La Roof

Well….. It’s been a while since I posted last… a.k.a. Way Too Long. So here is part 1 of 3 of our recent progress.

Our roof arrived, in many pieces of course, and as you can tell from the trees in the picture, it wasn’t yesterday.  Our roof consists of a few different pieces, including: perlins, sheet metal roof, trim, guttering, sofits, huge beams, and one downspout which will take our water to our rain barrels. We chose to go with metal, not just to go along with our theme of a seemingly all metal house, but because of its benefits. Some of these benefits would include:  heat reflection off our white sheet metal roof, low to no maintenance, will last a lifetime, and it will allow us to maximize our water collection, with little debris, for storing and using in our gardens.


The installation took a few days due to the windy and rainy weather. The steps for installation were to weld the three beams to the top containers. These beams cantilever over the deck, giving us protection from rain and the elements while we enjoy our outdoor living space.




Here is a picture showing the perlins installed. After this step the insulation was put in place,  sheet metal roof was screwed on, and the trim was installed along with the guttering on the back side, and the downspout for rain collection.




The next step was to paint the beams to match the trim. After painting the beams the sofit was then installed, which is a charcoal grey color, which we thought would be a nice contrast from the lighter grey trim and beams.


Six LED can lights were then added to the sofit to give us light on the deck. Here is a picture of the final product. Our next steps are to stud out the top story, spray foam insulation, and install wafer board and house wrap to prepare for the upstairs windows. (These steps have already happened, I will make another post soon with those pictures)


With the left over grey paint we had we went ahead and painted our carport “storage” container.


The next posts will include: Stud installation, spray foam, wafer board, and maybe a sneak peek at some of our siding!

To the Windows to the Walls

I know it has been a long time since I posted anything about the house, so I will do a quick run through of our recent progress.

The windows were installed on the bottom story:


Here is a picture looking out from our dining room:


House wrap was installed over the wafer board to prepare for the siding and stone:


After the house wrap, lathe and mud were then applied where the stone will be placed. Here is a picture showing the different layers:


Here is Tyler mixing and applying the mud:




Oh, I almost forgot…. Our fireplace came in and was framed out, creating storage to the right of the fireplace and our bench to the left.


The stone installation has also been moving right along, here is a picture of the most recent progress:


Now picture this awesome stone with this siding:


So there is a quick run down of the Bright Container House progress as of today. The next step is the roof installation, which it will arrive tomorrow morning, and the installation will start on Monday!

Vintage Finds

As most of you know, Tyler and I are a little obsessed with all things vintage. So naturally our house will be filled with our vintage finds. Our lastest find was a Broyhill Brasilia dining set, a popular mid-century modern design. We  purchased 10 chairs total, 4 armchairs and 6 side chairs, as well as a large table with 3 leaves, that extends to seat 10, and a china hutch to match. Needless to say, we were in L.O.V.E.

Here is a picture of what the table and chairs look like, (These are not ours, because sadly ours went into hiding.. aka storage)


Here is a picture of our china hutch (sorry not the best picture)


The Table and the china hutch need some refinishing: for example the white you see on the china cabinet will have to be stripped off and restained, same goes for our dining table.

But… can you imagine my new/old Franciscan Silver Pine China set I found, displayed in this case during winter, I can, and I Cant Wait.

Here is a small place setting of my 40 piece set that I found at an estate sale for an amazing price.


Now I have been contemplating what light fixture would look best above this spectacular piece of furniture, and I have decided on..

Maybe a George Nelson, or George Nelson inspired Saucer Light:


So there is a run down of our current dining room design ideas. Check back soon (well I say that) for an house update. The Stone is currently being layed, and our fireplace is taking shape!

No Longer Topless.. Thank Goodness

Lots of things are happening at the Bright Container House! Take a look at some of the work:

After the last three containers arrived, Tyler and Matt began cutting the openings in between the containers and grinding them smooth. The exterior openings wont be cut until right before the spray foam and wafer board is up, so it stays dry… (Lesson Well Learned)

The opening for the stairway was cut out of the floor of the container and braced with 6 inch angle iron. (Here is Matt conquering that task)


The insulation was sprayed on the bottom half of the containers, using an open cell foam. The open cell foam has better sound deadening properties then other types of insulation, and has an equivelant R-Value of 40. (pretty dang good in layman’s terms.)



Wafer board is up:


Holes were made through the concrete, using this core driller, to allow plumbing vents and air conditioning lines to pass through.



Plumbing was roughed in for the upstairs bathroom and vents for downstairs were tied into one. (Here is a picture of some of the plumbing, I’ll add more once I figure out where those pictures went)


Square tubing was bolted to the bottom floor by drilling through the concrete and steel beams. The containers then set on top of the tubing and will be welded into place.


The Crane truck arrived early last Thursday morning to set our last containers


The Crane truck getting in position…


The first container on its way up with direction from Tyler and other helpers on the ground.


Manuevering it into postion.


Matt using his manly sledgehammer force to bump it into place..


Now multiply these steps by 3…


Thanks to lots of family and friends for making all this possible. (My mom and Sheilah were also there just not pictured)

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If you are interested in knowing any more of the nitty gritty details, feel free to email Tyler at


Our bottom story windows are currently being installed, so check back to see those exciting photos! Also, I will try to start updating weekly now since a lot is happening quickly. (but who really knows with me)

Look at Those Studs

Look at those studs, and no, I am not talking about Tyler and Matt, (sorry Tyler).

Check ’em out (but excuse the mess… it’s a construction site)




The master bedroom extension:


The back wall with the fireplace and windows (can you picture the rendering yet?)


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Our electrical panel was installed, and electric was ran to the exterior walls to prepare the house for insulation and wafer board.


Here is Kent and Tyler’s homemade electrical wire reel… A “Bright” idea.



(I just had to have outlets on both sides of the front door for Christmas decorations … I know, I’m difficult)


To protect the house from moisture under the containers before it is completley dried in, Tyler sealed the bottoms with spray foam. (Like 22 cans of it)



And some other exciting news: We got our final three containers, some of our windows arrived, and the insulation was sprayed yesterday!

Design Decisions..

Since our house is starting to come together, Tyler and I started thinking about some of the interior design elements that we wanted to add to the house. Well, first we needed to design our fireplace/back wall, since we will be framing it up next week. We wanted our fireplace to be fun and not ordinary, but also something that had the mid-century modern feel that we love so much. When thinking of  a design, we remembered a fireplace that we loved at some family friend’s ranch home. It was a corner fireplace with no glass surround, and made with the ledge stone that is on many of the homes built in the 50s. So we took that idea, and modified the design to work within our space. Our fireplace has become sort of a corner fireplace, but with the actual fire pit more towards the middle of the wall and a four foot bench for outdoor viewing, or for our lazy cats to watch the birds… Okay that may sound confusing, so how bout I just show you a picture of the design we came up with:

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And since a living room isn’t quite a living room anymore without a TV, we had to figure out how to have a TV without placing it over our fireplace, and without it being the focal point of the room. So we decided to have a projector screen, one we can raise up when not in use. It will come down over the window above the fireplace bench. The window is a north facing window, so we are counting on sunlight not being a problem with the screen, but if it is we can just put some window tint on the windows to limit its exposure.

Some other interior elements we are currently working on, is our kitchen and master bathroom. I think we have decided on the cabinets for our kitchen, but we are playing with a few setups for our kitchen layout. One of the options is just to have sort of a galley like kitchen, and the other is to make it a L shape kitchen with a smaller bar. We can’t quite decide. Some other things we need to pick out is our bathroom tile/vanity/sinks and so on. Lots of decisions need to be made, and these decisions make me nervous… because they are so permanent.

Some other house updates:

We hired family friend Matt Buller to assist in the house building, who is a long time carpenter. He is amazing and is going to be a tremendous help in getting us into our home quicker.

More Concrete.. and a Surprise Visitor

I KNOW, I KNOW… I’m slow at updating this blog, but Its only  been about 3 weeks since this progress occurred:

There was more concrete poured at the Bright container house building site, this time on top, and across our first containers. This new slab will become our deck, and will be the foundation for our next three containers to sit and be bolted onto. In order for the beams and the first two containers to hold the weight of the wet concrete, shores were put in place, lots of them. These shores will stay in place for a total of 28 days while the concrete cures. Here are some pictures of the process:

They first had to lay wire mesh and form up for the stairs and the edge of the deck.




Then they put the shores in place:


The concrete pump truck, and the concrete truck arrived and started working..








And after all that work..




During all this work Fox23 stopped by to interview Tyler and film some progress of our house. They said the story should air sometime in July, Ill be sure and post it when it airs.


We are now currently working on putting up the stud walls on the house exterior, and I promise Ill try and post it as soon as we finish… but we will see…

Our Entrance

Here is a visual tour of our Front Gate process and completion (well.. completion for the moment). Enjoy 🙂

Tyler and Kent first cut, welded and created our gate:


I then painted it:


We “groomed” our wild grass:


and made flower beds for each side of the gate:


The left side:


and the right side:


We then dug a trench and ran water and sprinklers to each flower bed:




Then we layed sod:



and then ran sprinkles to water the sod


and now to my favorite part.. our mailbox, up and open for business!


and after a hard days work …


Coming up next: More concrete and Fox 23 news coverage!

I know right… Finally.

I can’t believe it’s been almost two months since our last house update!

That doesn’t mean work hasn’t been done, just that the progress had slowed down while waiting for our beams and decking to arrive. Since our last update we have made strides in our cabinet project, our entrance and on our house. UPDATE: Our kitchen cabinet project has now become our mudroom/laundry room cabinet project. We decided due to the smaller size of the vintage cabinetry, to go with new taller cabinets in the kitchen to fit in with the scale of our tall ceilings. The vintage metal cabinets will still be a mint/pistachio green color, and I am still so excited to have them finished and installed. (I think I’ll have to live in our mudroom to make all the time and hard work we spent on them worth it.)

 Here’s a sneak peak of the cabinet project: (post coming soon)



and another sneak peak of our entrance: (post coming soon)



 Here’s a run down of the recent house progress:

After the containers were set, which we showed on our last post here: Container Movement, they were anchor bolted to the slab. The bolts were epoxied in place and angle clips were welded to the containers. Support columns were cut, welded and then bolted into place.

as seen here:(These columns will be housed in the drywall.)

These columns were put in place to help carry the load of the flange beams that were placed perpendicular across the top of the bottom two containers. The beams are 16×28 wide and were used to support the second floor slab and the top three containers. After the beams were placed on top of the containers, lots of welding took place, and thanks to Kent, Tyler, Grandpa Charley and family friend, Larry Yates, we were never short of help with the welding. Here are some pictures of the beams and the process:





working late into the night:




and never forget to sign your work…


After the beams were placed, the next step was to install the metal decking, which will act as our first floor ceiling, as well as support for the upstairs concrete. And since our major contributor (Kent) was out due to shoulder surgery, we hired out help for the decking. The night before the decking guys were to arrive, Kent and Tyler realized they needed to engineer some kind of support for the staircase. We hadn’t even decided what type of stairs we wanted to do. They came up with a plan and got to work Saturday morning around 5:30 am cutting and welding support beams before the decking guys arrived (Kent’s physical therapy for the day, although I don’t know if the Dr. would have approved).

It was a long day, but the decking is up, and almost complete, just some welding needs to be done, and the stair case opening needs to be cut. Our house, finally is looking like a house.

Here are some pictures of the decking/ceiling installation and completion:



Showing the ceiling height in our dining/kitchen/living room areas:


More updates on their way!