Installing Solar Tubes

Installing the solar tubes went in easier than expected. There was nothing covered in the manual about flat roofs or U panels but all seemed to fit really easily. At the same time hopefully going to get a bit of rain to test them this week before the insulation goes in. Either that or a garden hose to check for leaks before everything is sealed up.

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The Periscope project – San Diego shipping container art centre

Periscope Project - San Diego, Shipping container Art centre

The Periscope project is a funky modern container art centre which resides on a small lot in San Diego. Constructed with 5 shipping containers (recycled). The art space also offers living and working spaces as well as the shop front and exhibition area. The original concept started in 2007 by the late Petar Perisi. An interesting use of a shipping container that enhances its environment as well as gives a place that offers regular meetings and discussion workshops.

It offers up a mix of industrial feel with clean fresh art display in an interesting blend of building use. The narrow slit windows I also like as on other container designs this style of window would be very useful for allowing hot air to escape. Its kept much of the container buildings in basic form while utilizing spaces between and above the containers for garden spaces and an outdoor area.

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Living in a shipping container home

I hear it so often here that nobody wants to or would live in a shipping container home but I ask you “would you?”

For a start its economical if your renting or even buying purely on the structures size. Then the fact the structure is already constructed in basic form before you start cutting and adding you already have a roof over your head.

But on top of that lets think anti-consumerism its a small space are you going to think twice about anything you buy? the answer will be yes as the first thought is where to put it. In reality your cutting the consumerism trend and becoming more in control of your life. The western world wastes a huge amount of resources and money on stuff they don’t need and often never even use. Living in a container every bit of space has consideration and consequences if given up.

Living in a shipping container home can offer freedom that many people can’t even see that they have removed. Cut consumerism, cut costs it all equals a better quality of life.

Shipping container homes don’t have to be a metal box

You will often come across negativity on building shipping container homes as people generally see a big metal box with a logo written up the side of it but at the same time these same people will never understand the concept of why you are doing it in the first place.

At the same though nobody says it has to be a simple box design although for many they choose this type because of environmental reasons or budget. Personally if even a box on the outside it doesn’t mean you can’t grow plants on a trellis to give a bit of shade as well as a practical wall cover. For me its not just about looking at a box but more the thought of children getting a Christmas present disregarding the present for the large box it came in to fill 101 dreams all day with the box the gift came in. Shipping containers offer that for the person who isn’t the architect or house builder a box to build from, a modular piece of a puzzle that they can envisage their ideas and turn from a simple or complex idea into a home that has their personal stamp on it. I’m an environmentalist, i’m a designer, I simply love living in my shipping container! whatever it is the point is that metal box became a home for generations and I haven’t heard anyone yet complain about living in one everyone seems more than happy and if that’s the case then I too will be happy to be “living in a box”.

Air Conditioning For Shipping Container Home

Yesterday seen the installation of the ductless split unit for the shipping container apartment. We bought it from AC World. Also had another meeting with a spray foam contractor. I can’t wait for the installation as they keep telling me what a huge difference the insulation will make to the shipping container home.

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Installing Spray Wall Insulation – Shipping Container Home

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Pro Tight visited this week to install the spray wall insulation. They started by protecting everything we didn’t want foam on such as the sockets etc that saves digging out at a later date. The spray foam has a heat reaction that when sprayed gives off heat when it expands. This meant that although the guys started at 7am and were swapping every 45 minutes for a break due to the heat build up by lunch time they were down to swapping every 10 minutes. Not normally a problem for them but they aren’t used to working in such a confined space as the apartment which also meant as the walls got insulated the more heat built up as it locked heat into the shipping container home. We got the ventilation fan going upstairs to try and help with the problem as well as some of the fumes given off that made your eyes water with a similar affect to chlorine from swimming pools. Doesn’t hurt just irritating and even if you wore glasses or goggles it wouldn’t prevent it from happening. Not normally a problem in large places like factories etc. where the guys would normally be insulating walls.

Will be seeing the arrival of ship rock this week as well as hopefully the electric supply being installed. Add to that the 1800 ft trench needed for the water pipe supply I have plenty to be doing.

Wall sheet Rock Installation – Shipping Container Home

It took less than a day to install the sheet rock. Next is to tape the joints and texture that’s hopefully tomorrow’s job. After that its onto the painting which means I have to decide on what colours I want the walls. Looking forward to the power being on so I can get the air conditioning working.

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KLC Ready home – shipping container home manufacturer

KLC READY HOME  I came across this video earlier today which covers many things in a simple process of why shipping containers make a good home but also issues regarding use of ventilation to help cool the home naturally which in budget housing is critical to keeping costs down. The video has also been put together very professionally which also helps in its marketing. The company is based in Jamaica probably where the name ““Kingston Logistics Center Limited” comes from.

The setup is no doubt internationally but also I believe for organizations looking at helping develop shanty towns for example its solutions are viable.

 

Smoothing Walls On Shipping Container Home

Walls have been smoothed off but won’t know how good until they have been painted this week. Also started to add the metal sheeting to the garage walls, all going well and even the electricity company showed up on Friday afternoon and trenched a hole for the electrics. Lets hope the power goes on Monday.

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