And Then There Were Walls

What’s a house without walls? Ours in this case would be a cut up shipping container not fit to live in. But with a little hard work and some metal studs, a shipping container becomes a home.

The walls were installed over a few nights, courtesy of Tyler and Kent Bright, and with a little help from our friend Ben Belden. Our first container now has the bones of a true house, and the final product is now becoming visible. The walls were installed for our closet, our shower, and the end wall where the original doors were removed.

We used metal studs, not only because they are stronger and straighter than wood, but they are 100% recycled, and 100% recyclable. Using metal studs will also give us fire protection, termite protection, and hopefully save a few precious trees in the process.

Now down to the nitty gritty..

We used 3-5/8″ studs for all the walls in our master suite, besides the bathroom, where we used 6″, to leave space for the bathroom plumbing.

Here are our shower walls:

The hole in the floor will become our shower drain, and the floor in the entire bathroom will be tiled over.

His and Her walk-thru closet:


The walls in our closet will be metal as well as the ceiling. To finish it out we will put a nice coat of paint on the walls, add some closet storage and refinish those awesome teak floors. We will also install a $5 vintage light fixture we picked up at the flea market this weekend.

The master bedroom (the truck will not be our view from our newly framed out window):


There was also a hole cut in the bathroom floor for the toilet, and I know you really want to see it… so here it is:


So there you have it, we officially have walls in our master suite!

There is still a lot of work to be done on this container, including cutting holes for the HVAC system and also the finishing touches, such as: drywall, refinishing the floors, tiling the bathroom floors and shower, installing bathroom fixtures and painting the walls and ceilings. But those will not be completed until the house is “dried in”, which will be after all 5 containers are placed on the slab and connected. But for now this container will probably not be mentioned again until it is on the slab!


8 thoughts on “And Then There Were Walls

  1. Greg says:

    Came here from the “This Land” link. My wife and I live in Lortondale, so we very much like Mid-Century Modern. I like modern and industrial, so I’ve been interested in container homes for some time. I’m glad to see someone is building one in Tulsa! I’ll keep following the blog to see how the project progresses.


    • Hannah says:

      I love the Lortondale area, we originally wanted to buy an old mid-century modern home and renovate, but we wanted to live on some land, so this is what we decided on. Thanks for following!


  2. Nancy Graham says:

    Hi there. So glad to see you guys are doing this close to where I am dreaming of doing a container home. (in North Texas) I will definately follow your progress. Would you mind a question? I see you have a large cut out for your master and I assume a window will go in there? Any ideas of where you will purchase the picture windows for the place?Good luck! I am jealous!!


    • tylerbright says:

      Thanks for following! And actually the largest cut out in our master bedroom is where we are going to extend the bedroom into our main living area to give us some more space for our bed. For the other windows though we are having them custom made from a local window store in Tulsa, Thermal Windows.


  3. Allen says:

    I was wondering what is the solution for the water drainage for the flat tops of the containers? Are you building a pitch roof over the containers or leaving them flat? Thanks for any input.


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