This home is a little unique in comparison to the others we have come across as this shipping container home is also a shipping container restaurant combined. Built on a rented lot in Krabi province, Thailand. Total cost for construction around $39,000 but the owner did admit in the construction phase lots of mistakes as there was a new learning curve to be learned not only for him but also the workers he employed.
For me the functionality of the building is proof that not only that shipping containers can be homes but also businesses that can adapt with the scale of your business. The fact containers are modular by design also means you can add more when needed.
This is the 02 Design which i thought would be worth posting for people to get an idea of how you can make a simple home with 2 x 20ft containers. As you can see its functional but also there is a lot of wasted space that could be utilized but it still fits!
For an example of how to work things out generally I would go for the number of people living in the house plus one when it comes to seating. As there is only a double bed in this house and living room seating for 6 you can half that space. Dining table could be set for 2 with a fold down table so that more seating could be added if needed rather than taking up 1/4 of the home. Sofa bed or Murphy bed would be more practical than a double bed that looks like its stuck in the middle of the sitting room. Not an ideal plan for me this one but at the same time like I said its all in there and with excess. If creating open plan in the sitting room/bedroom I would go with a divider after reducing the amount of seating as this will allow wardrobe space in the bedroom and a TV unit in the sitting room as well as small storage.
But the important thing is here is you can see how it can be done at the same time having a canvass to work from you can also plan out how you would do it.
This project was based on three shipping containers from which home designer Leger Wanaselja transformed into a luxury modular home. Its located on eastern hills above San Francisco Bay. The advantage of using shipping containers in this design is that it offers a structured uniform look that only adds to the buildings character as well as the containers themselves are ideal for this purpose due to the design and nature of them because they exceed many of the building standards that would be required for construction at the same time cheap to work with and buy.
How the containers are used is 2 40ft containers are stacked while on the other side another 40ft was cut and stacked leaving the central area as the sitting room and stairwell area which was opened up by a high glass wall from floor to ceiling.
Although these containers were used by journalists in the Sudanese elections it does make me wonder if Expat’s or other travellers would be interested in living in containers as a budget residence for short stay or long term. The fact that these were comfortable in Sudan prove the point that shipping containers can function as a residence without over heating if the right measures are put into place during construction. Also the number of people I have come across in the Philippines trying to avoid paying for anything more than they want to these would fit into their budget as I could easily see these being rented at P4,000 a month long-term in a good location as a basic living accommodation or for budget hotels around P1,000 a night.
The practical side to this video is that often it doesn’t have to be built in a day. The couple involved obviously seen the advantages of using containers as simply the can be “locked up” when back doing the day job allowing the weekend project to continue until its ready. Very functional and simple design worth watching as it shows that you also don’t have to be a craftsman to do everything as your container only needs to develop or transform as much as you want to do it.
shipping container house transformation
The problem in the West we think home we think big.. we think of more and excess and the “we can’t live without items”. But then again how many of those items can you really live without?
Once you have an idea of reduction you have a step forward in the way your container home can be.
Here you can see the bed, small steps and side table alongside a wardrobe. Maximising the width of a small space. Underneath the bed is the storage space which is ideal for those with luggage and I can see this being used in things like modular hotel systems.
Combining wash and cooking facilities into one reduces space drastically as generally we are doing one or the other so makes sense. At the same time strongly advise good earthing (ground) to reduce risk of electrocution.
You have to remember you may be losing some of the worldly goods of excess inside but you are gaining the environment on the outside allowing living spaces such as gardens and views over a concrete jungle.
This unique home is sitting on the steep slope of Crestwood Hills in Los Angeles. 3,700sq ft. the Jovanovich dream home was developed on existing buildings adding to it sustainable and progressive design and construction methods.
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects were the guys behind the project, adding a second skin layer to the buildings added an assisted shade that protects the building from Californian sunshine and also works to reduce heat build up in the home as well as offering a privacy screen.
An idea that can also be utilized for shipping container homes to help keep the heat out. Either directly or in a canopy form. Not a shipping container home in design but its the grill concept that I found interesting.
This three bedroom container home has utilized its lot area to give a unique home environment which also adds colour to the area from its wooden cladding. On top of that its a green home in many ways that have been listed below. On waste removal from site they were able to contain all the rubbish within 10 contractor waste sacks in comparison to many other projects I have personally worked on that would literally need several skips on this size of building. Mainly not down to the construction company mind as the biggest problem I find in construction is the amount of pallets, packaging, wraps, boxes etc. that everything seems to come in.
Some of the green features:
- FilterPave driveway using 70-80 percent post-consumer recycled glass, 20-30 percent granite, and a polymer binder in a four inch layer.
- Built with three used shipping containers
- SIPs incorporated in roof and floors
- On-demand hot water heater
- Efficient Unico AC system
- An energy recovery ventilation system
- Bamboo flooring and low-VOC paints
- Use of fiberboard products
- Energy efficient appliances
- Dual-flush toilets and efficient plumbing/fixtures