The idea of building with used shipping containers – that would otherwise be littering our country – captured Willem’s imagination many years ago. Helping Kristin’s son with a science fair project on the insulative capabilities of a Yeti sparked the idea to use some of the same principles to reduce heat transfer with steel shipping containers, essentially making a building-sized cooler to manage cellar temperatures in the Texas heat. Kristin was “not immediately on board” (a Texas-sized understatement) with the idea, but once he showed her his design, she decided to give it a shot.
They originally set out to create a “postapocolyptic old west” decor using recycled materials. This was fun but also challenging given an increasing state of “over budget” resulting from the unexpected nuances of building with shipping containers. As a result, the family has lovingly “handcrafted” many of the interior furnishings. If you are looking around and think, “hey, that table base looks like an $8 Ikea bowl, or “that backsplash looks like a rusty ceiling tile,” you can safely assume you are correct! Although the original design goal morphed into something that can’t quite be labeled, the hope is that you will find this “little winery that could” to be as welcoming as your best friend’s house!