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8 eye-catching shipping container homes

By: Matt Hickman on Feb. 22, 2010, 12:35 p.m.
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A new kind of living

Not too long ago, the notion of living in an 8- by 20-foot box was enough to stop a potential homebuyer in his tracks … and send him running for the exits. The rise of innovative green architecture has created in increasingly in-vogue practice: rejiggering, stacking and linking rugged and versatile freight shipping containers and transforming them into fully inhabitable homes.

An excellent method of reusing — there are more than 300 million shipping containers sitting empty at ports around the world — shipping containers are used to build full- and part-time single-family homes and much more. In their most basic form, recycled shipping containers offer a quick and inexpensive solution to emergency housing needs and when stacked sky-high, they make for intriguing dormitory complexes.

Below are eight particularly eye-catching recycled shipping container dwellings — ranging from off-the-grid vacation retreats to beachside palaces to traditional-looking, three-bedroom family homes — that we wouldn’t mind coming home to (at least for a couple of nights). (Text: Matt Hickman)