One of our San Francisco clients had a dream of building a self- sustaining cabin on 1000 acres of pristine wilderness he owned just West of Mount Lassen. An avid hunter from his days growing up in Colorado, our client had spent years hunting on the property, and sleeping in an old Fleetwood trailer. A conservation easement in favor of the Nature Conservancy prohibited permanent development so we customized two shipping containers off site, and then transported the new ‘cabin’ via truck to the property. Together with the client, we chose an ideal landing spot next to an old creekbed, with sunset views of Black Butte cinder cone. The cabin is completely off the grid and can be locked up tight when not in use.
We had the Owner select 2 highboy shipping containers (a 40ft long living space container and a 24ft long support container), and we worked with a contractor in Berkeley CA who customized the containers by adding pvc solar, propane lighting and heating, a plate steel kitchen, aluminum windows, and reclaimed Douglas Fir wood elements. Water is from a nearby creek, and septic is treated organically and leached on site.
Manton CA, 1BR/ 1BA
architecture | Karen Mar, Pavitra Dholakia
contractor | U-Unlimited
photography | Bruce Damonte