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Monday, May 30, 2011

Thinking inside the box

I don't know why, but I seem to gravitate towards unorthodox/unconventional types of dwellings - whether they be houseboats, yurts, treehouses or....shipping containers.  Yes, lately I've been daydreaming about what life would be like in a shipping container...make that 7-8 shipping containers all mashed together into a very green abode.

CBC had a short clip last week about the house below - made of 7 shipping containers. These homes can be built in 24 hours, at a fraction of the cost of a traditional home (approx. 60% compared to a house built with bricks or wood). The video can be found here: http://www.cbc.ca/thenational/indepthanalysis/story/2011/02/25/national-wouldyoulivehere.html



Victoria-based builder Zigloo has gained a lot of publicity from their 'Zigloo Domestique' prototype (below). 






I like how they reused chain link fencing for the staircase - although it's probably not everyone's cup of tea.

What do you think? Could you live in a container, or are bricks and mortar more your style?

2 comments:

Mary said...

Okay, sorry, I'm posting a comment on every single post... hah!
I have been coveting container homes because our family cottage is busting at the seams with growing families. So in my dreams, Matt and I have a cute little container bunkie! http://pinterest.com/pin/3868789/

Jules said...

LOVE the bunkie!! I clearly have to set myself up on Pinterest this week (it's midnight now so I REALLY shouldn't get into it tonight - it's a slippery slope and the site looks addictive.)
I like your idea and might have to steal it...my parents just bought the empty lot across the road from their cottage and I was talking about putting a yurt on it...but this looks even easier than a yurt, and might comply more with the local laws in regard to what kind of dwellings you can build in the area :)