After fulfilling my decommissioned water tower-turned-home post quota for the month last week, it dawned on me it had also been a while since I’d featured a noteworthy shipping container-turned-home project. Okay, I lie. It hasn’t been that long at all — I blogged about an affordable, eco-friendly shipping container home for the elderly back in late February.

But after noticing Home Contained, Debbie’s Glassberg’s 2,600-square-foot shipping container abode in Kansas City, Mo., over at Jetson Green, I just couldn’t pass it up. The project is definitely worth a look not only because it makes use of five 40' x 8' used shipping containers and boasts eco-friendly features like a green roof, bamboo flooring, geothermal heating, and spray foam insulation but because the interior is a drastic departure from the minimalist, industrial chic look often found in shipping container homes: it’s bright and cheery as all get out.

I’m usually not one for cerulean and magenta color schemes, but the interior of this home works (except maybe the bathroom … good grief it’s loud) and I agree with Preston over at Jetson Green that the use of color gives the home a modern yet distinctly vintage vibe. I’m also digging the Home Contained website. While short on specifics, I loved how Glassberg has cataloged all of the home’s furnishings and fixtures in an easy-to-peruse gallery


Interesting enough, Glassberg’s background is in dollhouse design. She tells KMBC Kansas City: "My background is in toys. I've designed many houses for many dolls, so this is actually a dream of mine to design a house I get to live in myself. It's been fun."

Be sure to take a Glassberg-guided tour of Home Contained in the video embedded above and browse through the project’s Flickr account.

Via [Jetson Green]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Kansas City's candy-coated container home
A former dollhouse designer creates a cheerful, retro/modern home from five used shipping containers and a whole lot of eye-popping paint colors.