Clever builder incorporates radiant floor heating in design

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 11:54

Some may call Andrew McMullin an unconventional soul. After earning a degree in creative writing he set out to build himself a house out of metal storage containers - the type usually seen on freight trains.

Spending about $2,500 for each hauling container, McMullin purchased the building blocks of his home for a bargain and made sure to get the special units that feature 9-foot ceilings, which are referred to as "high cubes." The Denver Post reports that the containers make up 640 square feet of the total 1,650 square feet of the house.

Located in Nederland, Colorado, the home features high levels of insulation, and open floor plan, a polished concrete floor, walls made with Utah Clay and radiant floor heating. By running hot water underneath the floors, the house remains warm despite the cold, winter climate of the region and the openness of the design.
"I have strong feelings about houses," McMullin told the news source. "I don't like hallways. I don't like house designs that separate people. When you are in this house, you are with everybody. There is nowhere to hide."

McMullin wanted to build a home that is energy efficient, as well as incorporate the use of recycled materials. The cargo containers, concrete floors and radiant floor heating technology work together to provide McMullin a unique home that shows a modern take on traditional floor plans. According to The Denver Post, the reinforced steel and polished concrete give the house an industrial feel, while natural wood elements and fabrics soften the space.

The two-bedroom house is right at home in the Colorado town that features a number of unique structures.