Single Mom Lives In This Old Shipping Container With Her Daughter…
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.
Lulu's main home is a 8x20 shipping container. It has the standard amenities of hot water, stove, and kitchen cabinets.
"I think I’m a little claustrophobic so the storage container was a little daunting, but I got the container for free," says Lulu.
The windows, cabinets, doors, bathtub, toilet, and sinks are all recycled materials.
"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.
Her windows were strategically cut and located so her daughter and her could enjoy many sunsets and sunrises.
The mom admits there are many mother-daughter bonding sessions while looking up at the stars.
Lulu likes to call her style home Wabi-sabi, although her brother in Argentina has a different explanation.
"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.
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