Introduction: Container House
Third Prize in the
Improve Your Room Youth Design Challenge
I am entering this contest to showcase my dream house (something that would be really cool for parties and retreats). I know it's not a room- more a house, but I guess the Main (connecting) room would be my favorite if I had to choose. I am a high school student that really likes designing all sorts of things, not just architecture. I was playing on sketch-up, and this is what I came up with.
The house is a rural, standardized, and even beautiful home that would be easy(ish) and relatively cheap to set up almost everywhere. There are different kinds of houses with the same kinda look, but the way I use it and the furnishings inside of it are unique to my design. The following pictures are exported jpegs from skech-up (not 3ds max sadly) so they aren't exactly what I designed, so look in the descriptions to see my view. If you've ever used sketch-up, you know how temperamental it is, so not everything is perfect (like the second level floating 2" of of the first).
Step 1: The Main House
These are the main views of the house, four forty-feet containers stacked and anchored to a concrete foundation. The top two containers are placed past the half way point of the bottom containers and bolted together to keep the top floor where it should be. One of the views shows a front door under the top level of the house, and a garage door on the side. It is not for parking, but to open up the main room. Yes, a land rover (seemed like a fitting car) is parked out front but can be parked under the top floor where the door is to protect it. On the top layer (where there is usually a solid wall) floor to celling glass has been placed showing into the office and bedroom. You can barely see the deck on the back (on the second layer), but it is there! Finally, the view of the adjacent side shows off two industrial rail-rolling glass doors which enter into the main room and kitchen.
Step 2: Main Room
You may want to come back to this step to place yourself (sorry for the bad views)
The main room is like the den where all of the rooms are connected. For structural rigidity, the bottom beam of the above containers still have to exist to keep the thing from ripping in half and falling on your land rover. Two ladders on opposite sides of the room lead to the bedroom and office (on the car side) and to the deck (on the opposite side). The main view is through that garage door, open to show the outside. In front of that door (on the inside) is a projector screen (huge just because: football games, home movies, hey, I'm a guy, it cant be to big) connected to the hd projector conveniently hanging on the beam in the middle of the room. Where the beams meet in the middle of the room on the floor is a mistake, you don't need those on the concrete base, but Sketch-up would have deleted the entire beam, so ignore. The furniture is ikea stuff in my mind, not what is there. Since this is my dream home with a over the top budget, I would hook that projector up to an Xbox 360, PS4, Apple TV, the Mac Pro in the office, and cable box. (apple haters, envision a chrome cast ) The office and room are next to each other on the top floor for clarification. With the floor of the second level cut out, it makes a vaulted celling, loft-like feel which makes the room feel bigger. Note, next to the ladder that goes to the bedroom and office is the front door. Because Sketch-Up makes it hard to not throw the computer across the room, I didn't include walls, but you could easily insulate and apply drywall to it.
Step 3: The Bedroom
The bedroom is above the door, and you immediately enter the room once up the steps. The room is a total Ikea-box-combonation-unit of all the good-looking, expensive bedroom families (like the pax system, ect.) made to be effective in a small space. Adjacent bed is (of course) a huge 60" tv connected to the same kind of stuff as th big projector downstairs for sick days and when your supposed to be sleeping or studying. Next to the tv is the entrance to the office.
Step 4: The Office
The office is strait forward, being the same size as the bedroom with a desk overlooking the front of the house with that floor to celling glass (which can be covered with those cool cordless shades if your doing top secret assignments). The computer is of course a Mac Pro (most powerful) with a 30" monitor connected to the projector downstairs). The back wall is there to section a supposedly distraction free office (yea, right, with that mac pro.... all the gaming...) from the projector. That black frame was supposed to be a small window, but sketch-up hated me that day and wouldn't work. Near the back is a ikea expedit shelving unit. From that outside view, you can see the bedroom which has the same shades, probably some cool accent colors.
Step 5: The Kitchen
As you can tell, it isn't the most exciting part of the house, but the microwave burritos need to be reheated somewhere. It includes a electric or gas stove and oven (look, I even made the smoke vent thingy for when my dinner catches fire) with a sink and microwave combo countertop. In retrospect, it's nice that the microwave is out of the way, but underneath the sink is not the best idea. The fridge is a fridge, and as long as it can hold ice-cream and soda, it's good. There is another window, but of course sketch up didn't want to press through. The kitchen is the second rolling glass door on the side, but what if a bad storm or you just wanted the doors sealed? I have a plan. It is complicated for me to try in sketch-up, but the panel that is cut out when constucting the opening is saved and hinged to the top of the opening to swing down and lock when needed. (it would be hydraulic with sensors to keep it from closing on you like a garage door)
Step 6: The Bathroom
Every house needs one for nightly reading, but it isn't the most exciting room. (you can tell the excitement of the room with the order it's in) It would have everything any bathroom would have, and would have one of those rolling glass doors doors from outside.(solid though to keep privacy) It makes it look better from the outside. It is located behind the ladder lading up to the deck.
Step 7: The Deck
"Why is the deck last?! It should be first! This is where the party's at!" Well, this is the least thought out area in the house. There are two sliding glass doors (which sketch-up decided not to let me punch through) to enter the deck, but the deck has nothing on it, and it isn't extendible like the ground is. It would be a real pain to try to get a bicycle or a grill up there. It has no drainage. And worst of all, I couldn't find a place to put a tv! I also don't know how bad drainage would be, and there is no way that it would hold enough people for a legit party. I would put it on the ground near the garage door so I could open it up to reveal the main den. Sorry.
Step 8: Final Thoughts
Because it is a big metal oven, placement of the house would be key. My dream was to have it in somewhere in oregon, like the picture, more suburban, but still aloneish. Not where I currently live in the desert, Santa Clarita. It would be ok, but AC bills would soon surpass the price of the entire house. I found shipping containers in the basic $2,000 range each, plus the furniture around $10,000 for high quality everything, plus those hidden fees for building, moving, basic supplies, $10,000. That most likely doesn't cover everything, oh wait, land. Oops. Anyway, if you claimed land SOMEHOW for free, the house could cost possibly $40,000. I'm not sure. Plus the Landrover: $62,000. Yet, I have to be missing some cost...
That's my dream, so thank you for reading!
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