Maersk container home

Is that a shipping container hanging off the third floor?

Yes, more than a dozen modular shipping containers from Maersk and Saejin are integrated into this 3 story steel and concrete brick home in the Rice Military neighborhood.



16 thoughts on “Maersk container home

  1. Hey, it’s even happening in “third world countries” like “Mississippi, USA!” LOL!
    My family is currently building a 5,600 sq ft home, out of 40′ containers, and recycled aircraft hangar components.
    It’s been a struggle, but not in the way you’d expect. The most difficult part is the “politics of the project.” Views are “narrow” here…
    One of the most important parts of this for us, is sharing what we’ve learned, with others!
    Check my blog, for a blow-by-blow of the construction action!

  2. Very cool renaissance man- but a 5600sqft single family home in the USA is above the average needed for a family a four, that in itself is environmentally taxing. Try splitting into 2 single family homes in that 5600sqft space to be even more green… send some pics my way as you get further along.

    1. Why just because someone is using containers do people have to be so ignorant to say that they need to be green? Thats the whole problem with so called green people! If you save one tree you are still looked down upon because you didnt save two! If i work my butt off and want a 5600 sq ft home im going to build my damn home! If i want 1 car or 20 it is no concern of anyone else! I worked for it i paid for it if you dont like it i dont care!

      1. you can do whatever you want Jake, but just be aware of what you do and use affects everyone.

  3. xnomad: 1600 sq ft is actually “garage space,” as the entire first floor is not allowable as “living space.” due to flood conditions and code. (I’m in South Mississippi, remember?) The actual house starts 12 feet off the ground.
    It seems large, but it really isn’t as big as you’d think. The house itself provides 4000 sq ft of living space under ac. It’s handicapped accessible, because my wife _is_ physically challenged. That made requirements for space “above average.” It includes a home office (I consult from home), areas designated as R&D space, and great room configurations.
    Fully 75% of the construction materials are recycled, reconditioned, or reclaimed.
    As it’s a “superinsulated envelope” my energy consumption is comparable to a traditional (stick built) 1900 square foot home. We’ll use a “fresh-air furnace,” instead of traditional AC/heat.
    The home also implements passive and active solar tech, along with radiant heat/cooling (geothermal hvac, connected to “fresh-air furnace).
    The “rooftops” are “green spaces,” complimented by production gardens, and greenhouses. A built in water retention system aids “irrigation.”
    Decks allow outside living, with reduced footprint.
    My “environmentally taxing” home will have a dramatically smaller footprint, than the house next door…
    Think of it as a home I can afford to live with, as opposed to “in.” And one that my family can grow in, without fear of “outgrowing.”
    I’m working with USGB-LEED advisors, to insure that we “award” highly. I want others to see that the average guy, can do this for his family, without breaking the bank, or getting into situations beyond “average understanding.”
    From start to finish, we’ll spend less than $200k building this home. We’ll spend approximately $40 a square foot. That’s well below “average construction.”
    My blog documents the whole process, and I hope others learn from it… I pray that they do. Sharing what we’ve learned is an important part of the process. If we help one family, as we save ours, we’ll feel blessed…

  4. How did you go about making sure you met code requirements, as the shipping containers are not typical uses for construction? How did the inspector view the property in regards to the city? Did you call it a modular home when sending in your plans? I am ready to buy some land and I have been studying the Shipping containers for about 2 years now. But I have not seen any one blog about the step -by-step process for procuring the right to biuld such structures in residential areas. They have done it but I have not read how they present it to he city.
    I want to build in Georgia. What is your advice?

  5. Hello
    I want to run a project like this that you have provided in my country Iran
    Please help me in this area and for completing engineering research documents and send me strength
    I intend to get a company representative is the fact that this new structure and new plan is in need of information and the details of this type of structure
    Thanks to you from M.

  6. I just came upon this forum and interested in supporting folks learn more about building with alternative materials. I’m a project manager for Moduluxe, which is a full service contractor specializing in shipping container based buildings. We’ve built several homes and buildings in Houston and have a deep knowledge of the codes/permitting process in making these homes. Feel free to visit our website and make contact if you have any questions.

    John Dang

  7. I stumbled over this rather old post because of the updates of your readers – some useful links added the comments section.

    Particularly liked the Moduluxe site and the Cordell Home.

    We have a series of hands on How to Build your own Shipping Container Videos available for anyone interested from an Owner Builder perspective.

    First 30 minute video is here

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