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House built from 12 shipping containers fetches top dollar

To save money David Wade built his family a home using 12 steel shipping containers – and he has just sold it for “close to $NZ2 million” ($A1.83 million).

It’s no second-rate home, however. The house, which sits in 0.62h of parklike grounds in Waikato, New Zealand, is a massive 320 square metres, and it’s almost impossible to tell it was built from containers, although you can make them out in the grand atrium-style living area.

Listing agent Angela Finnigan of Bayleys Hamilton says an offer from a local buyer was accepted on Friday, March 20, and there was a back-up offer in place from an Aucklander if that one had fallen through.

“It is a family who will be moving in,” Finnigan says.

A shipping container house in Waikato, NZ just sold for close to $NZ2m.

Wade says the industrial design of the house was inspired by a project in northern Maine dubbed “The Adriance House”, by American architect Adam Kalkin.

Black steel and glass envelop a huge atrium living area defined by symmetrical steel stairs (bought on Trade Me) leading off to the upper levels of the wings. A large “fire station” door retracts to open up the entire space to the outdoors.

Wade recycled waste from the containers in other areas of the house, and even made long industrial handles for the bedroom doors.

“We have spent many happy occasions here hosting summer barbecues, drinking cocktails by the pool and long lunching to the backdrop of the lake and surrounding countryside.”

The house garnered plenty of international attention when Wade, who emigrated from England more than a decade ago, documented the journey of his build. He amassed 5000 followers on Facebook from many countries, including France, the US and the UK.

The main house features multiple living zones and a gymnasium. The picturesque, park-like property also boasts a separate laundry, two-bedroom cottage and a 140 square-metre garage that could be used for a home-based business.

 

Source: Domain

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