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Shipping container family home: building blocks in Redwoods


The first thought that popped into my mind from such a title was oh no! it’ll look horrific, time wasted but was pleasantly surprised by this ingenious form of housing and the space felt all along. It looks more like modern housing than anything else.
I took the liberty and pleasure to entertain you for a whole 9.33 mn… let me know if it was worth it ūüôā

Published on Jul 7, 2013
Kam Kasravi and Connie Dewitt wanted a modern cabin that wouldn’t disrupt the Redwoods on their property. First they considered prefabs, but quickly realized they wouldn’t fit up the narrow road to their land in the Santa Cruz mountains. So they convinced their friend, architect David Fenster, to design them a home made from shipping containers.

Built from recycled cargo containers hand-picked from the Port of Oakland, Six Oaks was built around the footprint of the land. The containers were building blocks that were cut and stacked to fit between Redwoods along a steep grade.

While the home was assembled in 6 hours, it took nearly a year to finish the interior since so much of it was custom. The unique materials meant some unique requirements: instead of carpenters, they used welders; a commercial roofer had to be hired, etc.

Acoording to Connie, it wasn’t “the cheapest way to build”, but It cost about $50 per square foot less than a more conventional custom home.

They didn’t aim to build an extreme home, but the couple feel confident their home will hold up well under extreme conditions- i.e. falling trees, forest fires. Connie jokes that if a tree does fall on the home, “it will get a little dent and we’ll call the auto body shop to fix the house”.

David Fenster, MODULUS architects http://www.modulus.com/modulus.html

*Thanks to Connie and NorCal Construction for the construction time lapse: http://www.norcalconstruction.com/

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Nature’s gems


A gem found in the rain ©copyright2013owpp

A gem found in the rain
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I bequeath myself to the storms,
To the rain I love, falling gently
Or brutally unto the Oceans marking
Their way, digging tears into the
Grain of shores… bringing out the
Gems of yonder, tempting them out
Of their daily modicum of privacy
And fashioning as a jest, a grand
Exit by beaming scintillae betwixt
Feral clouds thereupon supplanting
Yestereve’s majestic sunset.

Jewel of yonder ©copyright2013owpp

Jewel of yonder
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The grain of shores ©copyright2013owpp

The grain of shores
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Rumbling clouds ©copyright2013owpp

Rumbling clouds
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Desolate & exquisite ©copyright2013owpp

Desolate & exquisite
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Running home! ©copyright2013owpp

Running home!
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Steel seagull ©copyright2013owpp

Steel seagull
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Looking for cover ©copyright2013owpp

Looking for cover
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Everywhere accompanying our very step (trees 3) 28.5.2013


Grazing the foot of mountains ©copyright2013owpp

Grazing the foot of mountains
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Everywhere accompanying our very step (trees 3)
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They are everywhere
Grazing the foot of mountains
Bordering a lake, brushing rooftops,
Designing a niche for a lone abode,
Parading on the Champs-Elysées
Or encircling protectively the Eiffel Tower
Harboring those who hurry home from a
Somber season or guarding the slanting
Façade of a historical house.

They are just everywhere
Accompanying our very step…
Around the globe, we swirl and detect
Leaves ablaze with sun’s warm reflection
Or a trunk soaked by forests flavors
After a sudden gush…
Nourishing and being nourished
By earth’s plentiful.

Rooftop's brushes ©opyright2013owpp

Rooftop’s brushes
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Nature's protective niche ©copyright2013owpp

Nature’s protective niche
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Champs Elysées's parade ©copyright2013owpp

Champs Elys√©es’s parade
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Framing decoratively the Eiffel Tower ©copyright2013owpp

Framing decoratively the Eiffel Tower
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Paris under rain ©copyright2013owpp

Paris under rain
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Slanting façade ©copyright2013owpp

Slanting façade
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Humpback Whale Shows AMAZING Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets


I just received this stunningly moving video which brings tears to your eyes and a huge awareness
of the importance of the welfare of these beautiful, gigantic yet elegant mammals.
The depth of their understanding and their intelligence.

Enjoy this rare encounter, a magical moment in the unique world of water, its universe and inhabitants.

Uploaded on Jul 16, 2011
Be sure to see our full story on this awesome rescue here
http://wakeup-world.com/2011/07/17/whale-shows-amazing-appreciation-after-bei…

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