An interesting video showing how to utilize shipping containers for classrooms and homes in Haiti. The other important thing here is the strong structure of the shipping container units which if it had been used more prior to the disasters in Haiti no doubt more lives would have been saved. Many lives and houses have been lost due to poor construction and going down the shipping container route does mean for a lot of the safety of the home or school in hurricanes or earthquakes your reliance on a poor builder isn’t needed. The building itself as a shipping container had far excelled anything that the local building codes would find acceptable and a building that will be able to ride out the storm.
Hope more of these types of structures are being utilized in Haiti to help things get back to normal.
Its always interesting to see a shipping container home completed. But even more interesting is the construction and the speed that the modules drop into place. Designed by architects Claire Helene Drouin and Jean Marie Sanchez this French home had most of its cutting work done prior to dropping things in. Obviously if you have the space doing it all on the deck rather than having the issue of sheet metal at heights being cutaway makes a huge difference on construction time as well.
The DIY market on container houses is also booming, crazy to think wasn’t long ago people would think you were mad for even talking about living in a shipping container. Yet here we are today finding in some areas a shortage of shipping containers for construction projects, also mixed with reduced imports at the same time they are catching on in a big way. Even homes are starting to emerge for sale which is on the good side if you don’t actually want to go through the hassles of construction.For a DIY self added touch to your container house design your own flower arrangements.
Add to that the emergence of DIY home builders not only constructing but doing the planning phases themselves its obviously a good cost cutting exercise as well as the modular building block shipping containers make it easier for the beginner to understand. Its designed for its strength and to much higher specifications than the average home.