Container Heads Rejoice A New Container Baby | The Cordell Shipping Container House

cordellhouse shipping container house 11 Container Heads Rejoice A New Container Baby | The Cordell Shipping Container House

Photographer: Jill Hunter

Container Heads around the world, start rejoicing. Yes, a new container house has been born and it’s a Texan. The developers (Numen) and family are calling it the Cordell House and here is what they have to say about their new baby.

Developer -The Cordell House is the result of a 2-year design discussion between the builders and the designers. It was conceived as an exercise in efficient building, with the most expensive aspects of the house – the structural elements and mechanical core – being partially prefabricated in a shop environment. The roof and infill floor areas are a panelized system that, in conjunction with the modular steel structure, allowed a very rapid dry-in time for the building, reducing on-site time and susceptibility to weather-related delays. This approach to construction also resulted in a home that can be substantially dismantled into component parts for reuse or recycling at the end of its useful life.

cordellhouse shipping container house 04 Container Heads Rejoice A New Container Baby | The Cordell Shipping Container House

cordellhouse shipping container house 01 Container Heads Rejoice A New Container Baby | The Cordell Shipping Container House

Before I the let developer babble on with traditional boring speak about this new container baby, I would just like to say, this thing is sexy. Really think about it, we are looking at a few very used shipping containers. Something a drunken homeless guy might piss on before living in. Right? The developers here really did an amazing job on the design side. The space is bright, happy, and very functional. Look how they used the yellow plastic or glass in the living room to bring in light and mimic the steel container walls. Also, breaking the space up with the open air deck and guest container, allows for some adventure. You don’t see everything instantly. You have to work for it. Okay back to developer speak.. Continue.

Cordell House is located in the Brooke Smith Addition at 206 Cordell. It was developed by Numen Development, L.P. and designed by architect Christopher Robertson of Robertson Design. The house is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1858 sf single-story residence on a single 5000 sf lot. Its steel structural shell, made from recycled shipping containers, is an extremely durable and materially efficient building system. The roof and floors are structural insulated panels, which significantly exceed code-required insulation values. The project also features an on-demand hot water heater, extremely high-efficiency Unico A/C system, RenewAire energy recovery ventilation system, bamboo flooring, low-emission paints and fiberboard products, energy efficient appliances, and efficient plumbing and electrical fixtures.

Numen Development attempts to divert shop waste products to recycling resources whenever possible, and does not maintain dumpsters at either the warehouse or on the jobsite. Cordell House produced 10 contractor bags of trash during the ENTIRE building process. The emphasis on waste reduction extends to choices of building materials. No sheetrock was used in the project, and wood framing was minimal.

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cordellhouse shipping container house 05 Container Heads Rejoice A New Container Baby | The Cordell Shipping Container House

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cordellhouse shipping container house 08 Container Heads Rejoice A New Container Baby | The Cordell Shipping Container House

cordellhouse shipping container house 09 Container Heads Rejoice A New Container Baby | The Cordell Shipping Container House

cordellhouse shipping container house 10 Container Heads Rejoice A New Container Baby | The Cordell Shipping Container House

  • http://www.greenearthtraveler.org/ livinglopez

    One of the main concepts of sustainable living involves community. The intential community movement embodies more than just the ideal of sustainability.

  • http://gliving.com G MONKIE

    I think your right about community being a green concept, but what does that have to do with a shipping container house?

  • http://www.numendevelopment.com Numen

    In this case, the house is designed to share green space and patios/decks with the two structures next door. All three residences will also share the recycled glass driveway.

    Construction has begun next door on a 360 sq ft studio almost entirely within a 45 ft container that has 120 sq. ft of exterior deck. The space beneath this residence (it will be up on 6 steel columns) will create an additional outdoor space that can be utilized by all the residences. The front house next door will be a 3 bd 2 bath made with 3 repurposed shipping containers.

    We built the Cordell house and love this sassy article, btw. I will be living in the 360 sq.ft. house and my business partner will live in the front house with his 2 children.

    Cheers!

    Katie

  • http://annatempt.com/2009/04/living-in-a-box/ Living in a Box | Anna Tempt

    [...] I was just thinking of that after seeing this [...]

  • http://www.container-life.com DBox

    Nice article! We have some more container houses and buildings at container-life.com

  • http://modernhousemagazine.com/2009/04/cordell-house/ Cordell House – Modern House Magazine

    [...] thing about Cordell House is the entire building process yielded just 10 contractor bags of trash. Read post in G Living. Click any word in the above story for more information. Sharevar [...]

  • http://containerist.com Terry

    Wonderful entry! G Monkie, thanks for this post, it’s inspiring. I will be adding the post to my “cool homes” links on my site http://containerist.com. I blog about container homes and other green things. I think I read this three times and can’t stop looking at the images. Great photos by Jill Hunter!

    Terry
    containerist.com

  • http://gliving.com G Monkie

    Terry: Thanks, we do our best to present the best of green architecture and your right this is a pretty awesome container house. They did a great job with the design, inside and out. I have seen some real duds, which makes you question if containers are a good idea. So, houses like this one, confirm they are an amazing idea, if done right.

  • John Evans

    Reasons not to be cheerful.

    New container floors are treated with agressive insecticides.

    PVB Sealants aren't too pleasant either.

    Who knows what products have been spilt inside a container during its working life?

    Internals paint systems need checking.

  • http://greensweethome.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/cordell-house-the-shipping-muse/ Cordell House : The Shipping Muse « GREEN Sweet Home

    [...] Read more: The Cordell Shipping Container House [...]

  • http://gliving.com/dwell-features-cordell-house/ Dwell Features The Cordell Shipping Container House « G Living | Dark Twisted Space Monkies Go Green

    [...] Yes, the magazine issue came out back in 2009 but I just saw it. I know sad. But better let than never is what I say. So here it is, a little snippet of the dwell article, a few photos and yes a link back to our post On the Cordell Shipping Container House. [...]

  • http://www.findprefab.com Panelized Homes House

    Its really very awesome to see, unique pre-fab houses piece. But i always make sure my pre-fab houses fits my style. This pre-fab houses you offer is great look.

  • EofA

    I love the idea of container homes and prefabs, but why do they have to be so expensive? The average 2 bedroom… $250,000? Are there any plans that are affordable for people other than architects, doctors or engineers.

  • Azalia

    How much were are willing to spend? Depending on your location you could be comparing that to 400,000 mortgage. But, I fully agree with you the total cost (labor, material, shipping it to your site) should really reflect a niche of the market interested in saving money and not just cater to “luxery” or high end container homes. I am just beginning to research this for my own needs.

  • Michaelinoz@hotmail.com

    Just saw your lovely home. I am in the process of putting a roof over 3 sea containers which has been space with 8 feet between #1 and #2 and 13 feet space between #2 and #3. They are 40′HC and I have finished the floor slab. I am building this in Central Texas and would love to speak with you concerning my plans and way forward for a ranch style SCon house. I can be reached on 713 876 9128 or email at michaelinoz@hotmail.com. Hope to chat to you soon. Regards Michael

  • jinx

    Can you just seal the cantainer floors.



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