Gallery: PHOTOS: Couple Moves into Stacked Shipping Container Home in W...

"People in the neighborhood call it Casa Blanca," says contractor David Boyle of his four-level white house in Williamsburg, but there's something else besides the color of the home that makes it stand out from the others on the block. A labor of love between Boyle and his wife, architect and NYIT professor Michele Bertomen, the residence is made up of six shipping containers stacked atop one another, and is the first and only legal residence of its kind in Brooklyn. Bertomen and Boyle understand that the home may be unconventional, but for them, it's the perfect example of the American dream (not to mention a way they could afford a 1,600 sq. ft. property in the middle of NYC's priciest locales). We recently had a chance to visit this very special home on Keap St., and snapped photos of everything from the two amazing rooftop decks to the clever repurposed furniture to the house's furry mascot, Zero. Click through our gallery to take your own tour through this inspirational abode.

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  1. Rob Pittman July 16, 2014 at 3:00 am

    I was looking forward to looking through this article but found I was disappointed with the home. It literally looks like it was chucked together and is a bad advertisement for container homes. I myself live in a warehouse I have converted and think I understand the challenges of turning industrial into a home and they are many. However this looks like it just happened.

  2. jedics May 27, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    no insulation = unlivable without spending insane amounts of money to heat and cool. How the hell did they get council approval for this?

  3. ssculptor March 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I like this idea and I am pleased that the couple persevered and finally got a PO from the DOB.
    The DOB should be encouraging different and innovative types of construction, not throwing road blocks in their path.
    Maybe the couple can start a firm that will produce buildings of this type for others in New York City.
    Ho-ray for them!

  4. laluna7 December 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm


    I am actually looking to build a shipment container home myself in the city. Would you be so kind as to contact me? I am very interested in speaking with you before I move forward. My email is


  5. Tim Smoak September 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Do you sell the design, I would so buy it. I believe in a greener today for a better tomorrow.

  6. homebuilder April 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

    My hat to you guys. I myself have persue this type of structure
    for about a year and I\’m in the process of designing one myself.
    I can tell you, it WILL NOT BE IN NYC. Dealing with DOB is the most fustrating as you already found out. What trouble me the most is the lack of vision and any expertise this so called inspector and city planers have in the subject of urban planing.
    Again, congratulations on your achivement.

  7. sspsyd April 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Having seen how difficult it can be to get through the bureaucracy of NYC for approvals of some pretty basic construction projects including a rather conventional renovation of a Manhattan apartment, I applaud this unique accomplishment!!


    PS: I\\\’m curious what the material of the shipping containers is made of and how they have managed the changes in temperature in this structure.

  8. helshire April 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I think this is great and a nifty idea. I would not be surprised if this idea catches on in NYC and attract others to help design thier home. It is so expensive to live in NYC, you can literally just work to pay rent/mortgage.