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Build a home... with a shipping container

Postby WakingUp » Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:48 pm

This looks feasible in warm climates with lots of open land...

http://thespiritscience.net/2014/06/10/ ... hare-them/

Here's the company that sells the containers should anyone be interested in taking this up:

http://www.steelcontainersforsale.com/
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Re: Build a home... with a shipping container

Postby .py » Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:35 pm

Those look nice and they must be cheaper than a regular house.

However , how do you deal with the bathroom and the wiring?
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Re: Build a home... with a shipping container

Postby Unplugged » Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:22 pm

.py wrote:Those look nice and they must be cheaper than a regular house.

However , how do you deal with the bathroom and the wiring?


Video is a timeline of one being built. Might give you an idea how to do the wiring and toilet. I'd do a design just like this. Simple and plenty of room for 2 people plus storage.

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Re: Build a home... with a shipping container

Postby Nihilist Priest » Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:48 pm

It's an excellent option for warm climates. Cold climates need much insulation and don't play as nicely with this format. People still build with these in cold climates, but the alternatives are more competitive than in warm climates.

A well made earth berm home can be great for cold climates.

@ Unplugged's video: As much as those homeowners would probably contest, I would call their home a temporary shelter. While I'm no expert - I did notice that they didn't put a concrete foundation. Like most ISO shipping containers, theirs had a wood planked floor from the start. All they did was prop it on cinder blocks. After several decades that wood floor is going to be picked away by rot and insects. Rainwater will pool between the earth and the wood floor, exacerbating the problem.
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Re: Build a home... with a shipping container

Postby Nihilist Priest » Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:05 pm

Apparently these guys have a factory in Seattle:

http://shelterkraft.com/
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Re: Build a home... with a shipping container

Postby Unplugged » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:50 pm

Nihilist Priest wrote:Apparently these guys have a factory in Seattle:

http://shelterkraft.com/


Wow! That's nice! This would be perfect for my hunting lease instead of a 30 year old rotting camper trailer I currently have.
Just sent them a quote for 2 cargo containers and if it's less than 30k, I'll buy it. Just need to convince my father if he wants to go half on it.
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