Houses made from shipping containers are the newest green home fad to take hold.
They are touted as a way to create domestic and commercial space in a manner that is affordable, eco-friendly, efficient and flexible.
I’m a fan of anything repurposed into a home because I find it ingenious and also visually stimulating. However… I don’t know if I’m totally sold on the aesthetics of shipping container homes…
I get that they are going for the chic industrial look… and I appreciate that.
But I just can’t get past the chain-link fence used as part of the design!
Built by a Canadian company out of Victoria, British Columbia called Zigloo, this home is currently for sale for $728,000 . It has 1,920 square feet and 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms.
It also reportedly “saved 70 trees” during construction, according to http://zigloo.ca.
The interior is modern and surprisingly warm. The floors are rich (cork?) and the ceilings are beautiful.
But that staircase…
…is just a little too reminiscent of a dog kennel for me (perhaps the poor pooch thinks so as well).
But the kitchen is lovely:
Some of the green aspects of this house are super efficient soy-based spray foam insulation, hot water on demand in-floor heating system, a green roof, and numerous up-cycled materials (including 8 shipping containers).
- from: http://zigloo.ca/for-sale/
In the bathroom, you would never guess that this serene space is built inside a former shipping container:
Despite the sophisticated design in most of the house, going up the stairs strikes me as an experience in… well, an urban school yard…
…complete with creepy watchful black crow!
Maybe the homeowners are just really into crows…
What do you think? Could you handle a chain link fence inside your house?