Appalled, but also inspired by the poor living conditions of families in Juarez, Mexico, Brian McCarthy has begun a housing project worth paying attention to. Despite it's rapidly growing population, and the employment of large percentages of it's residents by Fortune 1000 companies, McCarthy was shocked to see citizens living in homes made of wood palates, scrap building materials and cardboard... A year or so later, McCarthy saw an article about a shipping container converted into a guest home. As shipping containers are strong, affordable, and plentiful, they present themselves as an ideal option for conversion into housing, and PFNC was created with some help from his friends.
PFNC's container homes are 320 square feet on average, and they company aims to keep them around $8,000 each, to remain affordable for the average worker in manufacturing plants along the U.S. border.
While the impetus may be somewhat different, we see these homes as not all together different from the Tiny House movement. As New Yorkers, most of us have lived in quarters at least this size, if not smaller, and understand how to function in less than accommodating environments. What do you think about these homes? About the idea of the Tiny House in general? Could you live in a home this size?