In my continuing quest to design affordable, easily constructed homes for the “little guy” (that would be people like me who make less than $200k a year), I came up with an idea for a 320 square foot home made out of two 20′ standard “high cube” shipping containers. This is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home completely paired down to the absolute essentials. It’s not flashy, it’s certainly not a mcmansion, but it’s certainly enough to get started with. In designing the floor plan, I used european design sensibilities to maximize the available space, since the square footage is limited. The use of outdoor space to supplement anything lacking indoors is key in a new way of living that thinks outside the box – pun intended.
The roof is elevated in order to put any utilities above the cube so as not to take up precious space indoors. The high pitch of the roof (5:12) would allow for construction in nearly any climate and also takes advantage of water reclamation for use in washing dishes/clothes and flushing toilets to minimize the need for city services. Obviously plenty of daylight is let in via operable awning windows that also aid in passive ventilation thus reducing the need for hvac and electric lighting during the daytime hours.
Below are some preview images of the model without any material rendering as of yet. The real purpose of these designs is to convey form and intent. Material and color is all up to the client/homeowner. Finished floor plans are under development, so stay tuned for updates.
[editor’s note: after starring at my “unrendered” images for a while I got tired of the blandness of them and decided to add some texture, material and color. below you’ll see the posts are 6×6 pressure treated wood, the roof is standing seam metal with integrated solar cells, the cladding is a combination of stucco (at front entry) and vertical siding. The windows are designed to be either wood, vinyl or aluminum storefront as budget would allow. Finish off with simple concrete piers and wood decks and you’ve got yourself one sexy “Corten Castle” (term copywrited by renaissance ronin).]