See inside this incredible £125,000 family home – made entirely of shipping containers
This is the amazing ultra-modern home built by a man and his wife out of shipping containers.
Dubbed the ‘Flying Box’, it was built for just £125,000 by Frenchman Josu Gillet as a result of his limited space and budget.
And he now lives there with his wife and young son.
The structure uniquely incorporates five ‘high cube’ shipping containers – an extra-large variant of the transportation device that measures 40ft long.
Josu and his wife, Pauline, completed the build in just three months – only six months after purchasing the 160sqm plot in the French village of Org res, near Rennes.
The 33-year-old stumbled upon the site while riding his bike and immediately went ahead with the 20,000 purchase.
In the three months it took for planning permission to be granted the plans for the home were devised by Josu at architectural studio, 2A Design, who he works for.
A local company, B3 Ecodesign, bought the shipping containers from the port city of Le Havre for up to 4000. They had only made one journey prior to purchase – carrying food from China to France.
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They fitted them with insulation and wiring in order to convert them into separate parts of a modular home at its Rennes factory.
Modular homes are favoured by some architects and builders as they don’t incur the typical on-site delays caused by the weather and they are generally cheaper to produce.
They are built in factories before being transported to the building site to be assembled – Josu ‘s three-storey structure took two months to manufacture before being transported to the plot.
Incredibly it only took four people one day to assemble.
Josu said: “I used shipping containers to build my home because I wanted to do something fun and different.
“This method is also much faster and cheaper. It allowed us to work on my house like mechanics work on their cars – sheltered from the weather.
“It is a really cool place to live, we have a big living room and a nice rooftop terrace.
“You would not know you were in a house made from shipping containers once you’re inside, the interior is finished using traditional materials.
“It is the type of building which you either love or hate.”
“Young people think it’s awesome whereas some older people don’t understand it,” he continued.
“Although when you explain the fact that is saves money they start to get it.
“We decided against doing anything too extravagant as we didn’t want to offend any of our new neighbors.”
Half of the property’s ground floor is dedicated to parking, the rest of the base level contains an entrance lobby, a sewing studio and an area for laundry and utilities.
Stairs from the ground lead to the first floor and main living area where there is an open plan living and dining area and two bedrooms.
The top floor is split between the master bedroom with accompanying en suite and a roof terrace.
The spacious terrace, which can be accessed from the bedroom, is dotted with trees and provides views of the village and the surrounding countryside.