here in Los Angeles housing is expensivebut there’s an alternative which could save about thirty percent onconstruction cost shipping container homes CBS News Tuesday market shows usmore as the cost of living rises the way we live is changing people are living inmodular homes prefab homes and even shipping container homes. containers get allthe headlines countless shipping containers come into the ports of LA andLong Beach and many of them stay but some are being repurposed intoeverything from retail spaces to homes when Paula approached me about ashipping container home I thought this is insane
and then I met Peter and I stillthought it was insane. Matt and Paula dowd are using shipping containers to build twoshipping container homes in Redondo Beach one for them and one for Grandma. I can age in placeand my grandchildren will grow up here and I’ll be with my daughter and my soninlaw. they’re building with architect Peter DeMaria but it’s an idea thatstill stirs controversy. In this area you mostly find Mediterranean or craftsman style homes and you bringsomething like this to the city and they’re like, quot;yeah I don’t know?quot; it tookseveral trips to the City Council to get their property approved with multiplemodifications to the design and Matt had
the same concerns as the city. quot;my opinionwas oh my gosh it’s going to be boxy and corrugated but many homes built fromshipping containers look like this and this all of these homes were designed bythe architect very few people be able to tell wow that’s a shipping container home. containers are the thing that reallybreaks down the door and people say maybe I can do the little bit differently andI’m not going to sacrifice quality and I’m not going to sacrifice on the size ofthe house and all of it translates into doing it less expensively. most containerscan be covered with any surface like
wood stucco or vinyl siding and it’saffordable while maintaining quality in general they’re around 30 percent less thantraditional construction a great value but the quality of construction is aheavy gauge steel that that blows away wood frame house acomforting thought in quakeprone Southern California and by upcyclingmetal containers it’s one of the greenest options available so thecontainers become a means to an end we’re changing the way we think about building and we’re saving the planet. we’re taking material andupcycling it as opposed to cutting down
five or six acres of forest every timewe put up a new wood frame house. DeMaria says there’s a revolution tochange how we live and the Dowd’s are early adopters and I think this is how agreat progress is made really this happen overnight and the fact that we’rebuilding shipping container homes makes it less expensive so that we can actually buildtwo homes and be able to have three generations on one piece of propertywhere I can run to the store and take care of her and I mean it’s gonna begreat. Marquez CBS two news.