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Condos Made of Shipping Containers: The ‘Love Child’ of IKEA and LEGOs

By Jay MacDonald   August 8, 2014

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Leslie Horn realizes it sounds nuts. The CEO of San Diego-based developer Three Squared plans to transform 93 of those hulking overseas shipping containers into the first container-built condo complex in the U.S. Construction on the four-story, 20-unit Rosa Parks project (artist’s rendering at top) is set to start this fall near Wayne State University in downtown Detroit.

Horn said “cargotecture” cuts housing construction costs in half; trumps traditional construction for strength, durability and versatility; and offers recycling for millions of steel cargo containers that arrive at U.S. ports each year. The SpareFoot Blog talked with Horn about the advantages and challenges of living spaces made from shipping containers. → Keep Reading

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Bands Sing the Praises of Practicing in Storage Units

By Jay MacDonald   March 7, 2014

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Keef West was driving north on Interstate 5 approaching Everett, WA, early Christmas Eve morning in 2011 when he spotted smoke and brake lights ahead. As traffic crawled forward, West could see flames leaping from The Storehouse, a storage facility just off the interstate where the drummer once rehearsed for his gigs with the Seattle punk band Aiden and other groups.

“I literally had moved my drum set out about a week before that and knew everybody in there,” West recalled. “I started calling everybody and they thought I was kidding. I said, ‘No, you need to call Phil (the manager) right now because your stuff’s on fire!” It was heartbreaking.”

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Lars Fisk of ‘Phish’ Explores Self-Storage

By John Donegan   December 16, 2013

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Given the ubiquity of self-storage, it’s no wonder that Lars Fisk, the former creative director for Phish, chose it as the subject of his latest art project.

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The NeverEnding Storage: How Self-Storage Would Change These 4 Movies

By Jenny Zhang   September 26, 2013

There’s plenty of self-storage in movies and television (see “Breaking Bad,” “Arrested Development” and the slew of horror movies made in recent years set at storage facilities). There are also a lot of movies about moving that don’t mention self-storage once. What gives, filmmakers of the world?

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10 Awkward Stock Photos of People Moving

By Jenny Zhang   August 7, 2013

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If you’ve ever moved in your life, then you know that all of the stock photography out there featuring young, happy people lifting boxes and flashing exaggerated smiles is just photographic propaganda. No one can look that enthusiastic while lifting a sinking mattress. No one drinks wine in a fort of cardboard boxes while cradling the head of a generically attractive significant other. Oh, and packing peanut snow angels? They’re a lie.

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Storage Rocks: Stolen Format and Alternative Storage

By Jenny Zhang   February 12, 2013

Something other than couches, coffee tables, and memory-filled boxes inhabits the depths of Affordable Storage Solutions’ storage units in Pueblo, CO. Meet Nate Alcon, Zach Young and Nate Ward, otherwise known as Stolen Format. The band, an alternative rock group similar to Chevelle and Trapt, has been practicing in a storage unit at Affordable Storage Solutions since it came together two years ago. SpareFoot loves alternative uses for storage space, whether it be for art or storing vinyl records, so when we heard of Stolen Format, we had to get the inside scoop.

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Think Outside The Box: Shipping Container Homes

By Guest Contributor   January 22, 2013

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SpareFoot is a big proponent of finding new uses for otherwise traditional self-storage spaces. From turning your garage into a living space to keeping Star Wars memorabilia in check, there are all kinds of ways to get creative with how you store your stuff. The next unusual installment in that series? Shipping container homes.

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Even More Self-Storage References In TV And Movies

By John Donegan   November 6, 2012

After our readers noticed glaring omissions from our initial Top Self-Storage Moments in Film and TV round-up, we decided to create another list highlighting even more great cinematic self-storage scenes.

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Top Self-Storage Moments In Film And Television

By John Donegan   October 29, 2012

1.  Breaking Bad, Season 5, Episode 8, “Gliding Over All” (2012)
Although many viewers were disappointed to see AMC split Season 5 into two halves, few can refute the fact that the first half finale was a juggernaut. With so much illicit money coming into her car wash, Sklyer can’t launder all of Walt’s cash without arousing suspicion, so she does what any quick-thinking criminal would; she rents a self-storage unit.

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Costume Storage For Halloween And Beyond

By Zachary Chetchavat   October 11, 2012

Halloween is around the corner, and costumes have become a topic of conversation around the office. Personally, I’m not a big costume guy, but I know many people who have a cache of costumes prepared for conventions, themed parties and LARPing (live action role playing). In the initial stages of costume acquisition, storage is simple. You hang the Spider-Man costume in the closet and tuck your foam swords neatly in the corner of your room.

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