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Published on Sep 9, 2017
The owners of this unique small house dreamed of living a simpler life on their rural property in Costa Rica. Not wanting to take on a large debt, they were receptive when their architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe suggested constructing their new home from used shipping containers. The resulting house was built in 2011 for $40,000. The design uses two 40-foot shipping containers placed alongside each other with a gap between. The gap was filled in to create a central corridor with the rooms arranged along either side. It has a raised roof constructed from the sections of container wall that were removed for windows and other openings. The two containers are also offset laterally, adding interest to the floor plan and making the house seem larger.