Disaster Relief Shipping Container Home City Concepts

When I came across these yesterday I thought wow some great ideas going on here but they had “Haiti” plastered all over them. No offence but the disaster relief as well as low cost housing solutions shouldn’t be limited to Haiti. These places would work not only for poor but business sector workers in developing nations where city prices are expensive. Quite simply they are fantastic images and I can see how these shipping container homes could quickly become a shipping container city.

shipping container apartments

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But more importantly they aren’t ugly! They are however very viable for many uses although staircases need altering for safety reasons on the images but the concept in general is fantastic.

Disaster Relief Shipping Container Home City Concepts

When I came across these yesterday I thought wow some great ideas going on here but they had “Haiti” plastered all over them. No offence but the disaster relief as well as low cost housing solutions shouldn’t be limited to Haiti. These places would work not only for poor but business sector workers in developing nations where city prices are expensive. Quite simply they are fantastic images and I can see how these shipping container homes could quickly become a shipping container city.

shipping container apartments

shipping container apartments shipping container apartments

But more importantly they aren’t ugly! They are however very viable for many uses although staircases need altering for safety reasons on the images but the concept in general is fantastic.

Truck container home

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Externally it looks pretty bland and a normal truck with a fixed body. But inside you find its fully fitted out and furnished with a secondary deck for sleeping. Its designed for all-terrain use as well as for mobile living. As the ideas expand for container living so does the opportunities to look at others for inspiration for our own projects.This one shows a touch of luxury that could be achievable either mobile or fixed for container living.

truck container home

Wall sheet Rock Installation – Shipping Container Home

It took less than a day to install the sheet rock. Next is to tape the joints and texture that’s hopefully tomorrow’s job. After that its onto the painting which means I have to decide on what colours I want the walls. Looking forward to the power being on so I can get the air conditioning working.

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How To Find A Shipping Container

When looking to buy a Shipping Container for property use of some description the first issues should be what planning issues you may hit. In many cases the regulations don’t interfere with shipping containers as they are seen as “temporary buildings”. I know someone who has a huge shed which has only two restrictions which were height and square metre size “per year”. This meant that although he couldn’t go any higher than one level he has literally built to his maximum square metre limit every year for the last 10 years giving him a workshop that covers at least 800sqm of floor space more than he will ever need. At the same time due to the type of work he did it also suited him as the majority of materials were recovered from replacements on roofs of properties he was repairing that the owners were just glad to see the end of.

Now if your unsure or thinking your going to struggle hit the car and head round looking for people in your area and maybe ask in places like Yahoo answers about “city building codes” in your areas. The reason for this is if you can find people who have already done it you can find out how they got round the problem. Often it can be a green city engineer involved who can help push the idea and get it passed. Before I submit any paperwork for requirements I normally sketch up some rough plans and invite those who are likely to oppose the idea to come and view the location and talk about it as well as show them how it won’t become an eye sore to the area but actually enhance it.

Once your sure the planning isn’t going to be an issue its time to start hunting a container down. Ports may be the obvious way to find a container but what about searching for hauliers in the area? For example one near my parents delivers wine to a warehouse everyday but the containers leave empty back to port. This means there is a good chance you can cut a deal on the container delivered to your door if they have a spare one available saving on the commuting costs as you will hopefully only be paying for the container plus the delivery cost from when its unloaded at the yard if anything.

Classified ads are another place to find containers but often you will come across containers that don’t have any way of being loaded which means you have the expense of loading and unloading which is fine if you can locate equipment near both locations to do it or negotiate that loading is the sellers problem. Often though in the classifieds you can find shipping containers for free because they may have been put in location for a tool shed for example while an office complex or house was built and now its in the way, which is why it may pay to get one of these especially near the end of a construction job as there may be a JCB or other machinery that can lift it already on site and a quick £20 in the drivers pocket and your loaded.

Interesting container concept – Steele Design’s Escape P.O.D.

Steele Design’s Escape P.O.D. s are made for landowners who wish to start enjoying country living without the expense of building a traditional house and want the advantage of very fast construction

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.

Modern but simple house boat – Uboat

First looking at this you can easily see why a shipping container could be used for the central hub of the building. As well as looking into it a bit more to see it can’t only be a simple design but with some interesting uses of technology for electric, water and heating/cooling. Initially house boats seem to be designed to keep the poorer less refined members of public out but this design does actually show it can be sustainable, minimalistic and cost effective.

modern house boat - Uboat by Wyatt Little

The simple design is based on a core unit with a lower deck area which is mimmiced in size by the roof section to allow shade for the exterior deck. On top of that the green roof area of the Uboat by Wyatt Little also offers solar energy to assist in powering the house boat.

 

modern house boat - Uboat by Wyatt Little

Add to that the geothermic loop to regulate the interior temperature of the property and you have an ambient temperature courtesy of your watered surroundings. Add to that the ability to draw up grey water as well as rainwater collectors on the green roof your water supply starts to become sustainable.

Maybe not 100% practical cost wise but the concept is something that could be utilized in other ways. The deck area with matching roof makes sense for container houses as it would help reduce heat build up as it keeps the heat away from the sides of the core building. Its looking into these ideas, concepts and thoughts that open up new ideas and practical solutions to shipping container homes.

modern house boat - Uboat by Wyatt Little modern house boat - Uboat by Wyatt Little

are shipping containers good to build a home with?

I am finding more and more people are thinking on the same path as me with shipping containers yet the designs are more varied as time goes on.. why?

In reality we are all experimenting and it means that we spend a lot of time looking at other finished projects which does mean as time has gone on our own projects improve even if a single thing hasn’t been done outside our heads.

So are shipping containers good to build with? in all honesty i can’t think of a better start module especially if you get it cheap. I have worked with modular homes previously and its one thing they don’t come with is a cheap price tag. Shipping containers allow the person with the most basic of skills to evolve and construct their own home. Many of the other projects I have worked on in my lifetime it would be impossible purely because of the amount of information you need to understand from an architects perspective and engineers never mind the hands on side.

Shipping containers are great to build a home with because you can physically do most of it yourself. They are a contained box which means even if it takes you a long time it doesn’t matter you can’t throw anything at it worse than the sea’s and oceans which means you can develop your skill level as you go and on top of that they are easy to join together and construct from in basic form. If your looking for a blank canvas for a home a shipping container suits that need perfectly.