ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Drastically downsizing a small home is something more and more people are considering these days to escape the high costs of owning their own home. And now there’s a new craze sweeping the nation, shipping container homes.

In a world where bigger is better, interior designer Lea Pino started thinking minimal.

“I’ve always wanted to make a small space after living in New York in a small apartment and it kind of opened my eyes to how living small can actually live quite a big life,” Pino said. .

But it’s not your average 320 square foot tiny house, it’s a repurposed structure, “one container fit the terrain really well, it was long and narrow and I liked the idea of ​​being able to have it delivered on site with the roof and exterior walls are already there,” Pino said.

And although it’s a shipping container near the Old Town, it blends in with the historic district.

“I like the idea of ​​reusing something, it’s sort of an eco-friendly way to build and I always thought it was an interesting modern juxtaposition to all those kinds of square adobe houses that are so common here in the Southwest which I also love. thought they worked really well together,” Pino added.

For Pino, this movement is more than a question of sustainability, “I wanted to have a way to have a kind of flexible income and lifestyle, for me it is an expression of design but it is also my future “Pino said.

Currently, she uses it as a vacation rental property. She said the project cost her $65,000 and she says its affordability was a huge draw.