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Michigan, Next Stop: Container Revolution Sweeps Mid-West

And so the revolution continues. Well, the shipping container conversion revolution at least. This time it’s lucky ol’ Michigan getting the star treatment.

The Mid-West of America has a reputation for being, well, a bit safe and dull. It’s the Americana Kingdom, home to ma and pa stores, the Great Lakes, and now, the state’s first shipping container home. If you’re in Royal Oak, take a wander down Rochester Road and discover the latest talking point for community.
Built from seven disused containers, the home will, once it’s completed, create a fully-functional two storey house. The finished article will be made up of three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, living area – pretty much everything you’d need to be comfortable. Currently, the containers have been brought on to the site; the next step is to bore holes in the corrugated steel of the shipping containers, to make those all-important doors and windows. After that comes the plumbing and electrics, and by that point we should be looking at something a whole lot more homely. The house is set to be completed in early 2015, but no price tag has yet been announced. And for those with an interest in exterior design, you might like to know that while the containers will retain their unique style, they’ll be painted in greens and creams, to fit in with the surrounding neighbourhood.

Nilesh Patel, one of the builders on the project, has claimed that, ‘we are the first ones in Michigan to actually create a house that’s for a traditional family out of recycled shipping containers… What can we do to give homeowners something that’s really efficient, that uses a sustainable material that’s available readily? There has to be a better way of building the traditional home in the modern day, with all this technology and all the sustainable materials out there.’


Here at Gap Containers we think that’s sound logic. After all, our shipping and storage containers have so many more uses than just transporting cargo around the globe. For more information about our services, please do contact us on 0870 240 9405 or email us at and our friendly, professional staff will be more than happy to help with your enquiries. Alternatively you can use our web-form to obtain a quick quote.

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