Podd have also caught onto the niche of container/modular housing and are producing these modern designed homes for use in Australia. The construction takes an estimated 5 hours on site which isn’t bad going and internally looks great. The roof is also hydralulic to save time. Initially designed to help boost moral for mining employees but I can see a lot of people finding a use for these little homes.
The houses are made using shipping containers. The additional walls, ceilings, and floor structure are constructed using Austral exflam sandwich panel composite.
Although the space seems small due to its design and colour and lighting affects the place does seem a lot bigger than it is. I love the design which is more inline with professional business than hobby farming or off-grid living. A rather unique shipping container house which others may find acceptable as a hotel chalet or conferencing rooms. Very professional finish love it!
The design on this home is a mishmash of Shipping Container and timber cabin although a bit of an odd design due to the two materials contrasting with each other the home/retreat works.
Paul Stankey, co-founder of Hive Modular, with his wife, his brother, and his brother’s wife decided about going about building this weekend getaway on family land in hills north of Twin Cities. The two containers came in at $800 each plus labour and transportation.
Upon completion the shipping container home will have a kitchen,dining room,living room,washing and clothes area as well as two queen side beds.
On the energy front there will be at least a small solar array and a cistern will be operated using rainwater catchments from the gully.
The cantilever house is a prototype project to be built near Granite Falls, Washington in the Cascade Mountains North East of Seattle. There is also a second prototype in development for an urban site in San Diego. These projects are part of an exploration of opportunities in prefabricated techniques and modern construction methods. Ideally to develop low cost high quality housing.
Although the building site for this prototype has quite unrestrictive zoning constraints, the challenging topography and geotechnical conditions play a strong role in defining the overall design strategy. The small ground floor building footprint/foundation reduces the cost of this expensive area of the house, and allows the points of attachment to adapt to varying slope and soil conditions.
There are two main systems for this project standardised mass produced building elements, prefabricated steel frames commonly used for inexpensive light weight commercial buildings. As well as SIPS (Structurally Insulated Panel Systems) that provide non glazed building areas. Significant savings are made by using the same low labour intensive structural panels for walls, floors and roof section.
Although the materials and methods of construction are chosen for efficiency and affordability, the underlying design principles guiding the development of the system have the larger goals of producing affordable, high quality buildings that offer variety, adaptability, convertibility, strength, simplicity, spatial richness, and optimized access to views and light.
Prefabrication is one way to go in the modular housing industry but primarily it has another function for myself as I look at what has been done to get ideas on how to convert shipping containers and this prefabricated home is being constructed by Clayton Homes, based in Maryville, Tenn., is one of America’s largest manufacturers of mobile homes and prefabricated housing. They are looking at green architecture as it is a market that is opening up especially with rising costs of living many people are looking at smaller homes to either downsize or for their first homes. Although this home isn’t cheap at an estimated sale price of around $100,000 its design and concept is based round a more up market home buyer compared to the usual mobile home buyer. Giving something in between luxury home and mobile housing.
Its design offers a home that can be run on $1 per day due to energy efficent appliances as well as superior insulation and E rated windows this will no doubt be an expanding market in the forthcoming years due to rising costs of energy and large homes finding their prices collapse in the current market. The I-House is no doubt going to fit into many peoples ideas for the future as well as a very capable home.
A floating home which appears mainly from timber construction but offers an interesting design for a home on waterways. No doubt could be adapted if not already to utilize sustainable materials. The home was actually prefabricated and travelled from the contractors workshop from another location on the lake. Although the timber frame also makes this a lighter home for construction, I am sure that shipping containers could be used in the same way as the shape of the home could easily be adapted to shipping container usage for recycling containers at the same time if looking to do something similar. Here in the Philippines for example timber isn’t always practical due to cost as well as termites. Which is the main reason most construction here is done in concrete.
Most people think of prefab construction as being off-site pieces assembled on site – floating a whole house was quite a task but saved time, energy and money in the long run. It is a rare building that can be more cheaply built to float than to sit on land.
Half of the problem when talking to people about shipping container homes is getting them to literally think out of the box. Here we can see 4 container units sat side by side with partitioning sections being added. A standard roof and pretty much the home is starting to take shape and a lot quicker than traditional methods.
Now cladded over can you even recognise it as a shipping container home? The cladding isn’t glued either they have actually installed it with a “super therm” ceramic paint manufactured by Superior products Minnesota who claim it can be used as a paint, adhesive, insulator, fireproof barrier as well as an acoustic barrier. Also part of the claim is that its insulation properties are equal to that of a conventionally designed home.
This home has gone a bit overboard on the luxury design of a shipping container home on the fittings but has some interesting character and design. Its functionality and usage is all there but giving with the hot tub and a few other things may not be so obvious. Love the red kitchen layout but does seem to have too many seating areas with an external seating, small sitting room area with more chairs then next to that a dining table and chairs. I am sure there could be better use of the space. All in all though the design is nice,functional and built!
Channel 9 in Australia had its first airing of a show called “Top Design” which is a reality TV show based round interior design and architecture. They compete to be the no.1 designer to win the competition and in the first show they gave the contestants Shipping Containers to show case and develop their work with a fixed budget of AUD$25,000 and only 4 days to finish the projects. Interesting thing with this is that Shipping Container Homes is mainly dominated by Green minded people so great to see some people from a design profession showing some interesting designs and concepts that really do show what can be created from a Shipping Container Home.
Scroll down to see the end design results, to be honest I am pretty impressed with a few of them and others are a bit too unfinished for my taste.