Thursday, March 5, 2009


The 8747 House located outside Springfield, Mo is a minimalist home built from shipping containers.

Marty Montgomery, the creative mind behind the house, wanted an affordable, sustainable home that would blend into the natural surrounding. By working with the architectural firm Workshop 308, she was able to put her idea into motion.

"I just wandered in there one day and said 'I would like to build a house that's modern and I have $150,000 dollars to spend. I'd like it to look like it fits with the surroundings and has concrete floors, a lot of glass and maybe metal siding,'" Montgomery recollects. "And they knew exactly what I was talking about."

The firm's initial design did not fit within Montgomery's strict budget. As a cost-saving measure, she and architects hit upon the idea of using shipping containers for the infrastructure of the house. Using the containers results in a 40% cost savings over standard stick-frame construction. The sturdiness of the containers is also an asset in a tornado-prone area like Missouri.

The unique dimensions of the containers had to be considered in the design. Through the use of natural light and ventilation the home is made to feel less industrial. Recessed lighting and spray-foam insulation help offset the low ceilings and thin walls. Sustainable features of the home include solar water heaters, hydronic radiant heat flooring and energy-efficient windows and skylights.

Source: Waste Age

1 comment:

Ben Dicosta said...

Recessed lighting sits inside a casing in the ceiling so the fixture is not exposed. Thanks to recessed lighting When used outdoors, this type of lighting seems to glow, offering a certain ambiance to the night air.