colorado firefighter assembles nine shipping containers into a family home in denver
 

colorado firefighter assembles nine shipping containers into a family home in denver

transforming shipping containers into living spaces is not new. in the past, we’ve seen how architects have made clippings, coatings and insertions on external elements to repurpose the steel boxes. following a work-related injury, denver-based firefighter regan foster decided to build a house using nine shipping containers and metamorphosing them into a massive 3,840 square foot (356.75 m²) home that could’ve easily been designed by any architect.

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created in collaboration with architect joe simmons of bluesky studio, the foster residence by regan foster in colorado is composed of four shipping containers placed on the ground in pairs and separated by 24 feet (7.32 m). after that, four other containers were stacked on top of them, with some being cantilevered over the ground floor. the ninth container sits at 90º to the back of the second level, creating a U-shape. in order to have natural light flood the interior, the containers feature cuts throughout its façade.

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the massive house comprises seven bedrooms, five bathrooms and a large open space hosting the living and dinning room, and the kitchen. the 25-foot ceilings together with the industrial feeling of the dwelling, showcase a relaxed space perfect for family life. the main area also leads into a patio complete with a barbecue for the summer days and nights.

 

after completing the project, the firefighter earned his GC license, retired from the fire department and is now ready to pursue new opportunities in the construction industry. for us, the family rents the house on airbnb occasionally.

colorado firefighter assembles nine shipping containers into a family home in denver designboom

colorado firefighter assembles nine shipping containers into a family home in denver designboom

colorado firefighter assembles nine shipping containers into a family home in denver designboom

colorado firefighter assembles nine shipping containers into a family home in denver designboom

colorado firefighter assembles nine shipping containers into a family home in denver designboom

colorado firefighter assembles nine shipping containers into a family home in denver designboom

colorado firefighter assembles nine shipping containers into a family home in denver designboom

  • This is nothing but stunning! My main concern – insulation in Colorado! It gets so hot and so cold. How do you handle both elements?

    Courtney
  • This looks great.. what was the total cost of construction

    Meher e
  • Adam B

    Containers are classified by what they have carried in the past. There’s a need to have containers that have never carried chemicals/fertilizer for foods/medicines/furniture/clothing! These do cost more than the others but their available & of course there’s one time use containers that you can chose from depending on what they carried!

    Of course the “cheap” route involves sealing the floors with epoxy resin.

    PS One of the best ones I’ve ever seen.

    Q-What kind of Moped/Motorcycle is that?

    Don S
  • I have always been worried about the previous contents of containers which would more likely than not include pesticides and fertilisers – long term exposure to which is known to be detrimental to health & wellbeing. How was this approached?

    Adam B
  • This is the closest to the desgn I had in mind. Im planning to build one in Florida. Would you mind sharing more details or blueprints? Thanks

    Mark Salner

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