Imagine living in a shipping container. Cramped? Claustrophobic? Dark? It doesn’t have to be. Shipping container homes can be more than you ever dreamed.
New construction re-purposing the enormous metal containers into shipping container homes has taken hold across the country. From tiny Elizabethtown, KY, to bustling Seattle, WA, stories of shipping container homes have started stacking up.
To learn more about the movement, we spoke with agent Michael Rastatter. He’s working on a project in Cleveland that uses shipping container materials to create a unique, industrial-looking home. While the home has yet to be built, he has renderings, plans, and a plot of land on which to plop this steel structure.
Rastatter touts the benefits of re-using containers.
“I had an empty lot in Cleveland I had purchased before the bubble burst,” he says. “I did some online research and found people using containers throughout Europe, and I thought it would be a great idea to bring to Cleveland.”
“This city has many unique examples of architecture throughout its neighborhoods dating back to the 1800s,” he adds. “I think a modern take on homes could be the next wave for the city.”
He notes the home will be warm in the winter, be eco-friendly, and use recycled and sustainable materials throughout.
4219 Orchard Ave, Cleveland OH — $385,000.
In addition, we found two other shipping container homes on the market. The Michigan example uses a blend of wood, concrete, and shipping container to create an intriguing modern look.
16180 Stones Throw, Union Pier, MI — $795,000.
The New York home is a smaller house based solely on the footprint of the renovated metal box.
4896 Vega Mt Rd, Roxbury, NY — $220,000.
This article was originally published by Erik Gunther on realtor.com. See more photos and the original article here.