Artist builds his Savannah studio with shipping containers




Architect, artist, designer Julio Garcia had been designing plans for shipping container homes for a decade before he found the perfect place to build one: on a long, narrow stretch of his property in Savannah, Georgia. “I’m a big believer we should be adapting to the environment… I remember walking out and looking at the yard and thinking oh my god the land is calling for this linear design.”

He picked up two 40 foot shipping containers from the Port of Savannah and, thanks to much advance planning, he was able to install them without removing one tree from his property. He offset the two boxes, cut out the interior container walls and added I-beams, a shed roof and clerestory windows in the center to provide plenty of daylighting.

“There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re inside a container so in the design we had to address that. I’ve been in a couple of projects and they don’t function very well and you’re like, ‘Oh, I still feel like I’m in a metal box’.”

Garcia believes containers can make for affordable homes: “you could put up a structure like this for about 50K”, but much of the interior was salvaged from other job sites (i.e. the drywall and the kitchen). His Price Street Projects creates plans that are “almost do-it-yourself plans” for shipping container homes and he has installed commercial container spaces, but he’s a big believer that the site should determine the design.

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39 Comments

  1. ntgoodtimes
    September 18, 2017
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    Great Job! love it!

  2. Bradley Seewalt-Boman
    September 18, 2017
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    Brilliant use of the containers but for myself id need to design bedrooms perhaps a third on top. All in all very cool.

  3. Di Priya
    September 19, 2017
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    It's actually perfect. The amount of screen shots I've taken !

  4. Van Huu Nguyen
    September 20, 2017
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    These container are from a Vietnamese logistics firm, Kien Hung

  5. Alexandra Stratan
    September 24, 2017
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    love,

  6. Home and Offices
    September 27, 2017
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    Where i live shipping bins are $three hundred – $one thousand every because they are just left in the back of. I really want to make something like this, however there is nowhere to construct.

  7. SUI CIDE
    September 28, 2017
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    I would think it a challenge to get this home insured

  8. Kerrie Redgate
    September 29, 2017
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    Lovely garden space, the perfect spot for this house. Open indoor-outdoor space is great, but not so much for most of coastal Australia. Our sub-tropical mozzies are big black bombers. And we have all sorts of creepy-crawlies you wouldn’t want to co-habit with. But it depends on the site, of course. (Big sliding mesh screen doors are the go here.) But this is a really nice architectural design, for light and space, with these recycled materials. I love clerestory windows, I have them in my apartment. Very well done here. I like the choice of furniture as well.

  9. MIXED TEA
    October 7, 2017
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    I would’ve raised it higher. It also makes plumbing a lot easier.

  10. Musashi's Ghost
    October 10, 2017
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    great for feeding mosquitos and collecting sweat from humidity

  11. j Not-your-business
    October 12, 2017
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    Additional height and skylights. The i-beams helped its integrity and they're perpendicular to the "corridor" of the containers. Which helped alleviate that "corridor" feel of a container. It really is a very nice design. I just came here by accident, looking for design ideas for an art studio in a narrow room. I know I've been side-tracked, but this really is a beautiful design!

  12. twiggie
    October 14, 2017
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    do you pay property tax for it?

  13. Manda Hilger
    October 15, 2017
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    It's okay, but I'd paint the outside. The brand names and stickers are kind of tacky.

  14. C O
    October 16, 2017
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    Are thunders a concern? Being like they are, made out of metal?

  15. Will Smithsucks
    October 18, 2017
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    Why your accent sounds like Jimmy Kimmel ?

  16. Sherry Wilton
    October 25, 2017
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    AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL – WOW!

  17. daniyl thulin
    October 25, 2017
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    nice

  18. Lori Jay
    October 26, 2017
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    DREAM HOUSE! I love this!

  19. Marko Beg
    November 12, 2017
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    "The site will predict the design" – nicely put.

  20. Gabriel Cypret
    November 12, 2017
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    Every one thinks they're artists

  21. B edwards
    November 14, 2017
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    how cheap are these really by the time you have to pay to have them moved and the you have to refit ………………………..money

  22. Susan Behring
    November 17, 2017
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    I love this!

  23. Michael Woodward
    November 20, 2017
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    One of the best ones I have ever seen! Great job.

  24. Moon Man
    November 23, 2017
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    I like this house a lot but I can't not think that its interior design is lacking. I mean its gorgeous and white and spacious and full of beautiful stuff but, if I had this home there would be less clutter and more utility. I know not much of the interior was shown but I feel like it was poorly used and could have been a lot better utilized.

  25. Ferhat arslan
    November 23, 2017
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    can you store walnuts, dried fruits, dry herbs in these shipping conteyners?

  26. MsSB1970
    November 25, 2017
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    My favorite container home. I always come back to watch for inspiration

  27. Noah Bot
    November 25, 2017
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    So hung at 1:15 😉

  28. Tori Williams
    November 26, 2017
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    I was thinking if my city would allow this, and I find someone who already did it. Sav

  29. TORTUGA
    November 27, 2017
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    containers are the most artificial things you can have.

  30. ptlofts
    December 2, 2017
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    how hot it is inside during summer?

  31. PNWoyster
    December 2, 2017
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    Awesome!

  32. vanessa
    December 3, 2017
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    Whenever I'm looking at relocation videos I do not stop until I find the ones that share the low down on things you will have to live with 24/7 and 365. Love the innovation but they tend to bypass the insect issues and other vermin in a design like this. Realistically, those issues will make you relocate. There are no screens in the design and they have a child. But I do love the interior design of the home very much' Open, light and airy… but he said it rained once for two weeks straight—mosquitoes yikes.

  33. さえきなつこ
    December 13, 2017
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    こんな家に住みたいな

  34. Charles Henderson
    December 16, 2017
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    Looks great to me although the extra should be painted

  35. Judy Ehrle
    December 16, 2017
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    Luv that you left doors on

  36. nego co
    December 20, 2017
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    I love the way you get the idea of entrance closed to big glasses from the master bed room. Its feel huge and luxury inside bro.

  37. Stuart Cohen
    December 21, 2017
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    Love your videos how can I get in contact with you

  38. Frank Winkhorst
    December 27, 2017
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    No problem getting things in and out. You could bring a piano through that door.

  39. Virginia Hoffman
    December 28, 2017
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    nice house but where is the studio?

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