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Turning shipping containers into homes

Between its Austin and Houston yards, the Bob’s Containers crew is usually working on a couple dozen projects.

Brandi Smith

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The Austin yard of Bob's Containers echoes with the typical sounds of home construction: drilling, hammering, sawing and more.

"Except our medium is a metal box," says co-owner Robert Balderas.

Shipping containers, specifically. Some are 20-feet long, others are 40 and on a given day, the crew at Bob’s is working on up to two dozen different projects between its yards in Austin and Houston.