Our shop in Chicago has put together this 2-story building made from 3 containers. They made it to show how a few of the modifications can work for their customers.  The first floor is one large open room that spans two 40' containers wide. 

They used used containers to show how well they work for this kind of project. They cut out the walls of both of the ground-floor containers and then built back in support for the container roofs where the two containers meet.  The floors were coated with a clear epoxy to seal them up from the inside. 

They installed a stair case that takes up about half of the width of one of the containers and by having turn and landing in the stairs, the staircase was able to take up minimal space in the container and require minimal cutting in the second story container floor.

The second floor is a single container plus a deck.  They installed a railing and decking material to make it safe.  They also used left over pieces of the container walls to create an awning over the second story.

Since this is to show off how certain parts of the modifications work, it is not insulated, nor does it have plumbing.

Hopefully this will give you some inspiration when planning your container project!

LIGHTHOUSE (a 20's container hotel room) was featured at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Third Thursday series on sustainability.

LIGHTHOUSE (a 20's container hotel room) was featured at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Third Thursday series on sustainability.

LIGHTHOUSE premiered their 20' container hotel room yesterday at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Third Thursday.  LIGHTHOUSE, in their own words is "an urban ecotourism beacon and postcard for sustainability."  For a full description and drawings of the container, click here or here for info from the MIA. Alchemy Architects, the builders of WeeHouse, led the project.  The added bonus - the container came from Super Cubes!!

Super Cubes and Alchemy worked together to find the right container for their needs.  We added in two openings for them for the windows.  We then brought the container over to the U of MN for students from the College of Design and various other partners to insulate the container and finish it with incredible high-end materials to create a self-sustained container.  It is powered by solar power on the roof.  It has a closed water system so it does not need to be connected to water and sewer, allowing the container to go to all sorts of different places.

The layout of the container makes the most of every cubic inch of the container.  The container doors open to a wall of glass including the entry to the container.  There is a small seating area by the big windows.  There is a small step up (to provide room for the plumbing below) to a smaller area with the sink and the door to the bathroom.  The small bathroom has both the toilet and shower in one.  Beyond the sink and door to the bathroom is the bed with a large window.  The bedroom area is narrower than the front front of the container because the mechanical room takes up a small area next to the bedroom.  That area is only accessible from the outside of the container which makes servicing the container easier without disturbing guests.

Naturally, Super Cubes went to the big reveal at the MIA event. I took pictures and videos of the container.  I was accompanied by my associate who thought the whole thing was fascinating. Apologies in advance for the less-than-steady video, but the container was attracting a TON of excitement so there were lots of people in a small area.

I also took some videos.  Apologies that they are not that great.

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Super Cubes LOVES container homes.  That is no mystery to anyone who reads this blog.  But most of the time we repost pictures and stories about container homes and buildings that we had no part in.  Not today!!!  We are SO excited that a Super Cubes customer is making an 8-container home using Super Cubes containers!  The customer was so generous to let us come on over for the big crane day to lift the containers into place.  Check it out!

The couple first approached us back in January about containers.  They had their own architect and structural engineer as well as welders to do all the work on the home, they just needed to add containers.  After going through all the necessary hoops to get everything approved, the land surveyed (twice!), and the usual weather delays, they were finally ready to get going.  We staged the containers at a location a couple of miles from their new home.  This allowed us to get the containers nearby and speed things up for the big day.  Even with lots of planning, we staged the containers in the first half of April and weren't ready for them until May.

Crane rentals are VERY expensive.  You are paying for a crane, but also several operators and workers necessary to make sure everything goes smoothly and safely.  For that reason, it was critical that we got all the containers in place in one day.  We encountered the typical construction problem - a snag with the timing.  The steel beams that support the containers on top of the foundation were late coming in, which meant that not only did we need to get the 8 containers placed in one day, the beams had to be placed and welded as well. 

Luckily, the homeowners had a great crew at the ready and everything moved along at a great pace.  We were a couple of hours late starting on the containers, but still managed to get them in place in one day. There was a slight rain delay at one point and some severe weather, but They all got in!

The homeowners are an amazing couple that had a real vision of what they wanted and went about it in just the right way - working with an architect and structural engineer to design the house.  They found the welders and other sub-contractors that they will need to do the work on the house, as well as working on it themselves. They were also realistic in that the container is a great building material, but it has limits as well.  They had to make some tough choices on their original wish list and the final design, but finalized a great open-plan house that will be stunning.

Below are pictures of the project with some descriptions.  It was great to get to be a part of this project and we can't wait to see the final house!