Installation of the first shipping container homes in Little Rock and what consultants say are the first platinum-level LEED-rated homes in the nation began today as the first of the pre-cut containers were lowered by crane onto foundations at the corner of 21st Street and Commerce Street.
We wrote about the coming of the container homes in our story on the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp.'s unconventional revitalization of the Pettaway neighborhood last month.
The steel homes, at 417 and 421 E. 22nd St., will be "safe from storms, safe from insects, safe from termites" and energy efficient, Brian Corbitt told a crowd gathered this morning at the site, and will be finished out with recycled and sustainable items, such as bamboo flooring and low-VOC paint.
Valarie Abrams, who has bought the container home at 421 E. 22nd, which will be a mirror image of the steel home next to it, signed the papers to buy the home a year ago. She said when CDC director Scott Grummer showed her the plans for the home, which will be composed of four of the steel containers, she was interested; "when he told me my light bill may not be over 40 bucks a month, that was the clincher."
The homes, which had windows pre-cut at a site in North Little Rock, will take a couple of months to finish out.