ranch in , (population: 91), hotel is made of six converted shipping container cabins and one . Built and run by - the architectural salvage yard next door-, the former cargo boxes have been outfitted with recovered items like windows and cabinets from a school, railroad car floors, and countertops from an old bowling alley.

Owner Matt White spent years dreaming of container architecture before launching the business in 2016 with 3 units (adding 3 more the following year). Working with the long, narrow containers, White and his team created rooms- kitchen, bathroom, bedroom- in a shotgun-style using salvaged wooden sliding doors to separate spaces when needed.

We spent the night in unit #4 – the “Cow-abunga”- that sleeps six (bunk beds, a queen, and couch bed) and is separated by a central “”. There was plenty of space for four or family of five and we spent plenty of time in the right next door (outfitted with a glass wall by ).

We caught George Munoz at work on a few of the custom containers that the company fabricates and sells to individual clients. Munoz has spent the past decade working with at the 12,000-square-foot Recycling the Past site. He showed us the warehouse and custom units and explained how they offer materials for sale for those who would prefer to build their own.

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20 Comments

  1. It’s so full of history. I love it. And He just said im a 6 month guy, what do I want to do next. I love it so much. Ok. That’s the last comment.

  2. I love this. As always I love the creativity shown…..this idea of using whatever materials they had available….and then having a really comfortable looking, and really creative outcome. I love it. Thanks for posting.

  3. your kids have the best life. staying in cool houses and travelling all over. i bet they will all grow up to be astute architects.

  4. I love this place! It’s almost in my neighborhood, so I’ll have to swing by there.
    You can tell that this fellow is having fun, and exercising his creativity.
    I like his philosophy of “everything is recyclable”.
    Thanks for another great tour.
    Happy Camping

  5. Being a Scrupulous type…it is appreciated how straightforward your host is. His workspace is clean and well organized, along with his inventory of goods’ ‘if you are going to live in a skinned metal box…My first impression is this company and Matt White is the kind of man you want to deal with… – worth looking into IMHO. First impressions are fine but you must delve deeper into the details of exactly what you will be getting and for what costs. Nice job on a 40 foot High Cube!

  6. How about the moisture and mould problem that usually appears when containers are insulated on the inside of the metal skin?
    I cannot see how that would be any different on these,-unless someone can enlighten me otherwise?

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