Shipping Container Home Panama

Shipping Container Home Panama

I am always interested in new locations  of where shipping container homes are being utilized and today I came across this one by Fred and Cynthia in Panama. Their blog is also interesting as it goes through the various transition processes from A to B and everything else in between. Another home builder happy to share their information on how they got the home of their dreams and built it themselves.

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I recommend visiting their blog about building a container house in Panama as they have a lot of useful information to share as well as an interesting read.

Container house idea – Auroville, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India

This is an idea that I came across while doing an article for my other blog Tropicalhome.net I found this house which is based in India but after looking at its design more closely started to think you could replace the bottom unit easily with a shipping container or 2 x 20ft shipping container units. The design by using wood for the upper decks also allows the weight to be kept down and starts to become a great idea for a shipping container home in tropical areas as you can finish the bottom layer then add the next two layers as your budget allows and as you find materials. The other options obviously with something designed round the use of local materials is the upper decks will be cheaper and easier to source than many other materials but also the use of a lattice side and open planned roof deck means that you get a lot of natural light throughout the day as well as air flowing across the building. All in all would love to see this idea become a reality.timber tropical home India timber tropical home India timber tropical home India timber tropical home India timber tropical home India

20ft Tank Shipping Container Dimensions

20ft Tank Shipping Container

20ft Tank Shipping Container units may not be useful for the shipping container home scenario directly but could be utilized for example as a water supply due to being able to fit straight on top of the other shipping container units. This is why the dimensions of 20ft Tank Shipping Container units have been added to the blog.

Always double check measurements due to some units being adapted for customers needs.

 

 

 

 

Payload: 6,764 lbs.
Capacity: 904 cu. ft.

Internal Dimensions

Length: 20′
Width: 8′
Height: 8′ 6"

Bamboo Flooring Installed In Shipping Container Home

bamboo flooring shipping container home

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!

Phuket Prefab by A Site Specific Experiment

The main idea of bringing in the designs from outside the blog is to show that things can be done via modular and shipping container housing. A Site Specific Experiment offer many designs and projects they have completed in Thailand.

Phuket modular prefab

What I like about this design is its opened up 1/4 of the building to the elements allowing a seating area outside while still under shade. Could see this sort of design being used in many locations including things like sub-division developments where you need an office to show off your designs for the construction site but once completed you can relocate the entire office to a new development.

Phuket prefab modular office

Phuket prefab modular office

I could quite happily see myself working away at the bottom of the garden in one of these being able to shut myself off from noise when I want while still having the light makes a great working environment. Also means I can have tea with my wife on the porch in the afternoons.

Container House A Real Solution Or Just A Eco Dream?

As you can see in this blog we collate container house designs and projects all the time but is it just a modern fad? In the UK doing your bit for recycling people will talk about the fact they bought a hard wearing reusable bag and no longer use plastic ones at the supermarket. But to me its simply a token gesture and it shows more on the fact the bags are made to look trendy over usage, and where did the bags come from in the first place they weren’t made in the UK!

At the same point people argue about toxic paints and moving the containers to their final destination as someone’s container house. But these eco greens never talk about the cost of doing it in traditional ways or practical solutions. Why am I looking at building a container house? well its not to do with the environment its down to the fact its affordable and I can do all the work myself which in real terms for the UK labour costs 40% of the build cost. Reduce the material cost as well drastically how much are we talking to build a shipping container home in the UK?

In reality people take pride in ownership of a home and isn’t more “eco friendly” to actually be building homes that are sustainable and affordable than arguing about how much toxic paint was used in the original painting? Damage was already done and its unlikely most of the paints people are talking about actually do any harm unless you start messing with them too much.

A container house is something I can see governments not being happy with as its borderline temporary accommodation which also means there must be reduced tax implications on the land that it sits. But for most people its the achievement of being able to own a home that takes priority and a container house can offer that.

Shipping container homes in the Philippines projects

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.

Share your shipping container project

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.

But this also gives a platform for people to send in their own projects and designs to share them with everybody else if your interested. Building the blog site as more of a community rather than a single writer is important to showing other alternatives and ideas of shipping container home developments and we want you to be part of it.

If you would like to submit an article please email matt_wilkie@hotmail.co.uk