3 Bedroom Shipping Container Home, New Orleans, Louisiana

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About Corey Newell - Newell Architecture & Development, LLC
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ArchitectCorey Newell - Newell Architecture & Development, LLC
Structural EngineeringDesign Office
Containers4 x 40 ft
Area1,280 sf
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana

Description from Zillow

This Shipping Container Home in New Orleans (Louisiana) is a single family home that was built in 2016. It contains 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. This home last sold for $250,000 in December 2018.

This solid steel home is constructed w/ recycled shipping containers. Very energy efficient, sustainable, & eco friendly. Wonderful open floor plan, wood floors & led lighting through out, soft close cabinets, cortez tops, s.S. Apps, dbl insulated windows, 22 seer ac/heating, spray foam insulation, all low flow plumbing fixtures, tankless water heater, existing container doors can be closed for storms or privacy. Front & rear porch.

Artcile from The Advocate, 2016

The three-bedroom, two-bath house in New Orleans, Louisiana was built using four recycled steel shipping containers, which cost about $2,500 apiece.

"It's something that's been a passion of mine for a while," said architect Corey Newell, who designed and built the home, which has 8-foot-high ceilings and about 1,280 square feet of living space. "I've always had an eco-friendly, sustainable kind of mindset."

Converting old shipping containers into temporary or permanent homes, offices or stores is not a new idea, but it has only recently emerged in practice in New Orleans, according to Newell and others who follow local architectural trends.

Perhaps most notably, Grow Dat Youth Farm's two-acre sustainable farm in City Park has its offices, teaching kitchen space, storage and other features in seven retrofitted shipping containers.

Even this year's edition of the annual New Orleans Home and Garden Show featured a number of former shipping containers that were converted for daily uses, including a child's playhouse and a guest house.

"We had a huge interest in it," said Mike Zalaznik, the show's general manger. "People were very, very curious about it."

To enthusiasts like Newell, 31, the cargo containers are a natural fit for a city like New Orleans. Hundreds of thousands of the units pass through the local port each year. A handful of area companies sell used containers, and there may be 1,000 available for sale at any given time.

Not long after his house hit the market, Newell picked up a new client who was impressed by the design.

"I want to be the guy who's kind of known for (building with containers) in this region," he said. "I'm just surprised that we were so slow to catch onto it."

For home builders, the containers have some inherent advantages, like improved energy efficiency and durability, he said.

But anyone expecting to reap major savings by building with containers may be surprised. The costs involved with building his house were comparable to a traditional wooden home, he said — a fact he attributed in part to using high-end, energy-efficient appliances like a tankless water heater and ductless air conditioning units. There's also spray foam insulation between the container's walls and drywall.

Newell believes he will get the cost down once he's building the homes at a regular clip. His first effort took nearly six months to finish, and he's confident he can cut that to four.

Hiring a contractor to handle the work would likely cost about $120 per square foot for "a decent build-out," he said, similar to a traditional wooden home. Handling the work on his own cut it to about $110 per square foot, he said, which was $15 more than he had initially estimated.

"My ultimate goal is to really get into developing these things on a larger scale," he said. "Hopefully, we'll get to the point where we can do some retail storefronts, some apartment buildings. Just keep building them on a larger scale to where they become an architectural norm."

The Dryades Street home, which is listed for $250,000, has drawn some interest, but Newell speculates that some potential buyers may be hindered by financing issues, which could slow any deal.

Next up for Newell: a seven-container home slated for the Irish Channel, which is still in the permitting stages.

The buyer, Kicker Kalozdi, spent months looking for a home to buy. After catching a glimpse of Newell's Central City property, he was hooked.

"I immediately knew this was something that can work for me," said Kalozdi, 31, who plans to use the Irish Channel building as a home and a work space for DamnDog, his line of high-end leather and canvas bags. "It's not going to work for everyone, but there's enough crazy people like me living in the city that want something different."

Meanwhile, as local officials search for creative ideas to bolster the city's stock of affordable housing, some advocates are looking toward cargo containers as a potential solution — an idea that's gained traction in cities like Los Angeles and Seattle.

Lou Anne White, a longtime advocate for the homeless, is developing a project to use old containers for housing in the Lower 9th Ward. She is working with Propeller, a business incubator that promotes ventures seeking to tackle pressing issues facing New Orleans.

White plans to use 10 containers. She estimates that her concept will cost about $590,000 to implement, including buying the land. She's working to get nearby residents involved in the process.

"For $2,500 to $3,000, you get a structure that has a roof, walls, a floor," she said, "and depending on how much money you want to spend on the conversion, there's so many different possibilities in terms of customizing it."

Seth Rodewald-Bates, 32, a landscape architect, got to work on his shipping-container home in Carrollton about four years ago, handling most of the work himself and with help from family and friends. He bought his containers at Boasso America in Chalmette.

Rodewald-Bates' initial hurdle was financing.

"I think we went to nine different banks — local, regional, national — and none of them would even send it to their appraisal department," he said. Instead of a construction loan, he ended up taking out personal loans.

Some of that resistance lessened after it was built and he was able to refinance his loans for the 750-square-foot home, which used two container units.

"When we have all the container doors open, we get really great natural light, and it really makes it feel quite a bit larger than it actually is, square-footagewise," he said. "That's a very enjoyable aspect of it."

Given the upgrades, he said his savings were also minimal compared with a traditional home.

But he's glad he did it.

"It's not like there are very many around," he said. "You don't have to worry about anybody confusing your house with somebody else's."

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Address: 2844 Dryades St, New Orleans, LA 70115

About Corey Newell - Newell Architecture & Development, LLC (Louisiana)

Address4718 Press Dr, New Orleans, LA 70126 USA
Phone+1 504 812-9496

About Design Office (Louisiana)

We are an experienced, young, and energetic team of architecture and structural engineering design professionals that have been providing world-class design services (shipping container homes) to the Greater New Orleans area, and beyond, since 2011. We consistently deliver our clients outstanding attention and service with our thoughtful team of personable, friendly, and creative design professionals. Back in 2011, we believed that inspiring architecture can be made with real-world constraints and today, we still DO.

In addition, DO often works closely with a variety of subcontractors, which gives us a broad perspective of and extends our knowledge base and capacity for construction management, BIM/VDC and building envelope consulting.

United through our love of innovative technology and passion for design, including shipping container homes design, DO’s architect team is setting the new standards for the AECO industry. As members of the National Institute of Building Science and buildingSMART alliance, DO’s team of civil and structural engineers masterfully marry science and art. DO delivers exceptional, timeless designs while meeting the strictest of budgets. DO’s expertise and interdisciplinary approach are reflected in our consummate delivery of the most effective and elegant solutions.

DO is a team of BIM-specializing architects and engineers who are leading the way to the future of design, construction and occupancy.

PlanningOperations & MaintenanceDesign & Construction
DO collaborates with clients by exploring and advising through every phase of a shipping container home project whether it be digital, imaginative or physical.DO's process leads to a wholistic building information system from a tool for realization to a virtual representation of a building post-occupancy.DO optimizes the interoperability of BIM's integration system of building materials and processes to precisely predict and manage each shipping container home construction.


DO respects every emerging shipping container home project and consultation as an endeavor that deserves mindful exploration towards the best possible solutions. Through imagination and visualization as well as establishing of workflow, DO collaborates with clients by exploring and advising through every phase of a shipping container home project whether it be digital, imaginative or physical.

  • Strategic Facility Planning
  • Facility Evaluation Services
  • Construction Procurement

Operations and Maintenance

Exceptional shipping container architecture should inspire and be inspired by the lives of those utilizing the space. DO’s process leads to a wholistic shipping container building information system from a tool for realization to a virtual representation of a building post-occupancy. “Owners” want design and construction information to be delivered electronically so they can link operations and facility information. Owners perceive this as a cost-effective way to reduce operational costs. This is the essence behind the life-cycle approach to project information that our industry needs to adopt. – (AIA Project/Service Delivery Think Tank)

  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation
  • Facility Management/Consulting
  • Database/Protocol Management

Design and Construction

Every good idea needs a means of realization. From the development of an idea into action, DO forecasts and supports smarter shipping container home design decisions by utilizing digital design technologies from initial choice of construction materials through construction process management to post-occupancy evaluation. Often marrying traditional materials and methods such as masonry, concrete, wood and metals to innovative compositions, DO meets the strictest of budgets while realizing the most effective vision.

Regardless of size or scope, DO’s talented teams work tirelessly to resolve all speculative and definitive issues, setting a steady pace of progress through each phase of shipping container home construction through completion. DO optimizes the interoperability of BIM’s integration system of building materials and processes to precisely predict and manage each construction phase in as stream-lined and transparent method as possible, thereby creating new efficiencies and cost savings.

  • Design/Visualizations/Renderings
  • Record Drawing
  • Energy Analysis and Design
  • Construction Documentation – Drawings
  • Construction Documentation – Specifications
  • Contract Administration
  • Construction Management

Building SMART

From inception, DO has dedicated itself to best realize and serve each client’s needs through premiere design. With keen focus on innovations and efficiencies, DO utilizes and delivers every shipping container home design through a Building Information Model (BIM).

DO maximizes the advantages of utilizing BIM which are notable at each phase of a building, through design, construction, and facility management. From the onset, BIM allows DO the ability to better predict the outcome of a shipping container home before it’s built. It enables DO to generate more sustainable, precise designs with fewer errors and less waste. Because BIM is a digital representation of a building that can be queried for information, DO utilizes BIM both as a product and a process to act as a critical communication and collaboration tool. Most singularly, through BIM, DO delivers a virtual representation of a building or shipping container home inclusive of information about physical attributes of building objects, tracking of construction sequence planning, and detailed description of how building parts are fabricated and assembled – in short, through BIM, DO’s design seamlessly evolves into the building’s most comprehensive facilities management reference. Case in point, our federal government – GSA (U.S. General Services Administration) as a client requires BIM to aid in the operations of its buildings.

As one of the only design firms in the South to utilize BIM exclusively on each and every project, DO advances design through buildingSMART processes. Through its dedication to excellent design and BIM, DO creates the most accurate model that grows from a tool for realization to a virtual representation of a building post-occupancy

Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Great structures demand that design, finance and technology work together; accordingly, DO believes in enduring vision and profitability.

Our shipping container home design solutions result from a collaborative process that encourages multidisciplinary professionalism teams to research alternatives, share knowledge and imagine new ways to solve the challenges of the built environment. While we are well-versed in the on-going development of architectural theories, our expertise and ambition extends beyond the discussion and design of buildings and shipping container homes. We look at an entire project and consider the site, the cultural and economic environment, a client’s physical needs and budget constraints, as well as construction techniques, branding, marketing, and post-occupancy issues. We use evolving computer-aided design technologies not only to produce innovative forms but to streamline the design and construction process and create new efficiencies and cost-savings.

Address3308 Tulane Ave #324, New Orleans, LA 70119, United States

3 Bedroom Shipping Container Home, New Orleans, Louisiana