Hill’s 1962 orange Mercury Monterey complements the blue of the container, whose original opening was retained on one end as the entrance to the garden storage shed.
"They use it as a summer house, an art house, and for entertaining; they set up and have dinner on the deck there, adjunct to Stacey’s main house," says Poteet.
"Stacey’s property abuts an artists’ colony, so she didn’t want the container to wall off her friends, so we used a bamboo hedge behind it as a way of protecting it from sun yet remaining welcoming to her neighbors."
Jon Ahrens of Madrone Landscaping, who layed out the plantings around the container, implemented a green roof on a drip watering system. The cantilevered overhang at rear is planted with cacti.
"In the beginning I really wanted the container to be off the grid but solar is still very expensive in San Antonio, especially for small spaces," says Hill. "The green roof was an element that I had not thought of at the beginning, but as it turns out saves me more money on air-conditioning than the solar would have, and is a lot prettier."
Poteet describes the space as "unbearably hot" before he used spray-foam insulation between the exterior walls and the interior bamboo. "Now it’s the equivalent of a steel ice chest," he says.