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Building a shipping container home is a big project with special considerations. But for this $2M home, the work that went into constructing it was surely worth it, according to RE/MAX Equity Group agent and Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Louise James, the listing agent for the gorgeous 4,074 square-foot container home currently for sale.

Built using 11 shipping containers and customized with Asian-inspired aesthetics throughout, James says the idea for this one-of-a-kind home in Vancouver, Washington, originated as a sketch on a piece of paper in 2015 by builder, owner and designer Edward Merced.

Described as a mid-century modern Japanese design, the eclectic 4-bed, 3.5-bath home has been featured on HGTV’s “Container Homes” and is classified by James as both a “feat of engineering” and as a “sanctuary.”

Here are three reasons to love this home:

1. It’s Eco-Friendly

“Seventy to 80 percent of the house is built with recyclable material,” James says.

Transforming a lightly used shipping container into a livable home is a meaningful example of recycling. James notes sustainability was important to the builder and in addition to using these containers as the primary materials for this home, he also incorporated other eco-friendly features like the sinks in the bathroom, which are made with stones from a local quarry.

“The house is also extremely well-insulated,” James adds.

Following the ups and downs of the lumber market thus far in 2021, renewed interest in alternative building materials has been accelerating and solutions like repurposing shipping containers that would otherwise sit in a landfill are becoming more attractive.

“Sometimes you even forget you’re in a shipping container home when you’re at this house,” she says. “The ceilings are all at least 9 feet high, with large windows and some drywall and wood. It’s both industrial and warm.”

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