Michael Gooden

Rendering of the MC13 House by M Gooden Design

The craze for shipping container homes shows no signs of slowing down, as consumers seek out the eco-friendly, unusual abodes.

One Texas design firm is following up their acclaimed shipping container home in East Dallas with another industrial chic home near Waco, Texas.

M Gooden Design, a residential design studio based in Dallas, is in the design and documentation phase of the MC13 house near Waco. The home will be constructed from 13 locally sourced shipping containers, with around 3,500 square feet on two stories, says founder Michael Gooden.

“It will sit on the top of a hill in the middle of 300 acres, and the aesthetic is a blend of industrial feel with some Midcentury modern undertones in there,” he said. “The clients currently live in a 1950s Midcentury Modern house and we wanted as a design team to remember to that era.”

Gooden and associate Kevan Russell are creating an open concept house. This is possible when using shipping containers because of a secondary steel superstructure within the house that carries the weight and the distributed loads of the containers as they are stacked on top of each other.


Spring means home tour season In Dallas. And next Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 10 am – 4 pm, the owners of six gloriously historic and architecturally significant Park Cities homes will open their doors to we lovers of House Candy. The homes are:

4236 Armstrong Parkway, 4809 Drexel Drive, 4308 Stanhope, 4200 Shenandoah, 7715 Turtle Creek Blvd. and 3830 Windsor Lane. (I’m drooling already.) Now here’s the good news: I can get two lucky readers in for FREE!!! That’s right, I have two HPHPS home tour tickets in my hot hands for anyone who knows the answer to this trivia question — go ahead, give it a shot! 

Louis T. Carpenter, who lived at 4809 Drexel Drive, which is one of the historic homes on the 2011 Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s Home Tour, was involved in writing the bill which placed one of the major Texas Universities at its current location.  Which university was it?  Baylor in Waco, Texas in Austin, Texas Tech in Lubbock or SMU in Dallas?

Tell me the correct answer fast and first, I’ll deliver two tickets to your door!