A Studio in a Shipping Container

A Studio in a Shipping Container

Jason Loper
Jun 28, 2010

Canadian jewelry designer Judi Patson converted an old shipping container into a studio fully equipped with heat, electricity, and style. After dreaming of converting a shipping container into a living space, Judi decided to first try the conversion with a studio space. After the jump, she tells us how she did it.

Judi emailed me a detailed description of how this studio near her Vancouver home came to be:

"I had been dreaming about converting shipping containers into liveable spaces for a few years. What a coincidence my new BF had a business renting out shipping containers to construction sites for temporary storage. Around the same time my urban studio situation was changing and I thought it would be nicer to spend more time on the island. A container became available and we decided to try a low impact conversion and see if we liked it and it could be something we could see living in in the future.

"The first step was refinishing the floors. These are the original floors - hardwood laminate held down with brass marine screws. A bit a of light sanding and several coats of varathane later we were ready to frame, insulate and wire for running a lot a specialized equipment. We also had to plan for basic plumbing as running water is a must in a jewelry studio! Then we started installing the slatted pine walls. They definitely give it a lovely cabin feel. We sealed them as well to keep them looking nicer longer. Jewelry can be messy, dirty work! After the electrical, plumbing, walls and light duty ceiling were in place, we were ready to install the final feature a 7ft sliding glass door that sits just inside the big swinging metal doors. That done I was set to move in start working and enjoy the awesome beach views!

"We placed the container on an RV pad that is beside the beach house we are renting which is perfect as it has its own power and water."

Check out Judi's work: Even Design

(Images: Judi Patson)

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