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Home Sweet Shipping Container: Detroit Housing Project
ABC News ^ | November 23, 2012 | Karin Halperin

Posted on 11/23/2012 4:14:58 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The first U.S. multi-family condo built of used shipping containers is slated to break ground in Detroit early next year.

Strong, durable and portable, shipping containers stack easily and link together like Legos. About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet multicolored boxes move through U.S. container ports a year, hauling children’s toys, flat-screen TVs, computers, car parts, sneakers and sweaters.

But so much travel takes its toll, and eventually the containers wear out and are retired. That’s when architects and designers, especially those with a “green” bent, step in to turn these cast-off boxes into student housing in Amsterdam, artists’ studios, emergency shelters, health clinics, office buildings.

Despite an oft-reported glut of unused cargo containers lying idle around U.S. ports and ship yards – estimates have ranged from 700,000 to 2 million – the Intermodal Steel Building Units and Container Homes Association puts the number closer to 12,000, including what’s sold on Craigslist and eBay.

HyBrid Architecture in Seattle, which has built cottages and office buildings from containers for close to a decade, coined the term “cargotecture” to describe this method of building. Co-founder Joel Egan warns that although containers can be bought for as little as $2,500, they shouldn’t be seen as a low-cost housing solution. “Ninety-five percent of the cost still remains,” he says.

Here’s a few recent North American projects – including the new condo project — where the shipping container takes center stage...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: architecture; cargotecture; construction; container; detroit; housing; manufacturing; michigan; shipping
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Obamavilles.
1 posted on 11/23/2012 4:15:06 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Not a bad idea. If I could get away with it I'd consider something like this for a home add on. Sink some six by sixes in the ground and put a roofover and siding on them.

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2 posted on 11/23/2012 4:19:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


3 posted on 11/23/2012 4:23:05 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
A step up for many, no doubt.

long dare be a pug fo dat pasma anna shef fo da nikes yo !

4 posted on 11/23/2012 4:23:11 PM PST by tomkat (a million tiny cuts .. add yours daily .. be creative)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They make decent storage buildings but I would not want to live in one.


5 posted on 11/23/2012 4:24:14 PM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And how long before Detroiters turn those into hellholes of crime, drugs, destruction, graffiti, whorehouses, and the like?

Not long.


6 posted on 11/23/2012 4:25:51 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (Elections do have consequences, young people of America)
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To: cripplecreek

We use one as a storage building for my church. I’ve been thinking of buying one and hiding it on some land as “hunting cabin”.


7 posted on 11/23/2012 4:29:16 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Architects study latest in housing innovation originating in Appalachia . . . .

8 posted on 11/23/2012 4:29:33 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Don’t give them any ideas... LOL


9 posted on 11/23/2012 4:30:22 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not bullet-proof, but gives more protection than sheetrock alone. They’ll need that in Detroit.


10 posted on 11/23/2012 4:30:28 PM PST by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

>>And how long before Detroiters turn those into hellholes of crime, drugs, destruction, graffiti, whorehouses, and the like?

The day they move in. Possibly sooner if the builders don’t put a fence around them during construction.


11 posted on 11/23/2012 4:30:52 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: cripplecreek

I have seen someone tale the jumbo sized ones and put three together and make a decent looking house.


12 posted on 11/23/2012 4:30:52 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Why is the government more concerned about protecting a microbe on Mars than an unborn baby here?)
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To: cripplecreek

they’d be great underground bunkers.


13 posted on 11/23/2012 4:32:37 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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Ideally, we need every member and regular user to contribute to keep Free Republic up and running strong.

14 posted on 11/23/2012 4:39:47 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Two of my friends and I lived for a year in an eight by twenty in Afghanistan.
15 posted on 11/23/2012 4:41:35 PM PST by Hotmetal (Home from the sandbox.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Not as elaborate, but their was someone selling multi-units as one dwelling @ the Oshkosh airshow. They were rather neutral when I opined about their product in a Obama world...
16 posted on 11/23/2012 4:43:02 PM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: Bubba_Leroy
They aren't that bad, actually. Said the guy that lived in an 8'x12' tin-roofed shack in the mountains for over a year.

They are a a PITA to run 'lektrikity in, though, if you want it to look somewhat nice.

/johnny

17 posted on 11/23/2012 4:43:12 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Before looking at the article, I expected this to be about the homeless living in abandoned shipping containers. No doubt if Romney had won, that’s what this would have been about. I guess with another four years of Obama, the MSM had to report “the brighter side” of living in shipping containers.


18 posted on 11/23/2012 4:44:03 PM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (Ho, ho, hey, hey, I'm BUYcotting Chick-Fil-A)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The first U.S. multi-family condo built of used shipping containers is slated to break ground in Detroit early next year.

LMBO!!


19 posted on 11/23/2012 4:44:19 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: WilliamofCarmichael


20 posted on 11/23/2012 4:45:27 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Bryanw92

I know a guy up north that has 3 put together that he originally planned as a hunting cabin but now lives in.

He’s got them up on a foundation with a 4 foot deep crawl space with a concrete floor under it. He built a small pole barn around it, sided it and made himself a nice little house. I think its 20x24.

He says he’d like to try an A frame with 4 containers. 3 on the bottom and 1 on the top.


21 posted on 11/23/2012 4:45:32 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
multi-family condo built of used shipping containers is slated to break ground in Detroit
DO NOT secure these containers permanently. Once filled, load them all on a ship to Liberia.
22 posted on 11/23/2012 4:56:26 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: cripplecreek

Been there done that... Around here anyway, even a worn out one costs 1500 bucks. Conventionally building a comparable space (2x4/6 with roof and say t-111 siding) is way cheaper. And that’s all you are getting is a floor, 4 walls, and a roof, and that is assuming the container is still water-tight (a BIG assumption)


23 posted on 11/23/2012 4:57:43 PM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I am in the RE business. I think this idea of new housing using containers is a great idea.

What kind of snob demands a traditional structure because anything else is unacceptable to society.

Shipping containers are strong and durable and cheap. And they are all-American in that they are like pre-made log cabins.

I admire men and women who don't give a d@mn what "society" says and live and act in ways that best (and creatively) conform to their VALUES.

Check them out...


24 posted on 11/23/2012 4:58:01 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: RoosterRedux
I prefer a traditional look but that's doable with shipping containers.

Container Home Books

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25 posted on 11/23/2012 5:04:54 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: RightWingConspirator
Not bullet-proof, but gives more protection than sheetrock alone.

Easy to weld on external plate, LOL.

26 posted on 11/23/2012 5:04:59 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: roamer_1

I’m curious as to what “wears out”.
Not a lot of moving parts, and this isn’t like auto sheet metal.


27 posted on 11/23/2012 5:07:58 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation
I’m curious as to what “wears out”. Not a lot of moving parts, and this isn’t like auto sheet metal.

Primarily when the doors become unusable or the lock-down and sealing capacity fails. But they see a hard life. welds fail and the roof becomes leaky... One that I actually owned was 3/8" out of square which caused the doors to fail to close at all. I clipped the doors off, built a frame wall inside the back edge and used it for storage.

Don't think they are bullet-proof awesome, because they are not. Unless of course, you want to buy a 'new' one... Then they are pretty good - But be prepared to spend $3k-4.5k to get a nice one.

YMMV

28 posted on 11/23/2012 5:17:54 PM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: cripplecreek
That's nice, but I like a return to basics (i.e. telling society to f*ck off).

I am thinking of getting into this businesses...and starting by developing my own cargo container house.

Here are a few more I like...

BTW, I used to live in NYC and was fond of living in undeveloped lofts. They were cheap, large, and you could use your imagination is terms of amenities.

Now lofts have gone mainstream and yuppies pay top dollar to live in them. Steel cargo containers will be the next big housing fad...for the same reasons. Cheap and you can use your imagination.

29 posted on 11/23/2012 5:19:39 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: cripplecreek
BTW CC...that dwelling (external appearance-wise) is what RE developers, agents, and appraisers would call "dog-eared dull."

That architecture is long past its sell date!

30 posted on 11/23/2012 5:24:05 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: RoosterRedux

Speaking of snobs.

sheesh


31 posted on 11/23/2012 5:27:41 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: roamer_1

So those “incredibly skilled” union longshoremen tend to bugger them up, LOL.


32 posted on 11/23/2012 5:28:31 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: cripplecreek
LOL...using your imagination doesn't make you a snob.

But turning a cargo container into a traditional home is just kinda dull.

Use your imagination for God's sake!

For example, I am fond of log cabins and rustic structures. I would like a container structure that has that rustic kind of look...and on a piece of land that looks sort of frontier like.

You have you favorite look too...and it is uniquely YOURS.

Having something you like doesn't make you a snob...it doesn't make me a snob.

BTW, I always wanted a treehouse to live in...does that make me a snob?

33 posted on 11/23/2012 5:39:03 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: roamer_1
and that is assuming the container is still water-tight (a BIG assumption)

Your local hardware store sells roofing tar...that'll make any steel roof leak proof. And there some new silicon products that can be painted over...and are still cheap.

34 posted on 11/23/2012 5:46:09 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: cripplecreek
DIY home for less than $3500

Still think I am a snob? :-)

35 posted on 11/23/2012 5:57:16 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is third world nation stuff!!!

Good God.


36 posted on 11/23/2012 6:00:04 PM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine
This is about survivalist stuff.

This country has hit an existential wall. Smart folks will go survivalist until the storm passes.

Conventional people who lack creativity will continue to seek the past (but the past is dead now...killed by Obama and his supporters).

Move on and live!

37 posted on 11/23/2012 6:03:36 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So without insulation, how is this ‘green?’


38 posted on 11/23/2012 6:04:26 PM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine

Cheeze...insulate it! Plywood or drywall with insulation behind it.


39 posted on 11/23/2012 6:08:54 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: autumnraine

And it isn’t about green...it’s about getting by in a world in recession/depression.


40 posted on 11/23/2012 6:10:07 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We have a few 40x10x8.5 containers for storage. Do you suppose that the dimensions are erroneous? We’ve seen 20x10x8.5’s.


41 posted on 11/23/2012 6:13:56 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Way too big and fancy. I lived in one of those “For $5 we can ship it anywhere” Postal Service boxes. Three bedrooms and two baths. I used an envelope for a garage.


42 posted on 11/23/2012 6:30:34 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Silentgypsy
thank you, that's what i thought... 10X20 or 10X40 is what seen/used
43 posted on 11/23/2012 8:00:07 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Katrina cottages look prettier...


44 posted on 11/24/2012 2:43:51 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Chode

The nice aspect of those things is that you can configure them according to your requirements and tastes. Mr. Sg has already coated the roofs with a silver-colored sealing compound and is in the process of painting the sides white in order to create a backdrop that emphasizes the color of the shrubs and trees. Next couple of steps involve creating man-doors and laying tile on the floors.


45 posted on 11/24/2012 7:15:02 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: Silentgypsy
cool... pls post pics sometime
46 posted on 11/24/2012 7:39:14 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Still in formative stages (only one container painted white but that’s the one near the rear deck he built which really looks good.) Will post photos of 6x8 greenhouse he erected and the stuff he’s growing inside it. Peripherally, I just discovered yesterday that collards need frost to make them sweet. The greenhouse interior is humid and much warmer than the outside temperature. Arrrggghhh! Anyway, will PM you to profile page when I post photos. Thx for your interest.


47 posted on 11/24/2012 8:20:39 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: Silentgypsy
welcome and thx...
48 posted on 11/24/2012 8:35:18 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: RoosterRedux

I was being snarky about Obama and all his Green zealots.


49 posted on 11/24/2012 9:05:30 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I wouldn’t want to live in an 8x12 in Afghanistan either. (Though I am greatful to those who did. Thanks for your service.)

If you goal is cheap domestic housing then stick with single wide mobile homes and use the storage crates for storage.


50 posted on 11/24/2012 9:41:44 AM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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