Living Inside the Box
David Boyle and Michele Bertomen wanted to build their own house on a 20 by 40 foot lot they purchased in Brooklyn. Bertomen, an architect, drew up plans and the bid was over $300,000. Inspired by Bertomen’s students at New York Institute of Technology, the couple built their house from five shipping containers, which cost a few thousand dollars a piece.
Flora Lichtman is host of the podcast Every Little Thing. She’s a former Science Friday multimedia producer.