Michele Bertomen and David Boyle bought an empty 20-by-40-foot lot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They planned to build something traditional, but when the bid for the masonry envelope (the building without plumbing, electricity) came back at over $300,000, they re-evaluated. Inspired by Bertomen's students at New York Institute of Technology
, the couple decided to try building their home from shipping containers--which cost them about $50,000 for the building envelope. Bertomen, an architect, and Boyle, the general contractor, designed and oversaw construction of their home. We stopped by for a tour.