40×28 Shipping Home

 First Home in Asheville to use Recycled Freight Shipping Containers!

About the 40×28 Home

I’m so honored to have the privilege of photo documenting this home to its completion. It’s the first home in Asheville, NC to be repurposing recycled freight shipping containers. Ryan, Brook, and their daughter have become master DIYers. They want their home to be built with as many recycled goods as possible. Not only does this reduce the impact on our planet but it is allowing them to build a home they can afford. They are doing much of the work themselves, but also hire and have help when needed. It truly has been a community effort for this family.

To learn more about them and follow their progress, please check out their blog at 40×28.com.

Details in a Nutshell:

  • House Dimensions: 40×28
  • Square Footage: 1,140
  • Land & Home Cost: Just over $110,000
  • House Structure: A standard foundation, two shipping containers, and a shed roof
  • Materials: Recycled, salvaged, low cost and free materials whenever possible
  • Labor: Their own hands and the hands of friends and family to accomplish a majority of the construction

Documentary – Shipping Home

Documentary film maker, Christopher Zaluski, wanted to document this family’s vision of turning two steel recycled shipping containers into a home for their family of 3.

Shipping Home is a documentary film that follows this home building journey while capturing the essence of their reduce, reuse, recycle approach.

Check out the teaser and time lapse below and more videos on Vimeo!

 

 

 Galleries of Progress

11-30-14 | All Moved In | Part 1

Ah, the family is all moved in and have just given themselves a breather for a few weeks. They are about to resume their continued work like finishing their second bathroom and adding their trim. Doesn’t this place look great! So much light it’s amazing.

11-30-14 | All Moved In | Part 1

11-30-14 | All Moved In | Part 2

Here are some shots of the outside of the house and some details of inside.

11-30-14 | All Moved In | Part 2

09-21-14 | Sheetrock & Siding

Wow, what a difference adding sheetrock to this home’s interior has done for the way it looks. This house is going to be WARM in the winter with everything spray foamed and then sheetrocked. The siding is also up on the front of the house and the back is being finished up.

09-21-14 | Sheetrock & Siding

08-13-14 | Dry Wall

Wow! What a difference the dry wall being placed and finished does to this house. It feels quieter and more like home. I do miss seeing the wood rafters, but having all that insulation sealed up under this dry wall is going to make it very efficient to heat.

08-13-14 | Dry Wall

08-23-14 | Spray Insulation Foam

The foam insulation has been sprayed and is complete. It took the team two days to finish this house. There is a mix of closed and open cell foam. Closed was used on all the exterior container walls to prevent moisture from getting in.

08-23-14 | Spray Insulation Foam

08-07-14 | Plumbing

The plumbing is 95% complete and has been tested. Only one small leak to repair in the laundry area. Next comes the framing inspection and after that approval, spray insulation gets added.

08-07-14 | Plumbing

07-13-14 | Interior

On July 13th, it was a quiet Sunday afternoon when I photographed the 40×28 Shipping Home for the first time here in Asheville, NC. I was alone while a took pictures but as you will see, there is lots of evidence of all the hard work happening inside this home to be.

07-13-14 | Interior

07-21-14 | Sewer Trench

There was 17 tons of sand brought in to fill in the sewer trench. This is done to keep the rocks from wearing away on the pipes. Sand was filled in and wet down to pack under the lines. Then more sand on top and that gets watered down. Finally the dirt is pushed back on top to fill in the rest of the trench.

07-21-14 | Sewer Trench

07-13-14 | Exterior

On July 13th, it was a quiet Sunday afternoon when I photographed the 40×28 Shipping Home for the first time here in Asheville, NC. This home has two 40′ containers. One sits along the back side and another was cut in half and attached to either side. Then a cement floor was poured in between them all to form a rectangle.

07-13-14 | Exterior