The first shipping container home built in America was installed in Rodondo Beach, California. The design is by architect Peter DeMaria whose website says this home was the start of a new container home line in L.A. It also was recognized in 2007 when the design won an award for “design excellence.” L.A. county has a large problem with storing shipping containers and recently made laws discouraging their importation as a result. CNN reported that the issue of shipping container storage in the area is so prevalent that in some areas the sun sets one hour early due to their stacks. This YouTube video of the CNN report tells the story in greater depth:
If you are considering modular or prefab home, building with recycled shipping containers is worth taking a look at.
Good resource is the <a href=”http://www.ResidentialShippingContainerPrimer.com”>Residential Shipping Container Primer</a> website. A SHOWCASE OF SHIPPING CONTAINER HOMES AND BUILDINGDS, AND A DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) REFERENCE FOR CONVERTING RECYCLED INTERMODAL CARGO SHIPPING CONTAINERS INTO BUILDINGS AND ARCHITECTURE.
Lots of great example buildings, details, facts, and links to other articles. They have something new that you can setup your own project wiki to get help with your project if you are considering a design build project.
Although the Peter Demaria Home is most certainly one of the most heavily promoted Container Homes in America ( Demaria is a master self promoter ) it is most certainly not the first container home built – it was constructed in 2006.
This is a movement that streches back over 25 years.
Heck a patent was awarded on the concept in 1983.
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