- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - An unfinished house in Royal Oak is drawing the attention of passersby due to the unusual material it’s being constructed with: commercial shipping containers.

“Ever since construction started this summer, people stop and stare at it,” said neighbor Lawrence Marble. “Every day (motorists) on Rochester stop and look at it. Some people even take pictures.”

The builder, ModEco Development, tells The (Royal Oak) Daily Tribune (https://bit.ly/1v70ulI ) that the two-story house is likely the first of its kind in Michigan. Seven shipping containers will be transformed to make up the 2,100 square-foot home, which includes three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Holes for windows and passageways will be cut before plumbing, electrical wiring and other mechanical functions are installed.

“We wanted to do something outside the box, especially for Michigan,” ModEco employee Nilesh Patel said. “The housing industry has had very little innovation and we wanted to give it a different take on things.”

Using recycled shipping containers as building materials is a trend that began on the West Coast more than a decade ago, according to Joe Latozas, project manager for the house with Rochester-based Designhaus Architecture. Now the containers are used to build houses all over the world, he said, in Japan, Norway, Central America and beyond.

“As long as it looks like a residence when it’s finished I think it will be good for the neighborhood,” Marble said.

The company hopes to put the house on the market early next year. The final price of the home hasn’t been determined yet since it’s a new concept, Patel said.

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Information from: The Daily Tribune, https://www.dailytribune.com


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