Shipping Container Home in Gainesville Florida

One of our readers Peter Christiansen brought this shipping container home in Gainesville Florida to my attention.

It was built using recycled 15-year-old shipping containers that otherwise would have been melted down because their useful life cycle was over.

There’s a total of 12 used containers that he has used for his home. Some of them serve as a porch and most others as part of the home.

Not exactly tiny or even small.. But definitely green thanks to its use of reclaimed materials and solar power technology to power the home.

It took 9 months to build the house. The owner is getting a LEED Platinum certification for the house because he saved so much CO2.

The house has so many solar panels that it actually creates more power than it uses. In fact, his panels also power some of his neighbors homes.

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Watch the video tour and interview with the owner below:

Source: http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/free/20121116shipping-containers-condos-detroit.html

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  • TomLeeM November 18, 2012, 6:03 pm

    It might be tiny or small but it is very green and – IMO – very cool. :) I think it is a very creative use of the containers that they have so many of.

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    • Alex November 20, 2012, 10:14 am

      Thanks Tom, I agree!

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  • deborah November 19, 2012, 2:39 pm

    That was the worst video I have ever wasted bandwidth on!!!!

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    • Alex November 20, 2012, 10:14 am

      Sorry you didn’t like it Deborah :[

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  • johnny hall November 24, 2012, 10:33 am

    i love this. its not too far from me either. i like how this builder also used the shippping containers as perimeter fencing too. florida is a tough place to get any building dept. to be flexible too. thumbs up brother! and wtg!

    i would love to tour this build even though i have far less size need , this is way cool imho.

    best regards and brightest blessings , john in obrien fla. 32071

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  • Pete November 24, 2012, 12:57 pm

    Great video. Curious as square footage, project cost, etc. Think recycling and reducing carbon foot print is one if the things an individual can do to help our planet. Thanks for informative video.

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  • Charlie November 24, 2012, 3:12 pm

    Very practical. No need to be literally small if the eco footprint is small. I don’t suppose he has a water catchment system?

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  • jerryd November 24, 2012, 6:42 pm

    The problem with metal containers is heating or cooling them. They are way too hot or cold and unless you biuild insulated walls around them which kinda defeats their purpose, they just cost too much in enegy to run comfortably.

    One way would be would be use them inside as structure with a large shell around them with insulation in that. Stacking 40′ units 2 on the bottom with 2 bridging across them on their end makes quite a bit of interior space between them. Again put an insulating shell for energy eff. But none of these could be called a tiny home.

    2 20′ units with a roof between them but that needs a lot of insulated outside walls for no extra space.

    So if one is thinking about using these make sure to take these things into account especially energy costs. Even free energy like we say about wind in sailboats, costs a lot to catch it.

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  • Sandy Stinson February 23, 2013, 10:07 pm

    Love the house and so great that you can give your neighbors free green power, not too sure if our North Pacific winters would work but I am very curious to know how the green house part works, is it the entire middle of
    section of the house. I would spend a bit of money to buy a plan on line,
    my dream is to be a part of a new subdivision of these kinds of places and
    it is pretty hard to fight with a Leeds Certification .

    Sandy

    Eco Broker Vancouver Island BC

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