Greetings from San Francisco! 🙂
Having personally spent some time living in San Francisco I know the housing situation is all about making the most of your space. So what happens when you have a large warehouse style apartment yet want separate bedrooms and an office? Put a shipping container inside! This couple made it happen!
Two San Francisco art and travel addicts overhauled their loft with customized shipping containers to accommodate their art collection and reflect their passions. This large warehouse style apartment in Pacific Heights, San Francisco was separated into internal rooms by inserting some boldly colored shipping containers into the space. With a length of 127 feet and a total area of 3200 square feet , the warehouse now houses two containers; a workspace and guest bedroom. For added interest the owners said they oriented the containers are juxtaposed one on top of the other at ninety degree angles so that the top container cantilevers, adding even more visual interest.
The floor had to be reinforced to withstand the nine tons of weight and the containers were lowered in through an opening in the roof. The orange container houses a guest bedroom complete with a murphy bed operated by a pulley, ensuite bathroom with industrial exposed plumbing and a unique frosted glass wall which is turned on and off with the flick of a switch. The blue container houses the office and has its own clever features. The majority of the ceiling on the container has been removed which acts to both open up the room as well as providing space for a sleeping nook above. The office also has a horizontal cutout window at desk height which provides a view across the kitchen and living space below.
The owners, Jeff Wardell and Claudia Sagan, in February of 2007 purchased a 3,200-square- foot former Chinese laundry and tooth-powder factory with column-free interiors and a zigzagging sawtooth roof in lower Pacific Heights. As a former VP of real estate for Williams-Sonoma, “Claudia knew right away it had excellent bones,” says Wardell, a former financial advisor.
Where some might box the cavernous space into cozier rooms, Wardell and Sagan wanted “to celebrate that length,” Sagan says. The apartment lies on a north–south axis with large windows at either end. To showcase the art and maximize daylight, they decided to situate the master bedroom at the back, away from the street, but keep everything else open, with a central kitchen and living room and a den facing the street. They hired a local company to sandblast the interior to expose the board-formed concrete walls and replaced the carpeted floors with Georgia hickory pecan planks— the longest, knottiest boards they could find—to further lengthen the loft and make it look more like a warehouse.
Researching this amazing house was really interesting! I had never heard about someone putting a shipping container inside of an apartment before. Aren’t the photos spectacular? If you are in the market to buy something similar, I have found the company they used. Prefab Logical Homes, some incorporating shipping containers, start at 160 square feet for $25,000.
Photos credit: Dwell.com