What A Crate Idea

Who says you have to be homeless to live in a shipping container?

Nestled among the over-the-top Amagansett mansions of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul McCartney is a brand-new “beach box” home made out of steel boxes that once cruised the world on freighters.

Developer Andrew Anderson said he will sell the home for what he calls an “affordable” price of under $1.5 million.

That’s in an area where about 32 homes about the same size have gone this year for an average of $4.8 million.

But its new neighbors are not expected to have any NIMBY problems. In fact, they’ll hardly believe the building’s humble past.

It’s all steel and glass with only one nod to its previous life — one wall and one ceiling made of exposed steel.

Besides the relatively modest — by East End standards — price, the home’s major selling point is its eco-friendliness.

Everything used in its construction, not just the containers, has been recycled. And the large glass panes will make it easier to heat on cool, sunny fall days.

“Our goal is to be eco-friendly and to maintain a small carbon footprint,” Anderson said.

He said the land cost $300,000.

Unlike Rome, the house was built in just about a day.

On Sunday last week, six 18-wheeler trucks drove up carrying six recycled shipping containers from a Florida factory.

The next day, the house went up — complete with windows and electricity.

“People left their home in East Hampton to go to work in Montauk and came home to see that a house had been built,” said broker Christopher Stewart.

The two-story, modern-style home is about 2,000 square feet and sits on .17 acres — and can accommodate a small swimming pool or large lap pool.

The four-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home will have a gas fireplace and will be fully winterized, Anderson said.

Anderson said it’s the first beach house built from recycled shipping containers in the Hamptons, and one of the first in the northeast.

“The homes are more popular on the West Coast,” he said

He plans to build six similar houses in the Hamptons, and more if all goes well.

“It is a very cool, modern-looking structure,” Stewart said. “And it is still close enough to the beach that you can walk there from your back yard.”