Modern Shipping Container Home in San Francisco

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November 16, 2011
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  Last but not least, make a major statement and designate separate living areas with the help of shipping containers. Two San Francisco art and travel addicts overhauled a loft—and customized a pair of shipping containers—to carve out a guest quarters and home office. Photo by Drew Kelly.

    Last but not least, make a major statement and designate separate living areas with the help of shipping containers. Two San Francisco art and travel addicts overhauled a loft—and customized a pair of shipping containers—to carve out a guest quarters and home office. Photo by Drew Kelly.

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  The shipping containers were stacked, joined with steel tubes, and lashed to reinforced floor joints to make them earthquake-safe.

    The shipping containers were stacked, joined with steel tubes, and lashed to reinforced floor joints to make them earthquake-safe.

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  Wardell's office boasts a rectangular cutout the couple calls the "dinner's ready slot" for its bird's-eye perspective on the kitchen.

    Wardell's office boasts a rectangular cutout the couple calls the "dinner's ready slot" for its bird's-eye perspective on the kitchen.

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  One wall of the container was replaced with liquid crystal PolyTronix glass.

    One wall of the container was replaced with liquid crystal PolyTronix glass.

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  With the flick of a switch, the glass goes from opaque to clear.

    With the flick of a switch, the glass goes from opaque to clear.

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  Furniture designer Pat Carson created a plethora of custom fixtures for the guest room, including a riveted aluminum Murphy bed.

    Furniture designer Pat Carson created a plethora of custom fixtures for the guest room, including a riveted aluminum Murphy bed.

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  The Murphy bed is raised and lowered by a a hand-cranked wheel and pulley.

    The Murphy bed is raised and lowered by a a hand-cranked wheel and pulley.

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  Exposed copper piping adds visual appeal to the guestroom.

    Exposed copper piping adds visual appeal to the guestroom.

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  In his home office, Wardell runs his online art gallery Chester's Blacksmith Shop and researches his next project: opening a boutique hotel in New Zealand. His nephew peeks down from the "napping nook" secreted above the office. The desk is from Room & Board.

    In his home office, Wardell runs his online art gallery Chester's Blacksmith Shop and researches his next project: opening a boutique hotel in New Zealand. His nephew peeks down from the "napping nook" secreted above the office. The desk is from Room & Board.

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