Architects turning shipping containers into homes

It could be your new home. After traveling the world some shipping containers are being converted to one-bedroom apartments. The containers arrived a few days ago.

"At first we didn't know that we would get a response, didn't know what to expect, and it has been really overwhelming," said Architect Brian Stark.

The project, located at 12th and Grand Avenues, is in the heart of the revitalized section of Grand Ave.

"I was a little concerned that maybe the neighbors wouldn't accept what we were doing, but it has been wonderful," said Wesley James.

Two containers are joined to create an open floor plan, with a good sized bedroom.

"You can see the two containers where they are cut down the middle, and this will form the bedroom. Behind you is the kitchen and the closet," said Stark.

The containers were built to handle all kinds of weather, so the architects say our desert heat won't be a problem.

"We will insulate it just like we insulate your typical house... it is going to have no problem at all with cooling," he said.

Measuring about 750 square feet, the containers will rent for around $1,000 a month, and there has already been plenty of interest.

"We are certainly happy to be part of what is going on downtown; it is way bigger than us for sure," said James.

Right now, eight units are under construction, and 12 more may be on the way. While the insides will be transformed, don't expect many changes to the exterior.

"For us it is a container, and we want to show that it is a container, and not try to hide it or cover it up, any of the damage or the rust you see it is patina, it is what the container has been through across the ocean. We definitely want to see that," said Stark.
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