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Greetings from Texas! 🙂

One of the most popular shipping container homes that I found while searching is located here in Texas! Located in San Antonio, Texas, this shipping container guest house is very impressive. Designed by the award winning architect firm Poteet Architects, this home was built in 2010.

“The Container Guest House is the first of several projects by Poteet Architects we will be featuring. Poteet Architects is best known for their sensitive adaptive reuse of existing buildings and a fresh, rigorous approach to modern interior design. This project originated from Poteet Architects’s client’s wish to experiment with shipping containers. She lives in a small warehouse on a former industrial site just south of downtown. The finished project serves as a guesthouse and is fitted with a shower/WC and a custom stainless sink. The large steel and glass lift/slide and end window wall open the interior to the surrounding landscape. The remainder of the interior is used as a garden shed.


The emphasis was on sustainable strategies– first, the recycling of a “one-way” container for a new and permanent use. The planted roof is held off the container top, providing shade and air-flow to reduce heat gain. The interior is insulated with spray foam then lined with bamboo plywood, equally appropriate for the floor as the walls. The grey water from the sink and shower is captured for roof irrigation. The WC is a composting toilet. The rear of the container is screened by wire mesh panels which will eventually be covered in evergreen vines.” – The Architect.

The firm was even able to use recycled telephone poles as a foundation for the container to “float” on.  The deck is made up of HVAC equipment pads (made of recycled soda bottles) set in a steel frame. The exterior light fixtures are blades from a tractor disc plow, a common sight in south Texas.

The pictures are stunning! I know personally that here in the South we are always looking for new ways to enjoy the outdoors, ergo this open concept shipping container guest house is perfect!


Photos credit: Chris Cooper

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