Palm Beach County’s First Residential Building Permit Issued to Convert Industrial Shipping Container Into a Habitat
What We Do!
We are an architecture and design firm dedicated to creating unique sustainable living through up-cycling shipping containers into modern dwellings. This type of “cargotecture” is taking the world by storm, and we look forward to helping you achieve your dreams and sustainable design goals by getting your project completed using these amazing building blocks!
A Brief History of the Original Dwell Pad…
In 1997, Jupiter Outdoor Center Founder and CEO, Rick Clegg, purchased over 2 acres of riverfront property along the headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River in Jupiter, Florida. The Jupiter resident couldn’t resist the opportunity to be able to launch a kayak from this amazing property, across the river from Riverbend Park, also known as the “Gem of Palm Beach County Parks”, to explore the backwaters and even take full day trips down river eventually ending up in the Atlantic Ocean.
Since then the property has been a continual source of recreational enjoyment and important in the evolution of the Jupiter Outdoor Center. From building treehouses to camping in an authentic tipi and enjoying what he refers to as “the farm of dreams” as a jumping off point to explore NENA’s 60,000 acres by foot, bike and paddle.
At the core of where Rick wanted to build was the Jupiter Outdoors Center’s mission of restoring fitness, balance and harmony through the nurturing power of nature. “The where came easy” says Rick, “but what or how to build was a process-It had to be sustainable and minimize the impact on nature”.
Ricks first attempt at building using bamboo technology was rejected by Palm Beach County’s Building Department. Having just finished the long and expensive process of obtaining site plan approval from the Town of Jupiter for Guanabanas, Rick decided to consider simpler alternatives. Through a series of coincidences and meeting local architect Mitch O’Neill, Rick finally decided to convert used shipping containers into a dwelling, hence the name, Dwell Pad.
The now-one-of-a-kind dwelling in Palm Beach County, operating as Headwaters Jupiter, is constructed from two side by side modified 40’ industrial shipping containers with impact sliders on each end placed on a cement slab with a third container cantilevered on the top, accessed by an exterior staircase.
Only fully reclaimed material constitutes the exterior and rainwater collected from the roof reduces water consumption and nourishes surrounding xeriscaping and vegetable garden. The Dwell Pad is designed to be off the grid and powered by the sun, wind and propane generator.