This week started with a local home being featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Here’s the link to a short three minute segment about this shipping container home.
The home was built in 2016, and it is approximately three miles from our home in St. Charles, Missouri. Zack and Brie Smithey are the owners. I don’t know Zack or Brie, except for meeting Zack once. The thumbnail of the video is actually the back of the home.
When the home was being built, Dan and I took a bike ride over to see it. Zack was there working, and we happened to see him outside. We stopped our bikes and asked him all about it. He cheerfully told us about the home he was building and patiently answered all our questions. I remember, near the end of our conversation, saying, “This is so cool.” He smiled a really big smile. I wondered if he was surprised that someone my age would like something like this.
Only in hindsight, did I think that Zack probably had a million and one things to do that day; yet, he took the time to visit with us.
I know there were issues with zoning codes as well as some of the neighbors. When he put the arched windows in “upside down” and painted the outside in blue and white stripes, some thought it was the coolest thing ever. Others thought it to be an abomination.
Opinions are still varied, even though it’s been five plus years, and the home has had some national publicity. The recent “CBS Sunday Morning” segment was posted in our neighborhood Facebook page. I won’t repeat any specific comments since our group is private, but the comments are varied from one extreme to the other.
To be honest, I still have trouble with the “upside down” windows. But you see, Zack is an artist. And from what I can tell from his Facebook page and his website, he has achieved a degree of notoriety. You can check out his artwork on the website page.
I remember Zach telling us when the house was complete, he was going to have an open house where people could walk through for a donation. The donations were targeted for some good cause. I can’t remember what it was specifically. I would have loved to have participated, but we just happened to be out of town that day. Wouldn’t you know it!
It’s not the same as seeing it in person, but you can see a few pictures of the inside of the home here.
Personally, I would not want a house like that. It’s not me. However, I do think the house – and Zach – are just so cool. I feel a bit like George on that Seinfeld episode – remember the one where he thought Tony was just so cool? I like people who dare to be different. Extra points if they are nice.
I also like the fact that shipping containers were used, and that everything in the house was upcycled.
What do you think? Would you ever choose to live in a “different” type house? A tiny house? A berm home? A shipping container home? A house on wheels? A home, made up of three pods, elevated 12 feet above the ground in the Caribbean with a view of the ocean?
What would you think if it was built right next to your home? Would you be worried about the value of your property? Do you like it but think such a home should be relegated to certain locations or lot sizes? Or would you bring a plate of homemade cookies over and welcome them to the neighborhood?
I could live in a shipping container home; however, the home would need to be more conventional. It could take on a more modern design though. But just so you know. I am not planning to go anywhere. I plan to stay right where we are – in our “celery green” home in New Two St. Charles. That’s a little bit different, too, dontcha think?