Shipping container motel honors 2nd life of salvage

October 17, 2020 john 20 29410 19:23

On a former ranch in Round Top, Texas (population: 91), Flophouze hotel is made of six converted shipping container cabins and one container pool. Built and run by Recycling the Past- the architectural salvage yard next door-, the former cargo boxes have been outfitted with recovered items like windows and cabinets from a school, railroad…

The Hive cottage makes extra room expanding beyond tiny surface

August 2, 2020 john 23 24735 13:32

Limited by the city of Austin (Texas) to building on 45% of a lot, architect Nicole Blair leaned the walls out to gain space: the base covers the maximum 320 square feet, but the walls continue up and out to create a total of 565 square feet of living space. Dubbed “the drunk house” by…

Cantilevered containers become popup housing for NYC creators

May 24, 2020 john 24 65501 13:33

New York City rents are unattainable for most artists, but at one marina in Queens, stacked shipping containers provide instant access to livework spaces. Eight intermodal containers stacked two high serve as work spaces for artists making surfboards, blowing glass and crafting jewelry. The containers are cantilevered to provide patio space for the upstairs units.…

$700 mechanical micro-A-frame blends with Montana wilderness

August 5, 2019 john 20 55981 18:59

When Alla Ponomareva and her husband Garrett Hohn found Derek “Deek” Diedricksen’s plans to build a transforming A-frame cabin for only $1200 they bought the plans and got to work. Three weeks later, they had an 80-square-foot, off-grid, tiny home that cost only $700 (solar panels included) thanks to a lot of reclaimed materials. One…

Seattle Couple Downsize to Small Backyard Cottage (400sqft)

May 4, 2019 john 27 6630 13:01

Paul & Caroline built & downsized to a 400 Square Foot cottage in their backyard, using recycled and reclaimed materials. Video Sponsor: Go to http://audible.com/thgj or text ‘THGJ” to 500 500 to get one free audiobook, 2 free Audible originals & a 30-day free trial! FIND OUT MORE FROM THIS HOME’S ARCHITECT: https://www.microhousenw.com/ ADDITIONAL MUSIC:…

Side-door container 2nd life as WA’s ski town outdoorsy home

November 14, 2017 john 26 23569 14:30

Shiah Lints was tired of life in a 2500 converted farmhouse, so he bought a side door shipping container to convert it into a tiny new home. The “train car” style container is built to open completely on two sides so Shiah didn’t need to make any cuts (and thereby lose structural strength). Containers are…

Round grain bin as Madison County’s budget prairie style home

July 26, 2017 john 20 13426 16:41

Bob Quinn works farm radio, was raised by farmers and owns a small farm so it wasn’t such a leap to convert a grain bin into his retirement home. “Basically we wanted some living quarters. We looked at a log cabin, but I wanted to have it so it looked like it was part of…

Hydraulic doors transform containers in retrotronic shelters

May 1, 2017 john 17 27929 14:29

Comparing their work to reanimating a corpse, Matthew Quilty and Adam Kalkin believe in giving new life to unused shipping containers. They have turned these industrial corpses into homes, mobile kitchens/cafes, and event spaces. “In the United States today there are about a half a billion containers just sitting there, about 70% of those are…

Dan Phillips turns backyard scraps in whimsical Texan houses

April 9, 2017 john 19 13665 17:22

Transforming wine corks and bottle caps into flooring, cow bones into countertops, frame samples into ceilings and old deck boards into doors, Dan Phillips believes a second life is possible building refuse. His company, Phoenix Commotion, turns trash into homes, employs “unskilled” workers and creates shelter for low-income families, but it’s not a non-profit. Instead,…

Artist builds his Savannah studio with shipping containers

October 24, 2016 john 19 19039 11:42

Architect, artist, designer Julio Garcia had been designing plans for shipping container homes for a decade before he found the perfect place to build one: on a long, narrow stretch of his property in Savannah, Georgia. “I’m a big believer we should be adapting to the environment… I remember walking out and looking at the…