ContainerHomes.Net has a new video about building a roof top deck on a shipping container.
ContainerHomes.Net has a new video about filling in the gap that is created when you merge two shipping containers.
This video is a bit different to the rest simply because its taking on some of Japan’s traditional ideas for open space. The roof structure is also a bit different to everything else as it appears to have a complete set of scaffold poles that have carried a porch like space right over the container in all directions. Maximises space but not sure of its practicalities but only time would tell. Here in Cebu we get heavy rain in the Wet season so a separated roof would actually have some benefits on noise reduction at the same time I would have to look at its justification on costs as well as how it would fair in heavy winds.
The bathroom layout is fairly practical on this one and appears smaller than others I have seen as its gone for the 8ft width with a long bathroom (entrance from external) instead of the other way round which most people seem to do. The hollow block walls that seem to make up the dividers seem a bit overkill for me though its finish would look very clean.
The blog has been a little quiet lately but its not doing to a lack of things going on but the reverse. Several interested parties has stepped forward for various construction projects all of which I am now knocking up drawings and ideas for how far the projects will go we will have to wait and see currently its just in the early stages but can see it developing well if it gets taken seriously especially by local government as a housing solution. There are several reasons I am keen to do low cost housing including giving people dignity and pride in their home which should hopefully tie in with other projects to make a sustainable higher standard of living possible. On top of that shipping container class rooms are also on the cards as well as an interesting swimming pool idea so all in all its getting pretty busy. I will share some of the 3D images once I have finished the designs but I would request donations if you decide to use any of the sketches or drawings purely towards building the beach house container house here which will be fully online from start to finish to show you how to build it yourself. Currently we are looking at an initial budget of P100,000 for the unit and construction.
Just wanted to post an update on ongoing things as people may wonder where I disappeared to.
A floating home which appears mainly from timber construction but offers an interesting design for a home on waterways. No doubt could be adapted if not already to utilize sustainable materials. The home was actually prefabricated and travelled from the contractors workshop from another location on the lake. Although the timber frame also makes this a lighter home for construction, I am sure that shipping containers could be used in the same way as the shape of the home could easily be adapted to shipping container usage for recycling containers at the same time if looking to do something similar. Here in the Philippines for example timber isn’t always practical due to cost as well as termites. Which is the main reason most construction here is done in concrete.
Most people think of prefab construction as being off-site pieces assembled on site – floating a whole house was quite a task but saved time, energy and money in the long run. It is a rare building that can be more cheaply built to float than to sit on land.
This blog came about due to looking to build our home here in the Philippines as well as looking into the viability of shipping container homes for low cost housing. Currently the low cost housing is looking more likely to go with modular kits due to the logistic issues of shipping containers and the purchase price of used containers in the Philippines. This sort of slows our projects currently down to a snails pace as we start to look for land capable of dropping container units onto as generally for the budget we have the land is very uneven and access difficult by road.
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This is a rather interestingly designed building that makes a colourful modern statement. Built from 32 recycled shipping containers it offers 12 office/studio units for business rentals. Constructed on a waste piece of land in road island previously the Harris Lumber yard. you can see how swiftly the construction came about in the video below. Another reason why shipping containers make an ideal modular framework.
These car showrooms are a practical example of how a shipping container module can be used. I have also worked with a company in the UK previously that use the outer steel frames you see here that form an open sided shell that slot walls drop into. This is probably based on the same technology but still using the shipping container size and weights for transportation. A small 7.5 ton truck with attached crane can move these and deliver one at a time. Making it not only cost affective for construction but also transportation.
Petrol Station (Gas station) Koboko district, west nile region uganda
May seem a little odd for some as the fuel consumption of cars are pretty high. But I have seen similar units for sale here in the Philippines aswell because they are ideal for more remote areas that mainly use motorbikes or have low fuel consumption due to lack of vehicles in the area that wouldn’t justify a large scale petrol station at the same time this type is probably less likely to pollute the ground as working in the industry years ago underground tanks had a habit of rusting and leaking over the years which is why they are removed due to contamination issues in the ground.
The design of the house is simple but elegant using the hillside at the back of the property as a footing allowing also to be used possibly as a wind break from the elements. The openness of the surrounding area allows for the property to have some beautiful views to the pool side of the property. This was part of the design to give 180 degrees of viewing of the surrounding areas giving it a more natural feel to the property.
The decked pool area also gives another area to relax and building the pool long and narrow gives the ability of swimming lengths without too much waste of space. As well as in keeping with the container design of the home.
There are some interesting design aspects of Steele Design’s Escape P.O.D. namely the use of natural ventilation although have a concern about roof removal of a container and also if tropical like here the overhangs would be better further out for not only catching more cool air to cool the building but also to prevent a soaking if there is heavy rainfall and a side wind. Concept is good though very minimalistic but no doubt could be easily functional.
At first this shipping container doesn’t look like much but its actually maximised its space pretty well to provide 2 good sized bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, washer and dryer area,dining area and kitchen. There seems to be an absence of sitting room but could be utilized in the corridor between the two bedrooms as it appears the owners spend their spare time in the bedrooms (judging by the TV in there). The shipping container home has a good size of kitchen which is a must for many. My wife loves cooking and its the one area she would love to be big wherever or whatever our home is. Good use of space throughout this shipping container house.