The above container home may appear moderate in size, yet if you calculate the area of each of its six containers, it is likely providing around 3,000 square feet of wide open living space. This is because for every two containers that are pushed together, it becomes the equivalent of a 1,000 square foot house.
Part of what gives a container home its unique appeal, is the way a rectangle presents an optical illusion to the eye when placed within a landscape of other lines and shapes. Looking to the diagram to the left, we can see that the more stuff that is going on around a rectangle, the smaller you perceive it to be.
This is why when you see the outside of many of these homes, you may think that you have a pretty good grasp of the area within its walls, only to be surprised at how spacious and open it actually is.
Like this, for instance:
And the more containers you add on top of each other, the more open the room will feel. Then all you need to do is add color to allow the sheer magnitude of the space to pop, and you’ve got yourself a very simple, yet incredibly impressive home.
Here is a 4,000 square foot container home.
Basically, these simple living spaces can be as simple…
Or spacious as you want them to be.
Can you add a fireplace? Of course.
How about an indoor pool? You bet.
Got chickens? Not a problem.
Limited on money? Then you can always build walls that expand on a single container.
And as you can see, the results are a lot more spacious than you might think.
Have a live-in mother-in-law? Build her a home within your home. But may I suggest minimizing the windows.
And the urban container condo/apartment has become quite a grand showcase for quality and creativity. All it takes is a relatively small lot, a little craftsmanship, and lots of windows from floor to ceiling.
They’ve said it once, if not a thousand times: Step out of the box…
And into a rectangle.