Long before container homes rose to their trendy prominence, Joel Egan founded Cargotecture, a construction and design firm specializing in creating homes from recycled shipping containers. Since 2003, the Seattle company has been completing site- and factory-built designs.
Although the tiny-home movement is now a trend, Egan remains true to his method of merging sustainability with smart structures that play on the five senses.
The c320 Lookout is a Seattle retreat that sits on the fringes of a large farm. It came into the spotlight after having been featured on HGTV's "Small Space, Big Style" and "Some Assembly Required." The owner uses the off-the-grid cabin as a quiet respite from everyday life and lodging for out-of-town guests.
Egan integrated many sustainable features into the structure. The deck uses material milled from wind-felled trees, and the foundation, recycled steel.
The floor plan includes a dining area; bathroom with a toilet and sink; kitchenette with a sink and stovetop; living space with room for seating; and a private bedroom with a full bed. Outside, a roomy deck offers a place to enjoy the nature surrounding the property.
The best feature of the home is its full-size windows. While offering protection from the elements, the windows bring the outside in. All Cargotecture models are insulated about 15 percent above IBC (International Building Code) and UBC (Uniform Building Code) standards in the floors, roofs and walls. This makes the buildings suitable for any climate.
The c320 Lookout's construction price is just over $100,000. Buyers can add roof decks, awnings, green roof gardens and other personalizations for their homes.