Amazing Architecture - Shipping Container Home, Quebec

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  This week's pick for our Facebook business page feature is a truly creative example of recycling!

Shipping Container Home, Quebec

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A typical shipping container has a life span of about 20 years.  After that, even though it's still structurally sound, it is usually sent to a landfill.  There's been an attempt to reuse these in some way to reduce the waste.  This is a great example of how they can be turned into a home.  
Container home in Quebec
There are 7 containers used in this home.  They've been clad in siding and have 5 inches of spray foam added.  The inside of the containers were left alone so you can still see the corrugated walls.  Since there is no framing required, the home cost only $175,000 and took only 10 months to build. 
Shipping Container Home in Quebec
The architects tried to keep the home as environmentally friendly as possible.  The trees that were removed to make room for the home were used in the construction, the flooring of the container was used in the ceilings and gratings were used in the decking.  The home also uses radiant heating.
Interior of the shipping container home in Quebec
Interior of a Shipping Container Home in Quebe
Interior of a Shipping Container Home in Quebec
Shipping Container Home Under Construction
Shipping containers also have the advantage of being mold proof, fire proof and weather proof, making them great for use in home construction!
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Comments (12)

Sharon Lord
Maracay Homes - Peoria, AZ
New Home Advisor

Ralph and Janet - that home is WAAAYYYYY better-looking than I expected it to be, being constructed of containers!  The ones our furniture ship in from India tend to have a peculiar odor to them - I'd probably pass on recycling them for a home, but I wonder what ELSE you could make from them.....?

Jun 20, 2012 09:08 AM
Marty & Jaclyn Reiswig
GoodFit Homes (with Keller Williams) - Centennial, CO
Specialty: First-timers

Wow! Very cool. I'm a fan of more traditional exteriors, but love this idea for going green with homebuilding. Thanks for sharing!

Jun 20, 2012 09:26 AM
Ralph & Janet Henze
Ralph Henze Homes - RE/MAX Elite - Sherwood Park, AB

Hi Sharon, I didn't expect them to look that good either!  I know they've been experimenting using the containers as homeless shelters:


Jun 20, 2012 09:35 AM
Carolyn Crispin
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes - Branson, MO
Crispin Team Sells Branson Homes Land & Commercial

very creative recycling of containers that have a  very useful purpose

Jun 20, 2012 09:36 AM
Ralph & Janet Henze
Ralph Henze Homes - RE/MAX Elite - Sherwood Park, AB

Hi Marty & Jaclyn, it's really amazing some of the green homes out there!

Jun 20, 2012 09:37 AM
Ralph & Janet Henze
Ralph Henze Homes - RE/MAX Elite - Sherwood Park, AB

Hi Carolyn and so much better then ending up in the landfill!


Jun 20, 2012 09:39 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Ralph & Janet - Now, this is a really cool way to make a green house.  It's nice to see how the materials can be reused.

Jun 20, 2012 08:20 PM
Ralph & Janet Henze
Ralph Henze Homes - RE/MAX Elite - Sherwood Park, AB

Hi Debbie!  It's amazing when you start looking for unique green homes, what you can find!


Jun 21, 2012 03:20 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Ralph & Janet~ This is one WEIRD home that I might actually consider living in.  I love the "recycling" idea. The home has a lot of character on the inside, not so much on the outside, but it doesn't look bad!

Jun 22, 2012 01:39 PM
Carol Faaland-Kronmaier
Weichert, Realtors; Hillsborough - Hillsborough, NJ
PhD, e-PRO, Manville, Hillsborough, Somerset NJ

Ralph and Janet, It's beautiful home but I'm not sure that I would like to live in a home made out of shipping containers! Have a great week.

Jun 22, 2012 09:03 PM
Ralph & Janet Henze
Ralph Henze Homes - RE/MAX Elite - Sherwood Park, AB

Hi Donna, I love the recycling idea too.  I'm not too sure that it would look as nice if it was situated in the city.  I think the trees soften the look a bit.

Hi Carol!  I love this home, but I can't say as I would want to live in it though either.


Jun 23, 2012 02:07 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

This is amazing...just shows what a creative eye can do, with any material.

Sep 09, 2012 09:58 AM

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