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Man turns shipping container into houseboat

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A Maine yacht builder used a shipping container to build a sweet summer home. (Source: WABI/CNN) A Maine yacht builder used a shipping container to build a sweet summer home. (Source: WABI/CNN)

BELFAST, ME (WABI/CNN) – Steve White is a yacht builder by trade, but he wanted to build a stationary summer home.

"I had seen a container house design that was similar to this one, and then I started thinking about wouldn't it be great to have a house boat or something right on the water, and so the two ideas sort of came that way,” White said.

He enlisted Chad Wilton of Brewer, ME-based Snap Space, which builds custom homes out of uncommon materials.

"A lot of the obstacles we try to overcome is to take that small feel out of it when we build it, by putting windows in [and] having enough ceiling height, so it doesn't feel tight and small," Wilton said.

The home came together in about six months in a field in Brooklyn. It was then transported by water to Belfast Harbor.

"The industrial setting of a big shipyard like this, it seemed like the containers would sort of fit in to this industrial setting,” White said.

For a house made of containers, the home is pretty spacious. It has two bedrooms, a big, open kitchen and a multi-million dollar view.

White's significant other, Lisa Heidel, helped design the interior. She wanted something modern, yet “homey.”

"Well, weight was an issue,” Heidel said. “We wanted the stone fireplace and that added weight and the granite added weight so we had to measure things and weigh things."

Complete with a roof deck and patio, one quickly forgets this house is essentially recycled.

"This is just really nice to live in, easy to take care of, and just fun to be here, relaxing to be on the water,” White said.

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