It turns out that sitting in the woods alone with a generator and various tools while trying to cut the steel walls of an old shipping container is no easy task. Seth Britt, builder and owner of The Box Hop—a new Hocking Hills cabin made of these inter-modal containers—found this out the hard way.
While his wife Emily worked as a real estate agent and cared for their three kids, Seth spent weekends and holidays in Hocking Hills, building the unique dwelling. Emily was the architect and interior designer, creating the layout and designing the decor.
“I got the idea in college, working third shift loading shipping containers,” says Seth. “It’s a big, sturdy box and I realized you could make a pretty cool space if you put a few of them together.”
The Britts cleared land, drew up plans, and spent eight months transforming barren, cold steel containers into a family-friendly retreat. The sustainable structure is unique and a wonderfully stark juxtaposition to the woods that it rests within. The interior is light, airy, and delightful, nearly as spartan as a Scandinavian design, but with a significantly warmer in aesthetic.
The Box Hop rests among 18 acres of Hocking Hills solitude. The 900-square foot structure provides a full kitchen, three bedrooms, two full baths, and views at every turn. While the complex keeps you snug and comfortable, the open plan, ample decks, and significant windows allow the emotions of wooded contentment to pour in.
And while the design is clean and modern, The Box Hop does not skimp on the amenities. It comes with satellite TV, gas fireplace, an outdoor fire ring, nearby fishing, and a hot tub. The cabin sleeps eight, but you might be hard-pressed to get a reservation soon. The Britts say the response has been overwhelming.
The Box Hop is part of a wave of new, one-of-a-kind accommodations in Hocking Hills, including Mongolian yurts, a historic train caboose, a 1920s general store, a vintage salt and pepper shaker museum, a castle, a Scottish hamlet, and even authentic Native American tepees.
Aside from special lodging, Hocking Hills offers all kinds of caves, cliffs, trails, and waterfalls to explore in the surrounding parks during your stay. It's less than three hours away from Cincinnati.
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