Its something we talk about a lot here at home about “getting one” but this week its been a case of we needed one! The cut was right down to the bone and without compression on the wound blood poured out of it. A simple mistake as someone had left some glass blades outside my office door which I tripped over leaving the room and swiftly found a deep cut and needing 4 stitches to put it all back together again.
The important thing here though is we are near the hospital and we did have stuff readily available, many shipping container home developments though are off-grid and in locations if working alone you may struggle to get back from. Adapting a first aid kit as well as getting in the habit of contacting people every hour if lone working is important for your own safety especially when doing construction work on your shipping container home. Commercially many of the lone working rules actually forbid the ability to do some of the stuff we do as private individuals if you were doing it for a company. So as you can see its pretty serious stuff and well worth preparing yourself for any emergencies.
Although having a background in modular construction the shipping container as a home was something new even though its initial outer frame is an initial building block I had used before but in a new system involving slotted walls and brand new containers. But this end of the market isn’t viable in many cases for building as many people are looking for a budget solution as well as a green one, starting from scratch simply doesn’t fit into that specifications. This is why it was all new as I had to take onboard the issues of using recycled containers as well as the capabilities within they’re design.
What I would say though is reading through this blog its full of home examples and many are private individuals happy to share information with you. Its worth spending a couple of days going through the different designs to see what fits in with your taste and needs but also there is information regarding the construction methods used in shipping containers as well as long-term maintenance solutions that are being integrated with the blog. We will shortly be starting to add designs and ideas into the blog as well from designs I have personally worked on.
On top of this its worth doing what I initially did which was spending hours online looking at different companies that manufacture as often they give planned layouts of projects they sell. Not always ideal for everyone’s needs but the ideas and layouts are good frameworks to start from and look at when deciding what you want and where you want things positioned in a shipping container home. I have also added several useful resources below with ready made shipping container home plans :-
- quik-build.com – This link will open you up straight into the .PDF with drawings for the home design.
- demariadesign.com – Link will take you to they’re project page based in California they can provide plans as necessary.
Another interesting place I haven’t mentioned before is spending time on YouTube as its a strong source of shipping container home examples but also worth going through Google Sketch up as you can find some designs to use as building blocks.