Transforming Dumpster Home for Camouflaged Urban Living


Is there a worse place you can imagine living? One artist (or perhaps aspiring architect) has taken the dirtiest, most generic and cramped container you can think of and turned it into a multifaceted, fully-functional home.

Inside: a working kitchen and toilet, storage and sleeping areas. Outside: modular components can be added to create a shaded rooftop deck (complete with dancing pole), somewhat breezy outdoor shower, an impromptu flower bed, grill, bar and more.

Onsite gas and water storage makes it work all-but-off-the-grid (with the notable exception of electricity – for now). Gregory Kloehn has kept decor to a minimum, but added plywood and carpet to surfaces as needed.

Best of all: you can hide this sucker in plain sight and no one would be the wiser – what’s one more rusted green dumpster sitting alongside the street or tucked away in an urban ally, anyway?

While it might not win any architectural beauty pageants, it sure beats living (directly) on the streets. And yes, thanks to positive feedback, Kloehn will also build you your very own for under $5,000.

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