Shipping Container House In Flagstaff, Arizona

October 30th, 2012 · 10 Comments

It might not be pretty to look at, but it’s certainly innovative.  It’s a residence in Flagstaff, Arizona made from shipping containers.  The owners purchased 6 containers, had them modified, and then placed on 40 concrete piers.

shipping containers modified residence sustainable repurposed Flagstaff Arizona home house

I visited this house in late September as part of the 3rd annual Sustainable Home & Water Conservation Tour.

shipping containers modified residence sustainable repurposed Flagstaff Arizona home house

The walls were furred out in steel lumber and insulated with high density foam, plus a reflective ceramic coating on the outside.  It also has a passive solar design to minimize lighting usage plus 16 photovoltaic solar panels totaling 3.5 kilowatts.

shipping containers modified residence sustainable repurposed Flagstaff Arizona home house

Water conservation and reuse is gaining traction in new construction in Flagstaff, Arizona, especially rainwater harvesting.  This home features a 4,000 gallon rainwater harvesting storage system for landscaping.  I saw other homes on the tour that collect rainwater for toilet and laundry and also for drinking (using UV light to kill microbes).

shipping containers modified residence sustainable repurposed Flagstaff Arizona home house

Tags: Remodeling · Other Arizona Cities

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Picky // Oct 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Only see one thing that I would want different and that is the open under side of this house. I would want it closed, especially in a climate like Flagstaff in the winter. I wouldn’t want the rain, snow or ice under there and I definitely wouldn’t want critters under there looking for a warm place to stay. Would probably take some getting used to, but this is quickly becoming an option for housing.

  • 2 Frankie // Oct 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Any pictures of inside?

  • 3 Leif // Oct 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Sadly, no interior photos. It wasn’t open inside this year.

  • 4 Lisa // Oct 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Very cool house.

  • 5 Warren // Oct 31, 2012 at 1:22 am

    That is the ultimate house for post-apocalypse living

  • 6 AZ // Nov 1, 2012 at 12:27 am

    You can see the interior here: http://www.ecocontainerhome.com/the-very-green-six-recycled-shipping-container-home-flagstaff-az/

  • 7 Laura // Nov 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I love the color. Seafoam green?

  • 8 KittyAtlanta // Nov 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    If I were going to move, this is what I’d like to move into. Love recycled houses.

  • 9 boomerful // Nov 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    But why, oh WHY, did they paint it Overpowering Turquoise?

  • 10 Dr. Yusuf // May 5, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I love, I want. Do you have the plan for the interior? how many containers are these in total?

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