Container Bonus Spaces: Adding An Extra Room To Your House

Container Bonus Spaces: Adding An Extra Room To Your House

You may have heard of a container home, but did you know that containers can be used in a number of creative and innovative ways? Containers not only make great homes, they can also be used to create bonus spaces around your home. From man-caves to greenhouses, to music studios, to storage sheds, containers provide the perfect material to create your dream space.

The most common sized containers are 20 or 40 ft., though there are larger sized containers such as 45 ft., 48 ft. or 53 ft. If you wish to have a smaller space, 10 ft. containers are available as well. Containers are easy to find and surprisingly affordable to buy. They are built with tough steel and made watertight, making them great construction material. The structure is already there, making construction fast.

If you have longed to add an extra space to your home, containers could be the answer. Just check out a few of the examples below for how people around the world converted the simple container into an amazing bonus space.

Artist or Music Studio

image © MB Architecture

image © MB Architecture

Containers can provide the perfect space to use as a studio. Check out this Artist studio from New York architect Maziar Behrooz. The studio was built using two recycled shipping containers which create 840 square feet of studio space. Behrooz said that he used shipping containers due to a limited budget and believed he could get more value with containers when compared to traditional construction costs. The end result? A space that is both inviting and reflective.

image © Inhabitat

image © Inhabitat

Another gorgeous example is this shipping container studio in San Antonio from Texas Architect Jim Poteet. He painted a 40’ shipping container deep blue and transformed it into a backyard retreat, complete with a living green roof, composting toilet, rainwater collection, and eco-friendly finishes.


Greenhouse

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Do you have a green thumb and would love to have your very own greenhouse? Many farms today are using containers as greenhouses, and you could jump on the bandwagon, too. Check out this greenhouse from Freight Farms. The containers themselves are former freezer containers, so they’re insulated against the heat and cold. Inside, the entire container, floor to ceiling, is filled with plants in a totally self-contained operation that eliminates the variable of weather. A little garden tip: If your plants need help growing, consider adding vermiculite, which can increase water and nutrient retention in the soil.  

image © Design Boom

image © Design Boom

Another cool example is this greenhouse from Damien Chivialle, who created an open-source model greenhouse in the form of “urban farm units.”


Storage Shed

image © Outback Storage

image © Outback Storage

If your home needs extra storage, a container shed could be the perfect solution. Store all your gardening equipment, tools, bikes, etc.—the container provides a great storage solution. You can add custom shelves for more organized storage, like corrugated boxes, and you can paint the outside to fit with the aesthetic of your home.


Wilderness Retreat

image © Inhabitat

image © Inhabitat

Have you longed dreamed of a little place near the beach, in the woods, or by the lake? A container retreat could be an answer to your dreams. This awesome container retreat was built by Joel from HyBrid Arc. The container was converted for King County Parks in the beautiful state of Washington. Built using recycled and sustainable products, this 20-foot shipping container can sleep a family of four. You can easily use this concept and apply it to a retreat by the lake or use it as a secluded cabin in the woods.


Swimming Pool

image © Stefan Beese

image © Stefan Beese

Probably not the first thing you think of when you think of container bonus spaces, but one man bought an old container and transformed it into a swimming pool. Stefan Beese, an architect based in New Orleans, built a 20 x 8 ft. pool that can even be drained and transported to a new location! Once he sourced the container, he cleaned and sprayed with anti-corrosive paint. Next, he dug out the hole to drop the container into, lined the hole with limestone to protect the soil, and insulated and lined the container with half inch insulation foam and a pool liner. After the container was dropped into the hole and cladded with pine slats to cover up the steel, it was ready to go. In total, the pool cost around $6,000, but Beese claims it could have cheaper if he did the labor himself.


Conclusion

Containers are a great economical option to add a bonus space to your home. With millions in supply, they are easy to source and inexpensive. Since the container itself provides the structure, construction is quick. Customize the space to your heart’s desire—the possibilities are endless! We can’t wait to see what people create next.

Author Bio: Cory Levins is the business development director for AirSea Containers.

*images were provided by the author and have been credited accordingly.

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