Modern Retreat Home Features Wood and Steel Facade

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Designed by Fredman Design Group, this modern retreat has a facade of wood and steel shipping containers. Located in Union Pier, Michigan, the retreat is the designers own personal home that she shares with her partner.

Designers gave the house a wood-and-steel façade that blends traditional and industrial elements. This home’s noteworthy steel shipping container construction material, offers a streamlined aesthetic and industrial vibe, with sustainable attributes and strength. Recycled shipping containers are fireproof, impervious to water and stronger than traditional building materials. Inside, muscular concrete walls, burnished cedar beams and custom oak cabinetry give the living spaces definition, decorative might, and storage and seating options.

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In the foyer, wood-and-steel joints connect the shipping containers and extend the walls that were built to yield high ceilings. Designers turned a massive oak tree felled during construction into a sturdy bench to anchor the space. Burnished oak cabinetry and wide plank oak floors offer earthy counterpoints to the kitchen’s corrugated-steel container wall.

Architecture and interior design: Fredman Design Group
Location: Union Pier, Michigan, USA
Photographs: Eric Hausman

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