By S. Kim Henson
Can you imagine a crane
rolling down your street to deliver your neighbor’s house? Or a helicopter
dropping off the domicile on a vacant lot next door? Stepping outside the four
walls of traditional housing, IC Green has designed voguish, sustainable
residences, studios and cabanas from recycled shipping containers. And it makes
sense. These corrugated steel box frames were built to handle heavy loads and
harsh weather. As structures, they offer long lifecycles, low maintenance, and they
sturdily stack and join together. Worldwide delivery is easy since the units were,
after all, once used for transporting.
Great for an office, studio, guest house, addition or
primary residence, the container homes range from 320 to 2,400 square feet. The simplest
box is a studio with a bath and kitchen. At the other end, the 2,400 square-foot
home has three bedrooms, two full baths, a galley kitchen, laundry room and
closets designed around a courtyard in the center. Customization is offered for
any size unit, including specialty paint colors and roofing, environmentally
conscious upgrades and revised floor plans. Add-ons like a carport and
multi-story units are also available.
At $100 per square
foot, the price does not include plumbing and electrical fixtures,
cabinets, HVAC system, delivery, installation, or the land, foundation and site
preparation. Units are available for lease.
To be sure, the
environment will benefit from these modular makings. IC Green has seen to
it that beyond the use of the recyclable casing, paints and stains are zero- or
low-VOC, and wood studs are Forestry Stewardship Council-certified. Energy Star
plumbing and lighting are water and energy efficient. Also, natural light is
abundant. Radiant flooring within a well-insulated interior and HVAC systems
with high SEER ratings decrease energy costs. Green roofs are among other eco-friendly
options that will further the unit’s resourcefulness.
Before applying for that loan, make sure a forklift,
crane or helicopter can deliver to your land, and that the land has been
checked out by a professional. If you were to order today, your home’s
completion date will be anywhere from one to four months, depending on building
specifications. Check out floor plans below.
320 Square Feet
2,400 Square Feet
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