Container Living

Check out the video below!

One of the current trends is focused on small-space living. And one of the hot trends in small-space living is using shipping containers. You may have seen them used for commercial spaces like retail, pop-up shops and food truck and restaurants.

The Yard in San Francisco. Photo: Time Out

The Yard in San Francisco. Photo: Time Out

Del Popolo pizza food truck in San Francisco. Photo: delpopolo.com

Del Popolo pizza food truck in San Francisco. Photo: delpopolo.com

Aether in San Francisco. Photo: remodelista.com

Aether in San Francisco. Photo: remodelista.com

But, they can also be easily be used for residential use.

storage container becomes a living space

Recently, a friend bought a property that had a shipping container on it that was being used for storage. So they did a little mini-flip project and converted it to usable living space. Specifically, they use theirs for a small office and home gym.

 
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Shipping containers come is two primary sizes 8’ wide x 8.5’ high and either 20’ or 40’ long. They usually have some sort of shipping company logo painted on the sides, have a plywood floor and have a big double door on the end.

Like these:

 
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My friend wasn’t able to find anyone who had specifically done work on containers in the past so their contractor took a stab at it with a bit of help from the internet.

They painted the exterior, cut in windows, three sliders and an entry door on the end (behind the main container door). For finishing touches, they added a deck, barn doors that could close over each of the sliders, added laminate flooring, dry walled the interior and added some electrical. For heating and cooling, they added a mini-split.

Check out the updated shipping container in the video below!

Less is more.
— Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Here is a little video I shot of the space.

 

Container Living!

Uploaded by Trotter Studios on 2019-08-23.

Anyway, I thought this was a cool use of a container. What do you think?