About Home Contained
Spaces to live, work and stay.
The concept of Home Contained was born when Debbie Glassberg attended the Canton Fair five years ago in Guangzhou, China. Debbie’s father, who owns a factory in China, noted that containers being manufactured down the road from his facility looked like pieces and parts that could be used to build durable homes. At the Fair, Debbie became excited about the idea of using containers for homes. In addition, Debbie was intrigued with the breadth of beautiful residential products that were being designed and produced in China, though not available in the U.S, including a number of green, indicating the country’s growing interest in sustainable design. She explored both interests in the design of her own residence in Kansas City, using five containers and many striking interior products in interesting ways. This experience led her to expand the idea of Home Contained to a myriad of applications.
While “container homes” are not necessarily a new idea, Home Contained products are unique in how they combine spaces that nurture the inhabitants. Easy to maintain, and delightful to be in, these spaces are generous and inspiring. Home Contained is about creating three kinds of spaces:
Container Space – offering unique livable spaces in and of themselves;
Contained Space – the space created between more than one container, allowing flexibility in an overall plan; and
Uncontained Space – which is the space beyond the structure, integrally connected to an overall nurturing environment
Home Contained provides endless possibilities for spaces to live, work and stay.
Schools, hotels, businesses and residences — both permanent and temporary — can be customized from Home Contained solutions.
The Home Contained Team
Debbie Glassberg is a toy designer and raw food enthusiast with an impressive list of credentials and a mind for all things creative. When first setting out to design and build her own home, after relocating to Kansas City from California in 2006, she engaged the architecture firm of BNIM. With their impressive collection of knowledge around sustainable building techniques and a willingness to tackle anything, BNIM became an important part of the Home Contained team. Along with Debbie, Steve McDowell, Laura Lesniewski, and Josh Hemberger are hard at work on perfecting the configurations that make Home Contained a site-ready solution for projects of all kinds … bringing simple, bold and beautiful solutions to a site near you.