Category Archives: CONTAINER HOMES

House made of 31 shipping containers

This jaw-dropping Brisbane property, made out of 31 shipping containers, is a one-off bespoke design by experienced builder Todd Miller of Zeigler Build. The only other similar house in Australia has been built from five containers.

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Situated on 706 square metres in Graceville, the spectacular home stands out in a quiet neighbourhood of more traditional Queensland properties. Only 8 kms away from the Brisbane CBD, it feels like another world.

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Sprawling over three levels it features clean lines, open spaces and quality finishes.

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Glass maximises natural light and a mix of materials, including the signature containers, cleverly used to industrial chic effect.

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There are four bedrooms positioned over two levels. The master encompasses the entire upper level, with extensive walk-in robes and a private ensuite with tiled mural.

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Outdoor spaces are spread throughout, maximising the tropical climate

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Other features include a mezzanine reading room, a pull out queen wall bed in the rumpus room, an art study, workshop, gym space, water tank and saltwater pool.

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It’s solar ready and has been constructed to flood code.

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Hear this interview with the builder of this huge container built home Todd Miller

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Henry Sapiecha

 

 

 

Bondi shipping container house wins award

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What is it about shipping containers? From innovative downsizers, to grand designers, the humble shipping container has become a popular, unique choice of material to fashion remarkable properties.

Last year we saw this stunning Brisbane property made of 31 shipping containers wide eyes and make headlines. Now a design competition has invited architects to create a vacation home created entirely from shipping containers – and the winner is another stunner.

Czech architect Ales Javurek won the AC-CA (Architectural Competition – Concours d’Architecture) with his plans for a stunning and sustainable holiday home overlooking Sydney’s Bondi Beach made out of steel shipping containers and wood panels.

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The two-storey home draws on and complements the natural surrounds of Bondi. It features an open concept living space on the entrance level, bedrooms on the upper floor and a roof garden (which also acts as insulation). Wooden slabs are used to define spaces and create zoning throughout the home, while wooden pergolas protect from solar exposure. The design makes use of natural ventilation and light to regulate internal temperature, while glazing adds an additional layer of sustainable support.

“I believe that internal connection between spaces and users’ circulation is absolutely essential. That is why I provided clear, straight connections between platforms with barrier-free entrance and corridors which are orthogonal to the main axis,” explained Javurek.

 Shipping containers are appealing not just because of their distinctive design aesthetic, but their stackability, which can mean quick and efficient construction.

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Henry Sapiecha

WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE LIVING IN A GRANNY FLAT

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For the last eight months I have lived in a granny flat out the back of my aunt and uncle’s house, forking out just $100 per week.

I’m not the only Aussie embracing these daggy dwellings. The Department of Planning and Environment reports there were 4818 granny flats and dual occupancies approved in 2013/14; an increase of 68 per cent in a year.

People use them for home offices and art studios, extra storage and for housing their teenage children or elderly parents (close enough to keep an eye on them, enough distance to keep the peace).

Indeed, if family folklore is correct my own granny flat once served as an office to sell the display homes on our street.

In a world of million-dollar medians I’m likely to be calling my little pad home for quite some time to come, which is perfectly fine by me – a granny flat is a bit like all the other types of dwellings, only better. And here’s why.

While similar to apartment living, there’s the bonus of not having to share a building with other pesky residents. Not once have I had to deal with noise coming from the apartment above or below me.

A granny flat is a bit like a Tiny House but it has a more humble reputation; people don’t make Pinterest accounts and write blogs about the #journey of their granny flat and how it has transformed them.

My granny flat is minimalist, but not in a cool Scandinavian way. I’m not even one of those people who is passionate about downsizing; it’s just that I haven’t had much time to accumulate a lot of things.

Then there’s the name. Saying you live in a granny flat definitely does not sound cool, but it does kinda sounds hip in an ironic way.

It looks like a miniature house. The reason people like babies so much is that they’re tiny humans and they like cats so much because they look like tiny lions. This principle can also be applied to granny flats.

There are two types of granny-flat residents; those who spend time with their landlords up in the normal-sized house, and those who don’t. I’m grateful to belong to the former category.

For me, renting a granny flat from my super cool (assuming they’re reading this) family members in the house adjacent means I benefit from the good parts of living with other people. I get to eat dinner with them (and not cook), and watch ‘quality’ shows with them at night. Sometimes, they even pick me up from the bus stop when it’s raining. It is also brilliant because we don’t have to have social interactions before midday – my peak time for brooding, caused by my hatred of mornings.

It’s also mostly like living by myself. I can stay up as late as I want because no one tells me not to watch Netflix.

Sure, life in a granny flat isn’t perfect. I don’t do a lot of cooking but if I did I would probably feel disappointed by my “kitchen” (a bench top with a little camp oven, sink, toaster and kettle). There’s also the issue of the smell of brewed coffee hanging around for two days, which feels inappropriate when I’m trying to sleep.

My granny flat is the right size for me. I’ve grown so much over the last year but it’s still just the right size. All the words from all the stories I’ve read, all the songs I’ve listened to, all the hopeless meals I’ve eaten, all the long-winded phone calls I’ve made, they all fit perfectly inside my little flat. All the things that belong to me – tangible and intangible – are there.

Granny flats definitely aren’t suited to everyone, but they are perfect for grandparents, young couples, or for a sentimental individual like myself.

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Henry Sapiecha