Beautiful Two Shipping Container Home in Montana

2x40 ft off-grid container home

About Ty Kelly

Architect Ty Kelly
Location Montana
Containers 2x40ft
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Price (2017) $125,000
Year 2013
Area 720 sqft

Wanting to disconnect from the stresses of a hyper connected life in Seattle, architect and builder Ty Kelly built a beautiful two shipping container home that allowed him to live off grid in style in Montana. The modern structure, which was sold in 2017 for $125,000, is made out of two shipping containers, renovated into a lovely 720 square foot container home built with reclaimed materials as well as some seriously cool handmade finishings done by the architect himself.

Unique modern two shipping container home has one bedroom and one bathroom, featuring clean, contemporary style with floor to ceiling glass.

Features include wood burning stove, IKEA kitchen and bathroom cabinets, hand made butcher block counters, mosaic tile walk-in shower, cedar plank siding, Corbond spray-foam insulation, electric in-wall heaters, contemporary fixtures/appliances/faucets, reclaimed wood throughout and recessed overhead lighting.

The container house feels much larger than it actually is, in part because of it's open layout, as well as the all-glass wall which brings the outdoors in.  Another admiral quality is the use of reclaimed and recycled material. Not only the containers themselves, but many of the interior finishes were salvaged from other places, such as the butcher block countertops, redwood flooring and wood wall panels.


Address 128 W Grannis Rd, Livingston, MT 59047, USA

About Ty Kelly

Ty's professional background and field of study is Architecture, having co-partnered a Seattle based design and model building company since 2000. Following his degree at Montana State University, he attended Graduate School at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles CA.

"The challenge for me, is merging my interests in both art and architecture. Obviously, these two fields inherently share many areas of study throughout their process… color, composition, texture, shape, transparency, spacial relationships, points/lines/planes, and so on. While the built environment is strongly driven by geometric principals and a high level of precision, I think art allows us to take a step back and think more conceptually. This step back offers many different paths to making.

My work oscillates between the figurative and abstract. Model building, which is often dictated by detail-focused craft, has definitely been an influence. Subject matter aside, I put strong emphasis on how things are constructed, which often falls into the areas of relief, collage and sculpture.

I also happen to be a graphics junkie. Admittedly, I like manipulating recognizable imagery, from advertising media to film icons and fueling this interest with nostalgia, humor and pop-culture references."



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Beautiful Two Shipping Container Home in Montana