Greetings from New York City! 🙂
There’s plenty of cool shipping container architecture that’s popped up around the city in recent years, from a retrofitted carriage house to the home of a radio station. But the title of first (legal) home built entirely of recycled containers goes to this architectural gem in Williamsburg, made of six stacked containers totaling 1,600 square feet. David and Janet take pride of the fact that theirs is the very first shipping container home legally built in New York City. This sustainable dwelling can be found in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and relied on a stack of 320-square-foot (29.7-meter) containers in its construction. The lovely, 320-square-foot ground-floor apartment is now up for rent through AirBnB or a surprisingly affordable $96/night.
As Untapped noted back in 2013 when the project was complete, each 8′ x 40′ container cost $1,500 and is insulated with NASA ceramic-infused paint. It was designed and built by builder David Boyle and architect and NYIT professor Michele Bertomen.
Since their home’s doors are open to Airbnb visitors, it’s only fair that we take a look around. At first glance, one might be tricked into thinking that this is just an ordinary urban loft. But a closer peep reveals that this dwelling is enveloped by recycled shipping containers. The first floor is where guests stay – the hosts live on the second and third levels.
Here’s what you get from a single room. True to NYC fashion, this small home packs a punch with its book collection. A comfy futon has been fitted right between the dining area and kitchen. A gap between the counter top and cupboard doubles up as storage space for the kitchen utensils. Pretty clever, right? The whiteboard with a map of the city is a nice touch too.
Further ahead, there’s a fold-out table for a bit of intimate dining. But that’s not all. In this house, there’s always room for one more guest. Speaking of which, there are two beds fitted inside this nifty container loft. This one is adeptly decorated for the Latin lovers among us. And another, appealing to artistically inclined visitors.
Serene blue tones, with a few splashes of yellow, are the decorative colors of choice in the bathroom. All the essentials are accounted for. Decorative trinkets add a bit of quirkiness to the bathroom too.
David and Janet excelled at instilling a New York identity into their humble abode. They’ve set the standard for container homes in the area – it’s only a matter of time before others follow suit.
So what do you think? Would you stay here? 🙂
Photo Source: 6sqft