Shipping Container Home Addition, Austin, Texas

About Mark Reynolds Architecture
About Sige&Honey
About Troo Designs

ArchitectMark Reynolds Architecture
Shipping Container Home Addition BuilderSige&Honey
Shipping Container Home Interior Design Troo Designs
Containers 1x20ft
Location Austin, Texas
Year 2016
Area 160 sqft

Patrice Rios, founder of interior design firm Troo Designs and custom shipping container business Sige&Honey, has combined her two loves in a new project in East Austin’s popular Mueller neighborhood.

Designed with local architect Mark Reynolds, the duplex creatively reuses shipping containers as home additions that can serve as guest bedrooms, offices, or art studios. "The intent was to give the homeowner a place where they felt inspired to live and work," says Rios. With one unit already sold, Unit B, which mirrors the same floor plan with more feminine finishes, is being offered for $499,000.

In her discussions with Reynolds, Rios requested that the architecture of the building reflect the shipping containers in the backyard. The modular appearance of the duplex, clad in white Hardie plank siding, mimics the look of a two-story container home. With large windows and 11-foot-tall ceilings, the two-bedroom, three-bath residence feels more spacious than its 1,484 square feet. On the ground floor, the living, dining, and kitchen areas flow into one another; potential guests in the shipping container also have easy access to a full bath of their own. A steel-and-wood floating staircase leads to the second floor, which holds two bedrooms with patio access.

"This home brings a downtown high-rise feel with your own private work space and is literally steps away from one of the most popular neighborhoods in Austin," says Rios. "The east side is vibrant, funky, and very open to new concepts. There is no other place I would have rather built my first home including the shipping containers." 

The two units in the duplex share a wall in the main house, so Rios continued the mirrored effect by placing the shipping containers side by side about 10 feet away from the home. Cut into the sides, the windows allow natural light to illuminate the shipping container home addition and are designed to give parents a view of the kids playing in the backyard.

A stained concrete floor gleams throughout the first floor. "The staircase is a real showstopper," says Rios, "connecting to the industrial steel of the containers, but warmed by wooden beams."


It's up to the homeowner to decide what to do with 160 square feet shipping container home addition; here, it's staged as a home office.

The shipping container home addition features track lighting, wall sconces, a full-height cabinet to hang clothes, and a mini split air conditioner. 

The floors are a mix of engineered wood and hand-painted tile from Clay Imports.

From inside the shipping container home addition, you can see through to the front of the house.

About Mark Reynolds Architecture

Mark Reynolds and Associates is an architectural firm based in Austin, Texas offering the services of a team of qualified professional architect and engineers
capable of delivering complete design and technical services including the preparation of contract drawings, specifications, cost estimating, and project management.

Our background includes many building types, among them custom residences, condominiums, grocery stores, restaurants, banks, retirement facilities with
health care and food service accommodations, industrial buildings, medical facilities, libraries, historical renovations, and government/military facilities.

The firm was founded in Brownsville, Texas in 1981, moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1984, and in 2006 relocated to Austin, Texas.  The firm has provided
services to both private and corporate clients over the years throughout Central and South Texas as well as Mexico.

Registration No. 8341  Registered August 31, 1981


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Address3408 Red River St, Austin, TX 78705, United States
Phone+1 512-477-9726

About Sige&Honey

Sige & Honey creates high-quality and beautifully-designed living spaces. We provide a one-on-one custom design service to help bring to life what you envision for a space that will forever inspire you to live creatively.

Address7305 Geneva Dr, Austin, TX 78723 USA
Phone+1 512-686-3531

About Troo Designs

Troo Designs KBI is a full-service design firm that designs spaces from concept to completion nationwide. We have garnered a reputation for beautifully balanced spaces that feel refreshingly modern and endlessly classic. Our quality cabinetry lines offer both custom and semi-custom options. We create one of a kind interiors for full new builds and renovations that stand the test of time. Based out of Austin, TX, our team has designed hundreds of projects, which has led us to develop and refine a seamless process to help our clients navigate each step. Our designers collaborate from the floor plan development, interior drawings, custom cabinetry, finishes, home staging, and selections.

OUR MISSION is to create thoughtful, beautiful interiors and exteriors that meet our clients’ aesthetic, functional, and economic goals with a flexible and responsive approach.

Address4646 Mueller Blvd #1050, Austin, TX 78723, United States
Phone+1 512-596-2927

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