Updated: Jul 27
Vassé Rendezvous is run by my mother, Demetrica Williams. This wonderful woman dreamed of offering a place where people can come together to celebrate their unique experiences and enjoy the outdoors, whether for leisure, socializing, or business. She utilizes her beautiful 10 acre property in Fort Worth, Texas to rent out the space for intimate celebrations such as birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, family reunions, corporate picnics, etc. Demetrica needed a small unique space for those attending to relax indoors. She also needed an office space to be able to oversee these gatherings comfortably. I had an idea which become the solution and Guesscreative developed the design, strategy for coordination for a luxury shipping container lounge.
I proposed to use a New / One Trip 40' High Cube Shipping Container to give her ample space. Shipping Containers can be a really useful & efficient creation of space. Additionally, they are fabricated in a factory setting so things are modified with much more precision and they can be mounted onto a trailer chassis for mobility. That mobility gives the potential of using the space as a rentable asset.
The dimensions of a standard HC shipping container is 8-0" W x 40'-0"L x 9'-6"H. That is 320 SF.
We decided to create a 8' x 7' office on the end and maximize the space by using the rest of the space as the lounge area for those coming in from the hot sun or windy weather. We also situated the lounge area on the side of the shipping container double doors to give the flexibility of opening up the space from 3 different door locations. That design decision will give a lot of passive ventilation and natural lighting. We also decided to add the ability to access a rooftop deck with set of stairs welded onto the short end. The rooftop deck will add a layer of open air seating and an additional 320 SF to occupy which maximizes the amount of people that experience the lounge.
Guesscreative executed the vision by designing the floor plans and elevations that gave the fabricators a clear concept of what is required for the project.
Demetrica chose the colors she wanted, a deep chocolate exterior with beige interior, luxury vinyl tile flooring and ebony stained wood composite for the rooftop decking that also has cable wire railing. The windows and large 8' mirrored french doors have a bronze finish along with the beautiful sconces. This project turned out to be beautiful. With the finishes chosen, the custom large french doors and the rooftop deck, the build costs roughly $330 / SF.
Lounge Floor Plan w/ MEPs:
To get the project connected, I called up Bob's Containers, a top quality custom shipping container home builder located near Austin, Texas. They have a great team that communicates extremely well and creates quality builds. It was a great decision.
Custom Shipping Container Lounge Fabrication:
All openings were reinforced by 2x3 metal HSS framing.
Exterior Wall Assembly:
- Shipping Container Corrugated Metal
- R-13 Sprayfoam Insulation
- 2x4 Prime Whitewood Wood Studs
- 1/2" Drywall
There is also R-6.5 sprayfoam insulation in the floors & R-19 in the ceilings.
The electrical panel is 150 Amps and the space will be heated / cooled by a 12,000 BTU Ductless Mini Split System and two blowers.
See most up to date photos.
The final photos will be added as soon as we have the trailer chassis designed and completed. The build was originally designed for permanent placement but due to certain circumstances, we have decided to put the lounge on a custom trailer chassis for flexibility and asset potential.
If you'd like to learn more or if you'd like to have structure designed and fabricated for you, feel free to contact me.
Phone: 8179373793 (Shoot a Text First)