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Modern Shipping Container Home in San Francisco

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Two San Francisco art and travel addicts overhauled a loft—and customized a pair of shipping containers—to accommodate their collection and reflect their passions.

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    Photo by Drew Kelly.
    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.  Photo by Drew Kelly.

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

    Photo by Drew Kelly.
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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.  Photo by Drew Kelly.

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

    Photo by Drew Kelly.
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  One wall of the container was replaced with liquid crystal PolyTronix glass.  Photo by Drew Kelly.

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

    Photo by Drew Kelly.
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  With the flick of a switch, the glass goes from opaque to clear.  Photo by Drew Kelly.

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

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

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

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

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

    Photo by Drew Kelly.
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  Exposed copper piping adds visual appeal to the guestroom.  Photo by Drew Kelly.

    Exposed copper piping adds visual appeal to the guestroom.

    Photo by Drew Kelly.
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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.  Photo by Drew Kelly.

    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.

    Photo by Drew Kelly.
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    Photo by Drew Kelly.
    Photo by Drew Kelly.

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