Originally I was looking to donate an entire suite but think its better to maintain control of the computers and building to create a community centre where people can come and learn new skills. The local schools could also book time to use it so instead of one school having all the computers all schools gain access to the computers. On the evenings offering local lessons on Excel,word and teaching people how to blog as well as basic computer use are all things the Computer suite can be used for.
When I looked at this video for Haiti I could see the viability of this project working as the shipping container as well as being mobile is very secure. Building a 20ft shipping container computer suite with 10 PCs would greatly enhance the communities education. This is why I am asking for the basic $4,000 although bearing in mind this also covers the cost of computers as well as the shipping container. I am sure the skills learned by the current and next generations via the suite will open up possibilities they may have never had otherwise.
I am looking to locate the first suite in Minglanilla,Cebu,Philippines and seeing how it progresses over time and how it will be utilised by the local people. Hoping that the skills developed over time will help lift people out of poverty but also that the first suite will show where peoples true interests lie in learning to help them get the most from it.
I am extremely keen on this idea as we have started Hydroponics here in Cebu,Philippines and although sunlight isn’t an issue or heat often what is here is theft. Having lockable units may be the solution for that problem as prices in the Philippines for food are often inflated. We seem to get the lower grade stock at the same price people are paying for high grade in UK supermarkets. But back on tangent I do think they are onto something with the idea although likely more useful for government buildings such as schools and hospitals as a provider of good quality food than general population use. May yet to be proved wrong mind!
A barber and T-Shirt printing shop in one, a shipping container maybe the best option for many start up business units especially if leasing land as it can be dropped and then moved when you move. At the same time securely locking away your store front every night. This same location has another two shipping containers being used for other things, a bed spacer (room rental) which sees a 20ft container split into two bunk rooms and a battery and car/motorbike oil sales office. I have to admit they haven’t gone overboard on concealing the fact they are containers but then again do they have to? Here in the Philippines people generally aren’t bothered by the looks of things on the exterior and often the best seafood restaurants for example are just a BBQ and a few tables and chairs at the side of the road.
I nearly missed this coffee shop as we drove past it today on the way to the Department of Science and Technology. Its a perfect example of a budget shipping container cafe but done in a very quaint way that is fully functional and the container actually gives it a bit of charm. The other important note here is the location as it slips quietly in between a condominium development and a petrol station which also shows how functional the building can be in a small space. The added canopy gives it a lit sitting area for evenings as well as canopies over the windows and outside area for shade against the Philippines sun.
Another shipping container building in Minglanilla. This one though is a car parts business supplying things like oil and batteries. As you can see though easily slid in off the main road and its neighbour is the Gaisano Mall.
Giving it a great location for selling. A good example of a shipping container building being used as a store where they have kept the main doors to lock the unit up securely at night when the store is closed.
The cost of a shipping container varies considerably and one of the main considerations when doing shipping container homes.
When looking at building a house from shipping containers, you have two main options constructing the home yourself or by having a specialist company built it for you.
Either way you should first look at the cost of buying shipping containers because locations make a huge difference in price and if the units are in surplus or in demand. Then there is the factors such as size and condition of the container units. Generally though there is surplus in most of the West the deciding factor if its viable for you or not is no doubt going to fall into location from source and price. Searching online you will be able to locate shipping containers easily but also worth keeping an eye out in your local classified adverts or even contact some local companies that have deliveries of containers. May even pay to put an advert out for shipping containers “wanted” as it may throw you some options you wouldn’t find otherwise.
Used shipping container costs are considerably cheaper when buying second hand units over new, it costs more to send them back to China than it does to manufacture one in China and send it, which is why you can often get shipping containers at low prices. Add to this though the costs of alterations and transport and handling of the shipping containers when considering this as a home building option.
We currently operate mainly in the Philippines but are open to external sources wanting to advertise shipping containers on a database to help people locate a shipping container. As well as shipping container manufacturers are also welcome to submit information to also be added into Shipping Container Living.
For a brand new standard 40’ Shipping Container you can expect to pay $1,500 upwards in the United States. At the same time here in Cebu Philippines its around P90,000 for a 20’ and P140,000 for a 40’. Although prices vary on demand drastically due to what would be unseaworthy elsewhere are still utilized between islands.
There is often a saying in the Philippines want to make a small fortune in the Philippines start with a big one. In reality a lot of is down to the way the country functions but also the fact the way people spend their money. Investing heavily in a restaurant for example may not pay off purely because even a McDonalds is too expensive for the majority of people especially on a regular basis. But this is where a lot of people go wrong because no point investing heavily in a building that you “lease the land on” or going over the top with decor for local people generally they aren’t bothered. I don’t here people whining about mosquito’s or the heat especially when it comes to price! E.g. air con restaurant and pay twice as much for a burger or sitting outside 9/10 saving money comes first. This is why this restaurant works and sits opposite one of the biggest shopping malls in Cebu,Philippines. Its within walking distance of the port so obvious where all the shipping container panels came from but as you can see serves its purpose even if its not pretty.
Things may appear a bit quiet lately but its all good to be honest except the cause! What happened is prices got to a point where I couldn’t see it currently being viable to buy one as it strained my budget too much to the point I couldn’t complete to sell the first one to buy the second. So being practical skipped it for a few months moving to things we need for the workshop as well as the apartments I am currently constructing here in Cebu, Philippines. What is happening instead of buying an expensive container and struggling through with trying to finish it to sell on a shoestring budget I have started to put together a shopping list of tools and machinery to allow rapid conversion once we get things in full swing. At the same time I have decided to abandon selling unfinished containers simply down to the fact the sellers are greedy and if I am being ripped off I don’t want to rip you off so advise go look for yourself then I am not the one over charging.
Currently the shopping list will consist of :-
Router table (Will build)
Air compressor + tools
Cross cut wood saw (we already have one for metal)
Not a big list but an expensive one, ideally though the tools will be offering a better finish on many parts of the internal fittings as I was a cabinet maker/carpenter previously so being able to construct some things like under drawers for chairs and other furniture allowing maximum storage space as well as other useful things for within the units. I am currently taking caravan designs onboard as they offer the maximum amount of practical use for the minimum of space. So although the site has gone a bit slow doesn’t mean I have forgotten!
Part of the shipping container housing we are looking to do is to encourage others to get involved and DIY (do it yourself!) which is why this project has come up which is basically we supply “SECONDHAND” containers at P60,000 each now these have been used and will be battered in some way no doubt but you have to remember your cladding over the exterior/interior and on top of that they were designed for ship travelling in some of the worst conditions on the planet. Doesn’t mean they are going to be battered to death but it does mean that your buying a pretty indestructible module if you take care of it. Rust issues will be minimalized due to the type of steel involved and like most things its all about preparation rather than finish.
So if your looking for a 20ft container they are P60,000+ delivery we also provide 40ft but due to the road conditions within Cebu I would recommend buying 2 20ft and welding them together as getting a truck with HIAB (crane) is possible or even using a forklift or backhoe to unload and move to final destination where as using 40ft containers the issues become more complex.
Shipping container modular buildings may not be the first thing to spring to mind when thinking of filling a companies needs in a tropical climate. At the same time anywhere near the ports it makes a lot of sense as its in keeping with the local area as well as easy to have delivered. Here in Cebu, Philippines I spent a day looking for shipping container modular buildings around the city and port area. A couple of reasons in doing so the first one being most people can’t believe people would use a shipping container to live or work inside because they are “too hot” and secondly I am very interested in cargotecture and shipping container modular buildings.
This one I noticed when I first came to Cebu and it makes a lot of sense during the day to have seating so high up. Road dust off the main road is bad as well as the surrounding area being built up restricting airflow but also concrete density increases heat. Sitting up above three shipping containers your literally getting the best the local area has to offer with airflow and arguably cleaner air.
Another Shipping container office one of the better developed ones but also its located in a shipping container yard so no issue in getting shipping containers for the project!
JAJ Aggregates is one of the most interesting cargotecture designs I have come across in the local area as its suspended one side of the building in air sat on two concrete pillars (you can’t see its Sunday which is obviously wash day). The two concrete pillars are sat behind the laundry.
A shipping container office still in development. Something to do with a local truck haulier, often people live in the trucks and its likely this is either going to be an office for the vehicle owners or a rest place on route for the drivers. That extra bit of paint will make a huge difference to the left side!