Shipping containers integrated into dream retreat in the forest

A dream retreat designed with shipping containers features an eye-catching balance between industrial, rustic and glamorous, located in Union Pier, Michigan. The project was undertaken by , showcasing raw, weathered and finished woods with  sleek whites, mixed metals and soft textured elements. The design of this residence is a combination of shipping containers and traditional stick-building methods, which resulted in a luxury hybrid home both inside and out. The design team took on the challenge of incorporating shipping containers to overcome preconceived notions about their use. The result is a unique design that is both luxurious and sustainable.

Throughout the interiors, you will notice peeks of container, a nod to its signature architectural detail. The homeowners found it important to capture the outdoors in their design. The design team met this challenged by harvesting trees from around the property to incorporate throughout the interiors. During the day, this dream retreat is illuminated with natural light through extensive windows that have been thoughtfully positioned. LED accents and fascinating hand-crafted light fixtures sprinkled throughout act as art pieces, setting the retreat aglow during the evening hours. Being able to flow harmoniously through the open living and kitchen area allows for easy entertaining.

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What We Love: A beautiful mix of steel shipping containers and more traditional building design creates a cozy family dream retreat. The open plan living room and kitchen is warm and inviting, offering a great space to spend family time and enjoy gatherings with guests. There are a lot of unique details in this home that were well executed. Another fantastic shipping container home to be inspired by… readers, what are your thoughts, do you like the integration of shipping containers in a home?

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The kitchen features furniture from the designer’s own collection called “The Merge Collection”. This grouping gives shape to the idea of what it means to combine or coalesce, blend and unite. The collection came to fruition in painted and stained wood. This collection reveals the beauty and delight in unexpected pairings. The design serves as a window into the past and a bridge to the future, combining a thoughtful composition of modern and traditional influences. Form and function combine, blending gradually so as to blur their individual identity.

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From the entryway, the powder room is on the left. Beyond this, an eye-catching master bedroom suite, featuring soft textures and natural elements. The guest bedrooms continue with the soft, textural theme, while each of their en-suite bathrooms feature custom designed faucets and intriguing architectural details.

This guest bedroom reflects the homeowners desire to bring the outdoors in. An accent wall behind the bed is clad with trees harvested from the property.

Take a look at another home designed by Fredman Design Group: Modernist seaside home with spectacular views over La Jolla.

Photos: Fredman Design Group