Alternative Living: Cargo Container Guest House
Check out this great article from The Alternative Consumer titled "Alternative Living: Cargo Container Guest House". It details a creative and innovative upcycling project to build a gorgeous guest house starting with a recycled shipping container. Who would have guessed that a big ugly steel box could ever be transformed into this beautifully designed, bright and welcoming home?
Freight containers are massive steel boxes used for shipping everything and anything from all corners of the globe. They are designed according to international standards so that they can be transported by ship, truck or rail without having to unload and reload the contents of the container. There has been an increasing trend in recent years toward finding alternative uses for cargo containers once they have reached the end of their useful life in the shipping industry. Transformed into everything from homes and cafes to disaster shelters and plant nurseries, old shipping containers never need to go to waste.
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