A house with an entire floor made from shipping containers and other materials collected throughout the house is on the market for $1.78 million.
The 1,600-square-foot, two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom home in the Lantern District of Dana Point, Orange County, was built in 2019 on the site of an old house.
Max Auerswald bought the property for $486,500 in June 2015 with his wife, Talee, and then demolished the 500-square-foot, single-story home.
The new house is secured with earthquake-resistant caissons dug 15 feet into the ground and has a stone and concrete lower floor.
Two 40-foot containers and two 20-foot shipping containers were placed on top to create the second level, along with a small balcony lined with potted trees.
This 1,600 square foot home features two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. Built in 2019, the Orange County home was made from repurposed shipping containers and was listed for sale on February 8 by Bullock Russell Real Estate Services. The house is located in the Lantern District of Dana Point, California. House hunters can purchase this home now for a whopping $1.78 million.
The home was purchased by Max Auerswald and his wife for $486,500 in June 2015. The home was just a 500-square-foot, single-story property before the Auerswalds demolished it. The couple opted to add two 40-foot shipping containers and two 20-foot shipping containers to create the second floor of the home.
The spacious living room appears to be an ideal area for quiet evenings at home and large events with friends or family. It is also one of many rooms that feature salvaged or rejected building materials. Small windows may not provide as much natural light as some home buyers would like.
Although the windows near the sectional sofa are small, the room is very close to one of the two patios that were built during the recent construction. Auerswald found several abandoned doors that are now used in the house
The kitchen includes beautiful stone walls. The walls of the room apparently gave the house its nickname: “Pebble House.”
The kitchen has quartz countertops and a casement window with a slab of Italian travertine for passing food and drinks to guests outside. Outside that window, and near a folding steel door from La Cantina, is a bison pedestal platform made of Brazilian wood, next to a private garden with an outdoor shower.
The area is also home to smart technology and air conditioning. Like all other rooms in the house, the kitchen is earthquake resistant.
The kitchen also features custom white cabinets and is near the beautiful staircase that leads to the home’s small deck.
Used containers cost about $1,800 each, much less than a new one, which Auerswald said could cost up to $5,000.
Many of the other materials used in the house are salvaged or made from rejected building materials, such as small pieces of stone that didn’t fit properly into the building projects of family and friends who work in construction.
Behind a huge soundproofed automatic sliding door salvaged from a barn in Idaho is a single garage and an artist studio, with a hidden pedestrian door cut into it.
Other abandoned doors he found were used in the bathroom and bedrooms and the mailbox was purchased at a local vintage market.
Much of the flooring is reclaimed French limestone and many of the wooden beams are also recycled.
One of the bathrooms with a freestanding bathtub is located right near the living room and master bedroom. Its wide mirror makes it easy for two people to get ready in the morning, even though there is only one sink.
The two bedrooms that are located in the property have beautiful wooden floors.
The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and there is also a rear balcony with a corrugated roof overlooking the neighborhood. Provides great natural light to a cozy bedroom connected to the living room.
These stairs lead to the huge second floor living room.
The lower deck features an outdoor shower connected to the house.
The outdoor deck is also near the garage, which is made from reclaimed wood from an Idaho barn. The garage doubles as an art studio and features a built-in bed.
The second floor balcony overlooks the neighborhood, while the trees that line the property offer privacy.
The kitchen has quartz countertops and a casement window with a slab of Italian travertine for passing food and drinks to guests outside.
Outside that window, and near a folding steel door from La Cantina, is a bison pedestal platform made of Brazilian wood, next to a private garden with an outdoor shower.
The lower level has a large dining room and laundry room, with a staircase leading to the second floor where there is a huge living room.
The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and there is also a rear balcony with a corrugated roof overlooking the neighborhood.
The home is equipped with a Lutron low voltage lighting system, Nest thermostat, 500 amp panel, and new air conditioning.
An open day will be held on Saturday.