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A shipping container house inspired by midcentury style

The bright orange house features jaw-dropping views of the Colorado mountains

Stairs lead up to a bright orange shipping container house.
This bright orange shipping container features views of 14,000-foot peaks in Salida, Colorado.
Photos courtesy of Tommy Lorden

Shipping containers have been used in a plethora of creative ways, from urban farms to off-the-grid getaways to all-in-one pools. Each one is made from a surplus container and upcycled into a brand new structure, and they are often praised as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional building materials.

We love ogling how containers are transformed into livable spaces, and the latest to cross our desk is this two-bedroom, two-bath home in Salida, Colorado. Designed and built by Boulder real estate agent Tommy Lorden as a vacation rental, the bright orange house uses two shipping containers side by side and features clean lines and comfortable decor.

A bright orange shipping container house has a deck and overhanging roofs.
Overhanging roofs provide shade on the home’s large decks.

Most shipping container homes skew industrial in the decor—with a bit of farmhouse thrown in—but this one looks to the 1950s and 1960s for inspiration. Lorden owns a midcentury modern home, and he knew he wanted to use an overhanging roof and incorporate a huge deck for indoor-outdoor living.

A clear glass railing maximizes stunning views of the Collegiate Peaks, and Lorden opted for an entry staircase on the side of the container so as not to interrupt the sight lines. Inside, the house features midcentury-inspired plywood walls with white cabinets and counters. An aqua blue Big Chill retro fridge works well with the orange color scheme, and the bedrooms offer sliding glass doors to the expansive deck. Love what you see? Find out more, over here.

A bright orange shipping container house sits next to a three-car garage in a gray and blue color.
The shipping container house sits next to an oversized garage.
A living room has large glass windows that overlook a deck, a stove, and bookshelves.
The interior of the shipping container has one wall of windows, a couch, and a stove fireplace.
A living room has a small dining table set in the corner, large windows, and a couch.
Another view of the living room showcases a compact dining room.
A kitchen has white cabinets, counters, and four counter-height stools.
An open-concept kitchen has white cabinets, counters, and a vintage-styled aqua fridge.
A bedroom features a large white bed, rug, wooden walls, and a sliding glass door to a deck.
One of two bedrooms features plywood walls and access to the deck.