Meet the York House

Allow me to introduce our new home:

photo by Numen Development

These containers are two of the three that will make our house. They aren’t pristine because they are used shipping containers afterall, but all dings can be hammered out, rust can be treated, and of course they will be painted to our specifications.

So how does a shipping container become a home? Here’s a quick video of how the containers are joined, but this is only part of it:

Before the containers are joined, they are conditioned, insulated, and windows and doors are inserted. After the delivery, placement, and welding (to join the containers together and to the foundation), the interior is finished out in a similar way to any house construction.

I plan to share plenty of photos and video of our place once we get started…and it feels like we’ll be getting started before too long. Our newest update is that we’ve now PASSED two of the four required permit areas! Go, go York House!


5 thoughts on “Meet the York House

  1. April, congrats on the progress! A question about the containers themselves: did you pick them out? And how do you know that nothing harmful was ever stored in them? We’re toying around with the container house idea up here, but I’m leery of used containers because I’m afraid they’ll have some kind of poisonous or toxic residue that we don’t know about.

    • I was concerned about this too, still am.

      We’re picking containers that have floors in good condition (which is one of the reasons why we only have two of the three for the house, and we don’t have the studio yet). You don’t know exactly what’s been transported–although, from watching The Wire ;), I know every shipping container has a record attached to it, so I’m guessing you could find out if you made a request–but whatever it was probably didn’t spill/leave residue in the container (you could likely see it and they obviously package things not to spill).

      A lot of people are concerned with pesticides used to protect the wood floors, but these chemicals are no more toxic than carpet or synthetic floors. That’s not great, but to deal with it, we’ve chosen gently used containers that are relatively new, and we’ll have the floors stripped, sanded, and refinished with a marine-grade epoxy (they make green-ish versions) that should take care of anything else. If, after all this, we still weren’t sure about the flooring, we could always take it out and completely replace it with something else.

      Flooring aside, the other green building techniques we’re planning to use should make our house come out far more ecologically sensitive than the usual home built today.

      Thanks for the question, Sherrin! I knew you guys were interested in non-traditional building, so cool that you are considering it.

  2. This is so exciting, April!

    Remember we were talking about white appliances a while ago? We finally got a house (after several fell through) and because the seller installed the wall oven in the dumbest place, it turns out I had like two refrigerators to choose from that would fit in the space. But I love the one we ended up with:

    I don’t like the brushed finish on the handles–maybe I can get those powdercoated a fabulous color! My husband thinks I’m crazy.

    Congrats again on your progress!

    • Ooh, I like your fridge too! Fisher Paykels have a really nice retro look to them. I think powdercoating the handles would be an awesome idea if you can do it. It would definitely make your fridge stand out.
      Thanks, Lesley and congrats to you for finally getting a house! Definitely keep me updated with your progress there.

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