It’s a daunting task trying to find a home to live in, particularly with the high cost of rent or owning. People around the country are finding ways to re-invent the definition of a house. From building tiny houses to turning school buses into living spaces, necessity is the mother of invention.
Lulu is a single mom who needed to find a place to live for her and her daughter. She had gone back to school and didn’t want to also have to worry about working full-time just to pay rent. She was not discouraged at the fact that she had no building experience and her funds were limited.
The Argentinian purchased a shipping container and a flatbed trailer and got down to work. The mom spent a month cutting, framing, insulating, and powering the spaces. She calls her home Wabi-sabi, a Japanese term that refers to embracing imperfection and appreciating that all is temporary.
"I think I’m a little claustrophobic so the storage container was a little daunting, but I got the container for free," says Lulu.
"When you don’t have money you just get creative you know and I had to go to the junkyard many times and be like, 'okay, what am I going to do,'" explains Lulu.
The mom admits there are many mother-daughter bonding sessions while looking up at the stars.
"I showed this to my brother in Argentina and he said, 'you’ve always like poverty with a lot of style. Always like elegant poor,'" she recalls.
"None of this is ours and we try to secure ourselves in these identities like my house, my wife, my car, my children, my career. You know the bigger the more, I’m sure that I am myself and it’s like oh no, this house is really a prison and I’m tied to the bank," says Lulu of her choice to live in a shipping container.