Local artist Derek Donnelly opens gallery made of shipping containers in Pinellas Park. The bottom floor is made up of three containers and home to a bright, spacious gallery and studio space. The top floor, also made of three containers, is the apartment, which has a kitchen with concrete counter-tops, a large living room, a bathroom, a bedroom and an office space. The seventh container stands vertically with a display window facing Park Boulevard.
Shipping Containers have been re-purposed for housing for a several years now. They are starting to be looked at as a solution to homelessness by some cities and their availability and relatively low cost make them appealing to those looking for off grid cabins. They are also being used by artists to construct studios and even to hostels in order to provide room for travelers.
Containers are stack-able, they can be connected to make larger cabins or homes, or a single shipping container can be used as the shell for a tiny home, all you have to do is design your interior, and run your electrical, plumbing, and so on, just as you would have to do in a model you have built from scratch, and you have a tiny home that is, by design, mobile. That is another benefit to using shipping containers for your tiny home or off grid cabin – they are designed to be moved virtually anywhere you wish. While they are more readily available near port cities, they can also be found at any number of warehouses, shipping yards, trucking company terminals, or they can be purchased online and delivered to you. While more attention goes to tiny homes these days, shipping containers are still being put to use and they are one of the most versatile options out there for a variety of needs.