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Shipping Container

Reclaimed off grid living space, Barton in Fabis.

Project Outline:
Create an off grid living space from a raw shipping container.

With the container itself already setting the dimensions, the brief here was to make the space as practical and as cosy as possible within the limits of the space.

I had always wanted to recycle and transform an old shipping container.  Once we had the container on site and securely in position, we were able to cut a hole for the reclaimed double doors.  Once the doors were fitted to a new timber frame, we then set about fixing the cladding, insulating and sealing. Being off grid it needed a solar ventilation system to prevent condensation and to keep the air circulating. We also fitted a solar system for the lighting.

Birch plywood paneling warmed the interior, and has settled further since the owners have added their finishing touches. The bed looks and is really cosy, with ample storage underneath. It is hard to believe it is inside a metal box. They have made good use of the space including extra chairs near the wood stove, and plenty of reading material for a getaway holiday. Perfect. I am so happy with how this has turned out and the clients are too.  It is already booking up just with family wanting to stay never mind Air BnB possibilities.

photography by Gavin Joynt