Young Green Home Buyers

Real Estate Agent CT#0791143

OK - so the entrepreneur, Michael de Jong for MEKA luxury modular  homes was after publicity in placing it temporarily in the West Village in NYC, and actually presented a tour to hollywood producer John Kilik and artist Julian Schnable, who lives a block away from the Charles street location of MEKA's pop up home. This one is made from a shipping container and took about 5 days to assemble on site.





The company formed a year ago, and is based in Toronto. The homes are built for $24K in an eastern Chinese seaport of Ningbo. So far, MEKA has only sold 10 units, mostly in Canada.


While I don't see this as a trend per se, the idea of using sustainable products in new buildings, and the aesthetic are appealing factors for the next wave of home buyers.


Bamboo, stainless, clean sleek lines and using energy efficient glass create an effect that in Mr. de Jong's words is "modern-looking, sexy, sleek" - It's a product design not a housing design."


Sexy sells - and it's not your parent's house.


Shame that he does not have a website - that is certainly not consistent with his generation. So branding is not his strength.




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Actually, they do have a website:

Nov 17, 2010 10:54 PM #1

what a piece of garbage

Nov 19, 2010 12:26 AM #2

Certainly an interesting Container Home project, I have mentioned it on my Shipping Container Homes site

I do have a question that I cant find answered anywhere, the house is described as having insulation in the floors, walls and ceiling but I could see any. Did you happen to see any additional detail on this element of the design ?

Nov 19, 2010 05:54 AM #3
Deb Halsey
Greenwich, CT
Backcountry Specialist

The developer's email is - and I am sure that he can fill you in re" insulation and other features. Thank you for your interest - all the best!bana

Nov 19, 2010 06:45 AM #4
Daniel Sokol

I wanted one so I built one myself.  Now, I make them for other people.  The ONLY insulation to use is a sprayed closed-cell foam!  The cavities need to be filled - especially the airspace between the stud and steel and, mst iportantly, the ceiling!  If you want to learn more take a peek at


Dec 14, 2010 12:52 PM #5

there are some nice Container building Designer in germany too.


i've seen them on TV some days ago.

Aug 17, 2011 07:00 AM #6

Hi Deb,

I'm wondering if you've heard back from Michael and the other designers yet? I'd love to get an update on how many shipping container homes they are selling now?

I've been reading about them more over at, container homes, and I'd love to give it a try.

Jan 20, 2015 06:57 AM #7
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Deb Halsey

Backcountry Specialist