If building your own home has always been your dream, but the lack of cash has turned it into a unlikely reality, then take a cue from Mattel industrial designer Debbie Glassberg who built her 2,600 square feet container home out of five Chinese shipping containers. Located in Kansas City, this extraordinary dwelling has everything she and her family needs for fine living, with a lot of extra space and natural light to spare. Jump ahead for a look into the nouveau dwelling's chic and retro interiors!
In the world of sustainable architecture and affordable living, shipping container homes are a great solution for the budget-minded seeking a low-maintenance and eco-friendly living situation — and Glassberg’s house is no exception. As you enter the residence, an open-plan living room featuring a collection of re-upholstered vintage furniture surprises the eyes with an unmatched style. The palette of turquoise provides the room with an uplifting feeling, making the interior shine. The elegant dinning room features floor-to-ceiling windows dressed with white translucent curtains. This allows natural light to permeate the room, while revealing the magnificent tree silhouettes behind.
The residence also boasts another green delight with a modest vegetable patch set right at the front door. More space is allocated to growing vegetables on the rooftop, which can be easily accessed through the top floor rooms. And if you don’t want to head up top, an outside porch area provides the perfect place to lounge and spend long summer day outdoors with a drink in hand.
Back inside the house, a white narrow kitchen is equipped with energy efficient appliances and large windows. On the top floor sits two bedrooms, an office and a bathroom. The smaller bedroom is where, Debbie’s son sleeps and the office space features an extensive built-in shelving system designed for Debbie to showcase all her toy designs for Mattel. The master bedroom was built using two containers and is as light and airy as the rest of the home. As a contrast to the rest of the house, the spare room has been painted bright red and features an oriental style decor.
For anyone interested in creating one of these beauties for themselves, the good news is that Debbie will be constructing homes for anyone interested in a simpler, less expensive and creative way to live.
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