ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- It's containers like you've never seen them before! Three of them laid side by side have been converted into place someone can now call home.
"There's a lot of positivity behind it."
Builder Cameron Jacobs first got the idea for container homes 5 years ago. A few trials later he came up with a duplex design-- split up into two 530 square foot apartments. Each one has 2 small bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a small kitchen. A finished one sits on Florida Avenue in West Jacksonville, and another right next to it will be finished soon.
"I got stuck with a whole lot of land and nobody wants land. Land was my lemons and this is my lemonade," Jacobs explained.
Jacobs' goal is to provide a durable home at an affordable price. He buys the 40 by 8 foot containers in Jacksonville and modifies it to his approval. There's lot of environmental benefits, including the ability to withstand 160 mile per hour winds.
"There's no termites. Very little risk of fire, rot, anything associated with a stick built home," he said.
Jacobs says the multi-family container is the first of its kind in the country. He hopes to iron out the kinks and keep going.
"Now I think we know how to do it. We learned a lot."
The average fair-market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in St. Johns County is $864. The containers rent for about $650.