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Is the Container_Studio “green?”
While it might not be as “green” as a wigwam made out of pre-fallen timber, the Container_Studio has a number of features that decrease its impact on the environment. Four recycled shipping containers make up the bulk of the building material by weight. Because of an import surplus with Asia, thousands of shipping containers are left on our docks never to be sent back making them a perfect material to recycle. To increase its energy efficiency, the Container_Studio is insulated with closed-cell foam and double-pane windows in order to better maintain a constant temperature.
How much is a Container_Studio?
Try to beat these prices. We dare you. For $99,000 you get a 950 square foot Container_Studio with a double-height work space and a 2nd floor office completely finished including insulation, electrical wiring and lighting, plumbing, fixtures, windows, and a finished floor. For $129,000 you get everything from the Container_Studio plus one bedroom, one bathroom, a walk-in closet, living room, and a full kitchen. And for $149,00 you get everything above plus a second bedroom and a second bathroom. These prices do not include delivery, installation, and a small amount of on-site labor. We estimate, on average, that delivery and installations costs could range from $25,000 to $45,000 depending on accessibility and location.
How big is the Container_Studio?
950 square-feet with a double-height living room that makes it feel much larger. The living room is 19’ long, 15’ wide, and 17'-6" high. The master bedroom is 15’ long and 7’-5” wide with an attached bathroom and walk-in closet that is 12’-4” long and 7' wide. The downstairs bedroom is 7’-5” long and 7’ wide and the kitchen is 12’-8” long and 7’ wide.
I would like to make some customizations…
The only way that we can keep the Container_Studio priced way below conventional construction is to value engineer every detail of the project and negotiate a fair price with our fabricators so any customizations to the design will add to its cost. But, the Insta_House can be expanded and customized on-site by a local builder using your preferred method of construction.
How complete is the Container_Studio?
Once delivered, the house needs about one to four days of on-site assembly by a local builder and is then up to code and completely ready to move in. Just bring a bed and a tooth brush. It includes bamboo flooring, painted drywall, insulation, fixtures, and appliances. A list of our hand-selected appliances will be provided once an account has been set up.
Do you deliver internationally?
At this point, we do not. We have several manufactures on the East and West coasts but, for now, our deliveries are limited to the continental United States.
What must be done on-site before the Container_Studio is delivered?
A local builder must install six or nine concrete columns on to which the Container_Studio is placed and fastened. Before the Insta_House is delivered, the builder must bring sewage, water, and electrical lines to the site. After delivery, the builder must connect the Container_Studio to the utilities on site.
What is the difference between the Container_Studio and the the Container_Studio?
Every Container_Studio starts with the Container_Studio. The Container_Studio is a series of options that turn the Container_Studio into a home. These options include bedrooms, bathrooms, and a kitchen. The Container_Studio also features fewer windows --freeing up wall space for art or storage.
Where can I see one?
Our first prototype was site-built in Amagansett, NY on private property. We are currently on track to build in Montauk, Sag Harbor and Annandale-on-Hudson. Please sign up for our infrequently sent news emails (here) to get status updates of these projects.
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