How do you bring a container home into a historic area of Houston, Texas? That was the challenge Shane Cook Designs was faced with when crafting the Oxford House.
In fact, this interesting 496-square-foot (46.1-square-meter) structure is actually a backyard extension of a traditional Bungalow dwelling. One of its main uses is as a guest space - perfect for touring around, right? So, let's not linger around any longer:
Completed in 2013, the Oxford House relies on two repurposed shipping containers. Shane Cook suggested this to his clients not only because of the sustainable aspect that we all adore but also because the modular structures would enable him to create "a trendy space with an urban hint."
By the way, the area under the deck is actually meant to be a parking space. How's that for efficiency!
You can't fault this eco-friendly build for natural lighting. Don't you just love that side window?
Speaking of which, this house actually won the Paper City Magazine Award for Best Use of Green/Sustainable Design. Well-deserved, don't you agree?
Red chairs add a modern visual flair to this humble abode's charming deck.
Inside, we've got red a red sofa to match. Where the Oxford falls short in leg room, it makes up for front-seat access of some of the best neighborhood views.
Isn't that delightfully cozy? When this sweet little abode isn't being used as a guest area, it actually serves as an office space. So that kitchen definitely meets your everyday expectations.
Of course, there's a proper work area too. A few splashes of green within the furnishings and decor freshen up this productive corner.
No container home would ever be complete without its own bathroom. The Oxford's is elegant and complete, with a full-size shower and stylish tiling making all the right impressions.
The Oxford shows us that there is room for container housing within a historic neighborhood. Its urban aesthetics and stylish interiors work quite well together, creating a special space that any guest would be pleased to escape into.