Builder Ezra Lee transforms a recycled shipping container into his boys’ backyard clubhouse.

No disrespect to tree houses and plywood forts, but Ezra Lee and his wife Ashley wanted a more unique fortress for his three young boys. “We call it the clubhouse,” says Ezra of the tricked-out, recycled shipping container that draws his family and admiring eyes to the backyard corner of their Lehi home. Ezra purchased the used container, sight unseen, from My Mini Casa in Salt Lake City. “I didn’t get to choose or see it before it arrived,” says Ezra, who was thrilled with his stylish, luck-of-the-draw delivery. A bright blue painted finish, yellow Italia logo and port stickers from across the world give the timeworn container undeniable panache. The Lees placed the container on concrete footings, created cutouts for reclaimed windows and a door and built a steel pergola roof to give it a “finished look.” Furnished with a hammock, synthetic turf flooring and yard games throughout the summer and filled with stored patio tables and pool toys during the winter, the water-tight structure performs year-round with function and flair.

Photos by: Scot Zimmerman

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