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Would you live in a shipping container? Until firms like Lot-ek, retailers like Freitag and architect Adam Kalkin started turning them into chic examples of creative re-use some years back, most wouldn't consider the question seriously. Kalkin's efforts stand out for drawing on the strengths of sturdy construction while also representing a new level of luxury that comes with an affordable price tag, in some cases even under $100,000. With the ongoing housing crunch and talented architects marketing home solutions, shipping container-as-prefab construction may be making a comeback.

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To get a taste of Kalkin's repertoire, check out Amazon or Stout Books, the book "Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture" gives an overview of 32 od his projects.

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