BREEZEWAY 960 is a 4 bedroom Luxury Shipping Container House built using 4 shipping containers and a breezeway to create 1700 square feet of habitable space.
The design concept of this 4 bedroom house is in the form a bridge with two 20 foot containers on the ground floor with a breezeway in between creating 1700 square feet of habitable space. Alternatively, a single forty foot container can be used on the ground floor level and cut in two to the support the 40 foot containers on the first floor level. This is an efficient way of cutting costs by using three containers instead of four.
The breezeway creates extra floor space in between the container on the ground floor to be used as an open plan living space. The bridge structure is a beautiful design concept that allows the house to use cool breezes for natural ventilation effectively, and also allows the house to take full advantage of its surroundings for maximum daylighting and unobstructed views. It is advisable to properly position the house to take advantage of the breezes and views.
The functions accommodated on the ground floor level include a kitchen and laundry space in one container and a guest bedroom and a bathroom in the other container. The breezeway in-between the two containers serves as an open plan living room with dining space. The living room is enclosed by full height folding glass doors opening to sheltered outdoor spaces on both ends. The open, space flows seamlessly onto outdoor patios on both ends opening the living room to the indoor-outdoor living environment.
The containers above are placed with a 1.3m gap in-between the containers to accommodate a single flight staircase which straddles in the middle of the living room. On the first floor level, two bedrooms on the end of the containers sharing a bathroom fitted glass shower cubicle, are connected through an open a rumpus room with a small office nook. A generous master en-suite with a walk-in closet and a mini lounge occupies the open ends of the containers. The roof of the guest bedroom container serve as an outdoor terrace space for the master bedroom.
The interior of the house should be lined with an appropriate insulation material depending on the local climate. Without insulation, the house would be like an oven in summer and freezing in winter. Insulation is also essential to preventing condensation, which can corrode the container and cause mould. Watch our previous presentation on 8 ways on How to insulate a shipping container house, for more understanding.
Paint the Interior walls light coloured to help kill the claustrophobic feel from the narrow width of shipping containers. Light colours make the interior spaces appear brighter and more prominent. Feel free to explore trans-formative furniture to help use a single space for more than one function. Use Flat-pack cabinets for the kitchen and wardrobe rather than custom units. Flat packs are versatile and come in a range of sizes, colours plus fixing instructions. Flat-packs help to save on time and money.
The gap from the resultant space on the sides of the two 40 foot containers is filled with timber cladding. The container walls on the outside are left bare to celebrate the industrial character of the building. When using one trip containers, it is advisable to retain the original colours and markings to celebrate the maritime history of the shipping containers. Alternatively, feel free to check out our previous video on the types of exterior finishes used on shipping container houses.
The containers sit on a raised concrete strip foundation to elevate the containers away from moisture. The elevated position of the container also provides the height necessary to construct an outdoor deck and the entrance porch. A deck is a quick and easy way to extend the limited living space inside a shipping container. The house has frontal deck sheltered with a glass canopy suspended on steel cable which doubles up as an entrance porch to the house. The folding glass doors lead to a deck on the rear of the building ideal for outdoor lounging, BBQ, or intimate outdoor dining. The deck has a canvas roof on a steel framed pergola to shield the space from elements.
The original cargo doors on the guest bedroom container, are used in an open position to create a private Juliet balcony. All the original cargo doors have been left intact to offer additional security and also act as storm shutters. This design series uses standardised, optimal sized windows and doors which don’t require any special modification to the walls of the shipping containers, apart from the big openings in the kitchen, the rumpus room and the master bedroom. Feel free to explore eco-friendly materials for both exterior and interior finishes to use on the house. The house hot water and electricity can be powered by hot water solar panels and photovoltaic systems respectively integrated into the roof.
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For more details on the house design, visit our website sheltermode.com.
The blueprints come as a full set of drawings comprising of Plans, Elevations and Section Details.
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