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Man stacks three shipping containers without welding to create incredible “bridge” home
They originally stacked the shipping containers for storage. But once they saw them stacked their creativity flared and the urge to turn the containers into a home became too loud to ignore.
Elijah Chan
08.22.22

Ever had a project you enjoyed so much that it ended up not being what you intended?

Container homes sparked the interest of many who wanted to transition to a more minimalistic style of living.

People fell in love with the idea of its modularity and the fact that all you had to do is punch holes for windows, doors, and plumbing and you’re essentially good to go.

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Pivoting a dream project

In Basque Country in Spain, a couple pivoted their container home project.

At first, they wanted to solve their problems regarding storage space. They bought cargo containers to serve as a temporary holding space for their things.

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YouTube Screenshot - Kirsten Dirksen

However, when they were stacking the containers one after the other, their creativity flared.

It sparked their imagination and the urge to turn the containers into a home became too loud to ignore.

It’s made up of three containers.

Two are placed on the ground and are parallel to each other while the last one sits on top of both and spans the gap between them.

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The pieces are not welded together and are stacked as they should if they were aboard a ship.

Three containers, three uses.

The three containers serve different purposes which realizes the potential of their modularity.

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The one on top serves as the “night room” where the bed area and the toilet area are located.

One of the containers below is the “day room” where the kitchen, dining room, and living room are located. The last container serves as a two-car garage.

From €4,500 to priceless.

For an initial investment of €4,500 for all the containers, they created a house fit for a couple.

As with other homes, the structures were lined with insulation. The second-floor container has three layers underneath since it’s suspended above the ground.

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The vision for the house is for the outside to look industrial but for the inside to look warm and cozy.

The first-floor area contains three spaces.

The kitchen comes with a stove and oven, a spacious kitchen island, and a sink.

And while we can expect that the house is made of lightweight and “temporary” materials, the house has an impeccable collection.

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The living area has a couch and a small hanging fireplace. The owners said it’s more than enough to heat the container, especially since Basque has humid and rainy weather.

They also have a dining area fit for four people and a breakfast nook by the large window that also serves as their office.

The window faces the rolling hills just across the highway.

The second floor is simple but well designed.

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They reserved a nook for the toilet. Their sink and dresser are a wooden workbench Garces inherited from his grandfather.

The wooden blocks serve as a perfect accent which gives the space a natural touch.

They also have a 100-year-old bathtub they salvaged from a house. And right at the end of the room is a full-sized bed right beside the window.

2.5 meters of space

Even with just 2.5 meters of space, they made the containers functional and spacious.

Garces shared that this house breaks the earlier perceptions of what a house should look like.

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It might not have a limestone façade or a gabled roof, but it’s still a perfect architectural endeavor.

After all, if you’re going to make something your house, you have to make it unique.

See how this couple turned 3 containers into a bridge house in the video below!

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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