As the endlessly-memed Suez Canal ship reminded us, shipping containers are an essential fixture of global trade, but much like the rest of world trade, they don’t exactly exist in a closed, environmentally-friendly loop. Many containers are used on a single sea journey, indefinitely gathering dust once they’ve reached their destination. However, since they’re made of sturdy steel materials, designers and DIYers around the world have figured out how to turn them into eco-friendly alternatives to traditional building materials.
Matt and Paiton are just one such entrepreneuring pair. The couple recently transformed a 360-square-foot shipping container into an incredibly cozy abode overlooking a river in Washington state. Matt is an electrician, so his past experience came in handy for getting the container into a livable condition. Paiton is a teacher who works remotely from home, an ideal setup since the couple lives quite far from the nearest town.
They purchased the 5-acre homestead that the container stands on and are planning to pepper a few more container homes throughout the property so they can Airbnb them to adventurous visitors. Bustle sat down with the pair to learn how they got interested in container home living, and what advice they have for those looking to follow their lead.
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