Consider underground housing. Those containers can be buried too. A few feet underground, the temperature remains constant, reducing environment conditioning bills (Texas has some extreme whether). Also, safety from storms is improved (as long as your door isn't buried by something).
Also maximizes garden space, you can have a garden on your roof. ;)
Skylights can improve the space so it doesn't even appear to be underground from inside.
Initial expense would be more, but overall, maintenance would be reduced. I bet there is some "gold" in those old hot rods. :)
Just open the box and see
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