Alan Stulberg, a vintage motorcycle builder and mechanic, has been thinking about this project for nearly six years.Â Deciding to take the plunge, he drew a rough sketch one day and five months later, hereâ€™s the Studio Pod.Â Stulberg built the container studio in his backyard in Austin, Texas, and it’s now being used as a creative artist space.
The 600-pound glass door, which took about a month to build and mount, rolls on a custom ball-bear rolling system that Stulberg put together.Â The nine-foot square extends the interior and provides a good amount of natural light during the day.
Stulberg used plasma cutters for the openings and finished the space with soy-based foam insulation, sanded plywood, Homasote recycled paper, and a ductless mini-split air conditioner and heater.Â Like the door, Stulberg built the box lights himself which take low-output halogens.
Not counting pizza and coffee for helpful friends, Stulberg tells us he spent about $16,000 building the Studio Pod, though he could do it for a lot less next time.Â Thatâ€™s because he bought some tools and made a few miscalculations fabricating window prototypes and other things.
Recognizing that others may have the same itch that Stulberg had when he determined to build the Studio Pod, the owner said, â€œYou can slice and dice a container in amazing ways and simply reinforce the structure with steel when holes are cut into its structure.â€Â So thereâ€™s no need to limit your creative juices when working with shipping containers.
Photo credits: One Good Eye.