Here in Louisville, everyone’s pretty excited to see how exactly the Schnitzelburg Container Homes will take shape, but up in Covington, they’re one step ahead.
According to Scott Wartman at the Cincinnati Enquirer, a shipping container house is moving forward after Jerod Theobald received approval from the Covington Urban Design Review Board. Theobald, owner of local Cutman Barbershop, a men’s clothing store called flow, and managing editor at River City News (RCN), hopes to move into the house, located at 307 Orchard Street, by December.
“Shipping container houses are really a trend in architecture right now,” Emily Ahouse, a preservation and planning specialist in Covington, told Wartman. “They’ve been recognized as efficient, flexible, and environmentally conscious dwellings.”
The two-bedroom, one-bathroom house built of two shipping containers is expected to cost between $65,000 and $85,000 and cover 640 square feet on a single floor with a rooftop garden. Theobald plans to use reclaimed wood for floors and walls, among other recycled materials.
“There’s nothing attractive about a steel box,” Theobald told RCN. Our goal was to open the container up as much as possible without jeopardizing its structural integrity. Jim and his team did a great job. The design is beautiful. We hope those in the neighborhood will agree,” said.