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Container homes cause neighborhood controversy

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One woman in Wilmington has turned an old shipping container into an addition to her home. One woman in Wilmington has turned an old shipping container into an addition to her home.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – One woman in Wilmington has turned an old shipping container into an addition to her home. However, the neighbors aren't impressed.

Apparently, shipping containers are growing in popularity – popping up all over the country. The first one in Wilmington can be found off Winston Boulevard.

Bess Clancy brought in a contractor (L.S. Smith Inc.) to transform the unit into a studio space.

Once used for carrying tons of cargo, it now carries the weight of two neighbors with very different opinions.

"I love it, I think it's great," said Clancy. "It's exciting, and it's different."

It's different in her opinion, but disturbing for her next door neighbor, Wendy Weidenhammer.

"I think it looks like a clown house," said Weidenhammer. "I don't want to look at it everyday when I work in the backyard."

But according to the letter of the law, Clancy is not breaking any rules. The shipping container meets all residential building and zoning codes – as long as it's not used as a permanent living space.

The material comes from recycled international shipping containers made of steel. They were engineered to carry tons of cargo. Each unit can be built with environmental benefits including central air conditioning and heating, tank-less hot water heaters, and space for a laundry room. Each unit is made of steel, making it a safe place to spend during a hurricane or severe weather event. Clancy says this is a lifelong investment.

"I don't plan on getting rid of it, my daughter will inherit it."

But that could come at the expense of forming a wedge between her and her next door neighbor.

"We weren't friends to begin with and she's ignored my attempts to talk," said Weidenhammer. "Neighbors should be more considerate of what they're putting in their back yards."

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