House in a Box!

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Houses made from shipping containers! All you'd have to do is put in a pellet stove, vented right through the wall. Heat that sucker up good.
If our kids are going to stay on this island, it seems stupid for them to spend huge amounts of money on rent. We can just put one of these in the back yard. There's enough brush to provide the feeling of separateness.

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 19:15 (sixteen years ago) link

I also love the Katrina Cottage:

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 19:17 (sixteen years ago) link

And here are some REALLY tiny ones for JBR.

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 19:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Ed (dali), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 23:42 (sixteen years ago) link


some friends in AZ had a neighbor who knocked down all the walls in their one story house and turned it into a sprawling studio type of thing, and then built a "pod" to sleep in in the back yard which was basically four walls, a roof and floor, a queen size bed, two night stands, a sliding glass door, a small skylight, an air conditioner, and a small porch all sitting two feet above the ground and surrounded by corrugated steel. i really wish i had pictures because it was the coolest thing and i'm probably doing a horrible job describing it. they could walk out of thier bedroom and sit on thier porch naked if they wanted to without any neighbors seeing them.

grady (grady), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 23:51 (sixteen years ago) link

do they insulate these properly?

tehresa (tehresa), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 23:58 (sixteen years ago) link

"girl I'll box you"

haitch (not haitch) (haitch), Thursday, 30 November 2006 00:26 (sixteen years ago) link

I love that truck-trailer-looking one!

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Thursday, 30 November 2006 00:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Tehresa, the house-in-a-box one is made out of insulated panels, plus it's so small—heating it would be cheap.

The Panels

Through the efficient combination of urethane insulation with pre painted galvanized steel sheets, house in a box's light weight composite building panel is produced. with an Insulation rating of an R24, and a 20 year exterior painted finish.

It's a METAL house! Like a Lustron house.

A friend of mine lives in one of those in Bloomington, Indiana. She loves it. The army used to give them away. She thinks they still might—I don't know.

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Thursday, 30 November 2006 00:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Lustron houses never needed painting, and could be cleaned with a hose


grady (grady), Thursday, 30 November 2006 00:40 (sixteen years ago) link

No House in a Box price list, no credibility.

milo (milo), Thursday, 30 November 2006 00:41 (sixteen years ago) link

When you click on "contact" there's a place where you choose a budget. 35,000-55,000 being the cheapest choice. Not bad for a whole damn house with a toilet and everything.

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Thursday, 30 November 2006 00:47 (sixteen years ago) link

A friend of mine who I've never met lives in a Sears house. She still has the instruction book for it, too. I WANT ONE!

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Thursday, 30 November 2006 10:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Whatever happened to those "House of the Future"s you used to hear so much about?

Naturally, they are of the past now.

But what happened to them?

M Grout (Mark Grout), Thursday, 30 November 2006 12:05 (sixteen years ago) link

I remember a big fuss around Phillipe Stark's house in a box. It was just a box with plans in it and a hammer. he did build at least one and it looked very nice - kinda log cabin style.

Ned T.Rifle (Ned T.Rifle), Thursday, 30 November 2006 12:27 (sixteen years ago) link

seven years pass...

jergins, Monday, 28 April 2014 05:16 (eight years ago) link

i have been thinking of turning this into a box house

jergins, Thursday, 1 May 2014 04:51 (eight years ago) link

no antlers. not quite a box.

jergins, Thursday, 1 May 2014 04:52 (eight years ago) link

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