Reading about this it did throw up a few issues as I look at the room and its functional. I can understand the price tag seeming expensive but what is it compared to local market rates? You see in the Philippines renting by the night is generally P1,600 for a room in my area but you can rent an entire apartment for P6,000+ per month. The issue is though most people seem to gripe that the P6,000 apartment doesn’t have hot water etc. etc. at the same time none of them do that’s why they are P6,000!
Now the issue with this shipping container courtyard room was more to do with the fact they didn’t want to stay in a shipping container reading through the lines. Bit like people saying they don’t like eating something even though they have never tasted it before. So was off to a negative start to begin with. Fact is this is probably better condition than the main rooms that were available in the main hotel as its surfaces are all wash down etc. So personally can’t see a problem with it.
I do come across these type of complaints very often amongst expats though as their expectations are often well above what is available locally. Even when locals put themselves out to help people often doing a lot of running around for free people still complain.
Its something I was discussing with another expat recently when talking about riding town to town as they often go for expensive hotels at P1,600+ a night. Me I can’t justify the cost for somewhere I am not on holiday. Motorbike riding is about roughing it and enjoying the environment around us. The Trip to Negros for example crashing out in a P200 hut (p100 each!) on the coast I prefer any day to an air con room in some resort. Not tight with the cash just that I like to experience real life not the “glossy magazine version”.
So was a bit disappointed with the author on this article as he could have been a bit more positive on the container courtyard but instead just slated it with sarcasm, you can read it here
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.
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.
The first photo is actually the last I took the day after, its the stairs after they have been sand blasted and painted. The others are the process at different stages. I had taken the stairs out of the apartment yesterday to get them ready for sand blasting and painting. The sandblaster hadn’t been used in over a year which resulted in it and the compressor having to be cleaned down before I could use them. By the time I had finished that it was already lunchtime and very hot, when I finally did start blasting the rain rolled in to ruin the day. It did only last twenty minutes but it then took another hour for the stairs to dry before I could give them another blast. I had tried to video what I see when sand blasting but it didn’t turn out very well so I just took the photos you see below instead. I did manage to get the stairs painted though but expect they will need touching up by the time they are dropped back into place.
I was hoping to get the wall behind the stairs covered in metal sheeting today but the best I could manage was pre drilling the holes in the sheets, This helps in getting the holes all straight and uniform.
The bamboo flooring went in pretty easily. I got sore though from carrying all the boxes upstairs. Surprising how much 750sqm of flooring weighs! I found the bamboo lumber at Lumber Liquidators and hte bathroom is Tiger Strand with everything else being Natural Strand.
The strand bamboo is also a lot harder than the vertical or horizontal boards and noticably denser. I was really happy with the finished look. Next thing is working out how to write about the wiring of the electrics in the shipping container apartment. I am hoping things will slow down once the air conditioning is installed and the trim painted. This will give me more time to update things about the details I haven’t been keeping upto date in the blog. Looking forward to a break, going on vacation Tuesday!
Finally the air conditioning is finished and running also helps maintaining a constant temperature with the front door also being installed even though still minus its handle. Wiring has also been completed in the apartment at least. Still need to get on with caulking and painting the skirting boards before the kitchen cabinets can go in. Hopefully all this will be done by the end of the month.
After reading about a smart home system in Popular mechanics I decided to go ahead and install the system in my home by replacing some of the lighting switches around the house. Instead of having a single switch the system uses multiple switching where the switches communicate with each other around the house. Things like being able to turn on and off the garage lights from the sitting room as well as the outside lighting from the sitting room. At the same time the system also allows all the lights to be rigged to one switch so you can switch all the lights off when going out, Pretty smart stuff.
It wasn’t an insult to say its built more of a trailer type home because in reality that is what they look like. At the same time in the UK the caravans on a site can be expensive due to their location. They are functional and practical as well as utilizing the space people need rather than space people want. It reminds me of my home back in the UK when I would wander across the dining room to get to the kitchen or go upstairs and I ask myself the question how often did we use the dining room and how often was it utilized fully? Answer rarely it was a room that was expensive to heat with high ceilings and large floor area yet we never used it. This is a practical example of why the container type homes work as people use the space they have and use it the best they can.
The container above is located in Hawaii which is a location that suffers with excess shipping containers giving cheap pods to work from. This is unit has an office and apartment featuring office space, kitchen, bath and bedroom. The addition of T-111 siding and a flat roof improves the durability of the unit and enhances its appearance.