Beautiful 3000 sqft 5 Bedrooms Shipping Containers Home, Denver, Colorado







About BlueSky Studio

Architecture Joe Simmons, BlueSky Studio
Owner and general contractor Regan Foster
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3.5
Area 3000 sq ft
Containers 9
Location Denver, Colorado

Making a house out of shipping containers sounds easy enough: Just snap up a few neglected boxes from a local junk dealer, rack ’em and stack ’em, and create a bit of old-school prefab magic.

But recycling the detritus of global shipping has its complications. Like how to turn corrugated steel boxes that measure an awkward eight feet wide and 40 feet long into something cozy enough to call home. Or how to keep their metal floors from vibrating when you walk on them, or prevent the chemicals they are treated with from being released into the air. Or, perhaps most important, how to assemble it all so it doesn’t look like you live in the storage yard of the local port authority.




Luckily, Regan Foster likes a challenge. He’s an extreme DIYer and, until recently, a firefighter, the kind of guy who is used to working 24-hour shifts and given to starting his day with a plunge into an outdoor ice bath. The house he designed and built with his wife, Libby, located just outside the Denver city line in Adams County, harnesses nine shipping containers into a 3,000-square-foot structure that’s meant to be shared with friends and neighbors. "We believe community and family are a strong part of living a life well-spent," Regan says.

In all, the house has five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, and an in-law suite with a separate entrance where Libby’s mother lives. Four of the containers are placed on the ground—side-by-side in pairs set 24 feet apart—to form the first floor. Another four are stacked above them, some shifted forward, to create a cantilevered second story. The ninth container sits perpendicular at the back of the second level to form a U-shape. The house is enclosed in front with a conventionally framed wall and on top with a flat roof supported by exposed joists.

In the voluminous great room, the ceiling rises to 25 feet. The space feels even larger thanks to a sliding glass wall that connects it to the back patio, which Regan outfitted with a grill, a prep countertop, and benches he built using chunks of concrete slab saved from the demolition of a small house that formerly stood on the lot.

Regan acted as general contractor and consulted with architect Joe Simmons of BlueSky Studio on the design. "When we first met, he gave me a diagram," says Simmons. "He pretty much had it all figured out." In fact, after the project ended and Regan earned his GC license, he retired from the fire department to pursue opportunities in real estate and construction. (The family also rents the house on Airbnb from time to time.)

Together, the pair solved structural questions. Although shipping containers stack easily and some can handle loads of more than of 50,000 pounds, Regan and Simmons had to reinforce theirs in places where they cut out windows and doors. They also reduced vibrations along the length of the containers by welding additional steel plates to the C-channel base structure to make them more rigid.

Regan, whose resumé includes furniture maker, did much of the interior himself. He laid the floors in hallways using various materials, including recycled barn wood and boards he fashioned from a catalpa tree a friend cut down. He turned a walnut slab into a sliding door and built a set of stairs from parallel strand lumber that leads to a cantilevered walkway that runs the length of the second floor.

To avoid any eventual off-gassing from the treated wood floors that came with the containers, Regan replaced them with stained, sealed plywood finish flooring and installed a heating system beneath.

But he was careful not to ruin the industrial charm of the containers. The inside faces of the exterior walls are layered with insulation and drywall, but many of the interior walls and ceilings remain exposed, with the painted, corrugated metal showing the inevitable minor dents accrued during the boxes’ previous lives.

The house and yard are regularly the site of social gatherings, and the Fosters recently hosted an event for CrossPurpose, a nonprofit that supports career training for those in need.

"Every day a voice in my head says, ‘You have one life to live, how are you going to live it?’" Regan explains. "So this house is just another stepping stone in a life full of curiosity and adventure."

Description from Airbnb

Our custom shipping container home is 3000 sqft. It's full of light & it has a large, custom kitchen. It has a unique atmosphere, comfort & privacy while sleeping many people. It has 25 ft ceilings in the great room, it feels grand and cozy! The location really is centrally located, there's so many things to do! We are near many shops, restaurants & parks, downtown and the mountains! We're a quick drive to the airport!

Good for couples, business travelers, families (with kids), & big groups.

The space

Our space is 3000 sqft of custom built goodness!! We have 3 bedrooms upstairs and 2 bedrooms downstairs. There are 2 full bathrooms upstairs and 1.5 baths downstairs. Our kitchen is amazing and so fun to cook in! There are 2 living areas, one with access to the screen projector and Netflix! There is a large front porch and back patio! There is also a private balcony off of the master bedroom!
There is a separate, ATTACHED apartment, that is OCCUPIED (which is why we do not allow parties!). We also require quiet hours from 10p-7a. This does not mean silent hours, just quiet. And we are strict on this.




Guest access

There is a separate, ATTACHED apartment, that is OCCUPIED (which is why we do not allow parties!). It has a separate entrance and access from within the main house. The door does remain locked, if this space is unrented. The garage off of the house is also prohibited. Otherwise, the house is yours! You'll enjoy the space!

Other things to note

While we have a great screen projector that can be used to watch DVD's and Netflix, we do not have a TV or cable. We have an Apple TV too.

























About BlueSky Studio


BlueSky Studio is a creative enterprise dedicated to providing architectural services to a variety of clients and users. Our work has centered on the urban environment of cities. From high-density residential towers and loft conversions to creative work environments and historic restorations, we are committed to the health of cities. We have a staff of enthusiastic, highly creative and devoted architects passionately engaged in making the dreams of our clients become reality.

Founded in 1984 by its principal, Joseph E. Simmons, BlueSky Studio has built a reputation by becoming an integral part of the restoration and renovation of lower downtown buildings into living space and retail environments. With over 25 renovations and restoration projects credited to our portfolio, we have the expertise that allows us to successfully negotiate the conflicting demands of any program, from schedule and budget requirements, to the provisions of Neighborhood, Building, Fire and Preservation Codes. We are on the Colorado Historical Society’s list of recommended Preservation Architects and have worked with and served on Design Review Boards. So we understand the goals and needs of both sides.




Our firm is famous not only for Historic Preservation but also for our substantial work in multi family housing. We have two prominent residential buildings in Denver’s redeveloped Golden Triangle, with luxury suites that look out over the gorgeous views of Colorado’s famous Rocky Mountains. Other residential projects can be pointed out just by taking a simple walking tour of the downtown metro area. We have mastered the mixing of high density living with comfort and style. We design quality with our quantity.

BlueSky Studio does not stop there, having completed projects ranging from simple retail spaces, to large commercial buildings. We have worked in several states and for clients such as Federal Express, The City of Golden’s Waste Tech Services, and Regis College.

We are a tight-knit and hard-working studio of 12 dedicated men and women who possess both the vision and experience to help any client realize the goals of his or her project as well as provide a professional and pleasant working environment. Joe Simmons, as “Principal-in-Charge”, is the design leader on all projects and keeps active in all aspects of the project until well after compellation. BlueSky Studio offers not only this personalized service but passes along the benefits of years of experience with the Denver Building Department, area contractors and subcontractors. For work to be successful, one must build good relationships with all parties involved in a project.

BlueSky Studio is the cool oasis in the urban desert – a creative environment for Architecture. Comprised of imaginative people who truly enjoy what they do, this office chooses to distinguish its self with inventive solutions for everyday design problems that lead to extraordinary building results.

Address1553 Platte Street, Suite 205, Denver, CO 80202
Phone303-433-2255
Fax303-433-2202
Emailjsimmons@blueskystudio.com
Websitehttp://www.blueskystudio.com

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Beautiful 3000 sqft 5 Bedrooms Shipping Containers Home, Denver, Colorado