Over the years I have noticed a trend of things having to be done by “experts”. If you watch a lot of TV shows its not a case of doing it yourself but getting in people to do tasks. This is simply removing the ability from many people as instead of reaching for the toolbox they reach for the telephone to get things done. Air conditioning like many other things can be done by people at home. That includes servicing which I recommend every 3 months personally with filter cleaning every month.
Anyway just wanted to share this video of air conditioning being installed in a shipping container as it does show how quick and easy it can be done.
When I started container gardening myself I could see the benefits for having a small space and being able to grow some of our own food. But as you look into it further its surprising where you can grow food in containers. Take for example on top of your air conditioning unit. In an old sink, or pretty much anywhere that has enough space to plant a crop and won’t cause damage to the building or equipment.
In shipping container living adapting roof and wall space for container gardens is often overlooked but something that can be easily done with extra benefits. First one is those who don’t like the look of the metal container wall start to see it disappear amongst your food crops and plants. Secondly its shade that helps reduce heat build up on your shipping container home. Add to that a hobby that is not only interesting to many but offers up a fruitful supply of various types of food on a regular basis. Container gardening has many advantages and not as difficult as it may seem to get one started.
Still a bit of a rant with me simply because the size of a shipping container home makes a lot of sense and many units are a lot smaller that people reside in round the world. Maybe people complaining should look at the home they are living in and ask do they need all that internal space? do they utilize it? Would they have been better with a smaller house and bigger open spaces outside?
Because I have lived both lives and to be honest I prefer the minimal living to the cluttered life of consumerism. I still have my gadgets, I still have a double bed and plenty of clothes but what I don’t have is stuff I don’t use and don’t need.
This is our bedroom currently as you can see its got a bunk bed for our two kids plus our double bed. Out of shot is a chest of drawers,bookshelf, wardrobe but the size of the room is actually smaller than a 20ft shipping container, our kids are 3 and coming up 1 so they are still young at the same time we are only running one light at night and one air conditioning unit, not one of each in Ewe’s room, Zoei’s room and our room. Our energy costs are 1/3rd of what they would be in a western styled home. Next door we have a room that is around the same size with a bathroom attached to the exterior. That is used for a day room with kitchen, dining and TV facilities. Are we struggling? Are we crammed in like sardines? Answer is no we have plenty of outdoor space and generally I will work in my office during the day (the bedroom has my desktop PC, Laptop and desk as well). All these things give us a space to live in without costing too much in space or energy. Its not a shipping container home but its pretty much built in similar dimensions due to the shape of the bit of land that was available for it.
I think its peoples perspectives that need to change as Filipino’s here generally live in smaller homes, Japan is similar in fact most of Asia. So who’s right and who’s wrong?