This is a reconstruction of a previously published post lost when a Porsche crashed into our server farm.
A commenter at BoingBoing noted that our roundup of container housing did not include the Redondo Beach house by DeMaria Design; I am pleased to rectify that herein. The house is a hybrid design that takes advantage of the best attributes of containers, (cheap, strong and rigid) and minimizes their defects (narrow inside) by combining them with conventional construction to create impressive spaces between two rows of stacked containers.
Owners Anna and Sven use those big spaces well; it has a climbing wall and Anna told the Los Angeles Times: "Sven and I are sports fanatics. We're going to put a zip line —a tight steel cable — down a hallway, so you can reach up, grab the handles, and ride to the next room. We'll probably also put in some swings, some gymnastic rings. Those are the kinds of things we like to do. We figured, why wait 'til you go to the gym or go off on a weekend or a vacation to do that sort of thing?"
Good coverage on in 98 second video
Another advantage of the hybridization of conventional and container is that the complex stuff, like kitchens and bathrooms, can be done in the factory while the simple stuff, like enclosing big volumes, can be done quickly on site. Michelle Kaufmann does much the same thing in her Breeze House design, where two prefab wings support a site-built roof.
I do have some reservations; the house is always carefully photographed from the far right to avoid showing this ramp down to a three-car basement garage. These kinds of ramps are banned in many cities because they take up the entire front yard and create ugly streetscapes. I have also previously expressed concern about the high-tech "NASA developed ceramic" insulation, for which I was roundly criticized as a flat-earther know-nothing.
But other than those picayune concerns, it is a great example of how to get the best of both worlds by combining the best attributes of both conventional and container construction. See more at DaMaria Design and I look forward to seeing it go mainstream with Logical Homes.
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