When it came time to build a new home, Matt Mooney and his partner Barbara, opted to construct it using shipping containers. Matt drew up all the designs himself, since he is an architect at one of the major architectural firms in Dallas, TX. The home is located in the Old Lake Highlands area and has awesome views of the White Rock Lake. The home is known as the PV2014 house and is a great example of shipping container architecture done right.
The home is somewhat of a hybrid between normal construction and cargotecture, seeing as the ground floor is built more traditionally, while the upper story is made using fourteen standard sized shipping containers. The finished two-story home will also feature a small penthouse with access via a roof deck. The total area of the home is 3,700 square feet, and the home will have 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, as well as a spacious living and dining area and kitchen. All of the primary living areas are housed in the shipping container part of the home, with storage and garage located on the lower level.
To celebrate the shipping container origins of the house, most of the exterior walls will be left in their original condition. In general, not much will be done to hide the raw materials from which the home was built. This includes bare concrete floors, an exposed steel structure, pre-manufactured steel modules, masonry, glass and more.
The home was also designed with several energy saving features in mind. For example, the home features many overhangs and porches, which work to shield windows from direct sunlight and reduce energy costs. At the same time, the large windows still let in plenty of natural daylight and offer great ventilation.
The roof deck has a dual purpose, since it also serves as a solar screen to the insulated single-ply membrane roof under it. This works to reduce energy costs, while also extending the life span of the roof itself. The home also features a high performance heating and air-conditioning system and is equipped with low water consumption plumbing fixtures.
Construction is still underway, but it is expected to be completed in early 2015.