Shipping Container Home With a Killer View!
How to take in the big skies and awesome, rugged landscape of Montana, USA? Put a home in it that celebrates the world around it! This was the vision of Livingston, MT based architect Ty Kelly – a shipping container home with a hell of a view.
Kelly was born in Livingston but his family moved to Seattle, WA when he was young. He grew up in that radical city where he chose to become an architect for a living. After several years working his profession he seems to have wanted to go back to his roots and moved back to Livingston.
Montana – more wilderness than civilisation
Montana is a state where you grow to understand the vastness of nature and the size of wilderness in the USA. Thousands of square miles of rugged, untamed prairie and mountains are a nature lover’s heaven. Being in the centre of the Lower 48, it gets fiercely hot in summer and brutally cold in winter. Humanity can be avoided if you choose – this is certainly not a place to live if you love to be surrounded by cosmopolitan life!
Kelly said of his shipping container home design to Stuff, “There are wide open views, with three different mountain ranges in all directions, miles of rolling prairie, blanketed with native grasses, and with zero light pollution, the starry nights are truly unbelievable.”
The container home sits in an area with no other homes in sight. Montana is one of the least populated states in the US and there is almost zero light pollution. One can imagine sitting on the deck outside on a warm summer’s evening feeling as if you are the only person on the planet.
The one bedroom / bathroom container is built in a T shape with the bedroom at right angles to the living space. The living space celebrates the great outdoors with a vast glass window, allowing for views of the world that stretch hundreds of miles out to the mountains.
It has an outdoor shower so you can enjoy the view – but don’t worry, only the odd coyote may trot by as no humans are in the vicinity!
The container home
The shipping container home itself uses recycling as an important facet. The two 40ft containers themselves are repurposed from a world of logistics, but inside the flooring and butcher’s block kitchen top are taken from other projects that Kelly was involved with. It is fully fitted out with a nice kitchen and open living area that allows you to see the world and you as you relax. While only 720 square feet, the home feels a lot larger owing to its connection with the outdoors.
Sitting on piles it doesn’t interfere with the world in which it belongs, allowing Nature to retake the land when you move on.
A final, yet important aspect of the shipping container home is that it is portable. After a few years as a vacation rental the home was put on sale in late 2017 for US $125,000. While there were offers on the home as far west as CA and east as NY, it eventually sold to a grandmother just 10 miles from its original position in Livingston to host her children and grandchildren. Kelly was pleased with that as it could continue to celebrate the very world around it that inspired his creation.
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