I came across a slideshow earlier today that shows how easy shipping container housing construction can be if its well thought out and the preparation is done properly in advance so wanted to share it with you.
After all the planning is done the next important thing is marking out where the shipping containers are going to go but also to make sure all the levels are correct for the bases so that there are no problems later. As you can see here the outline has been set and height and length are being checked on the drop to make sure the containers will end up where they should do.
Ground is then set with the bases which have been formed in concrete to allow the shipping containers to sit on top of them. Due to the robust design and nature of shipping containers they don’t need as much bracing and supports as you may suspect.
Grounds all sorted next step is making sure the shipping containers are of good quality and no twisting or bad rusting or dents. There is another post on this blog regarding inspecting shipping containers so won’t discuss it in great detail.
Any repairs that needed doing such as grinding out surface rust and cutting the openings that are needed are better off done at the depot where there is likely a team already on site that can do it quickly and cost affectively due to having the tools at hand and experience in dealing with shipping containers.
Still on site another feature of a container depot is they often have refurbishments which means they also have spray booths big enough to take shipping containers. Spraying these giant beasts out in the open air isn’t advisable if you can help it to get a good finish. Here we see they have been sprayed on site and being prepared for loading and moving to their destination.
Construction of the prefabrication done and an assessment of the location and roads have made sure that the roads are not only accessible by heavy plant equipment but also trucks to deliver the shipping containers.
Base shipping container is dropped into place and aligned with the concrete base. There may also be metal bars set of some description to help lock the shipping container to the concrete or to be welded later.
Lifting equipment is expensive and advisable that you prep as much stuff for them as possible as an easy life for them if they are working per day or per hour basis is worthwhile as stuff that could have been done for them in advance may slow them down to the point an extra day is needed even if its minor work. Shipping container two is lifted into place and carefully aligned and put into position.
Third shipping container needs complete turn to be the right way round to drop into position. Always worth trying to work out things like which way trucks need to be unloaded and if you do have limited space for things like turning that before they are loaded they are the “right way round!”. That is a something that can waste time if the plant has to move off site if you have limited space to turn the container round on a truck bed then drive all the way back. Not a problem in this case but have had more complex problems in the past on construction projects. Third shipping container is in place and now its starting to look more like a home.
With the crane still on site try and get them to do as much as possible as your paying! In this case getting the roof trusses up onto the top of the shipping containers will save the builders hours of lifting manually by being able to stack the trusses up on the roof with one single lift bringing them all up.
With the crane getting things up early means that the workers can lay out and get the trusses up in quick time. Surprising how fast you can do it all with the right equipment. Prefabricating the trusses off site is also worthwhile as they need to be made all identical and with this size not something your likely to knock up in your back garden.
Once the trusses are in place and the shipping container fixed you can add hangers to help secure them as you can see here in the central area.
Welding all the corners to fix the shipping container in position is the next job and whilst the welder gets on with that others can start fitting out the windows etc.
Extra steel being added to the central area to create a new floor section.
All the welding done its starting to take shape well as a home and you can start to get an idea of how everything is going to look when finished.
Time for the roof to go on and its a time consuming job but generally as long as you get the other parts of the project level and in the right place it makes these jobs faster. Its why people will always complain if a base of a project is wrong because it creates a problem for every single job that follows after.
The main construction finished its all down to the finishing work and glazing. Won’t be an overnight completion but now you can work under the roof allowing work in all weathers, all hours and a secure place to keep equipment while you finish the home.
Have to admit I am quite taken with the home, the design is simple and due to the majority of the measurements being fixed in the shipping container units themselves it does mean its less likely a construction project building a shipping container home is likely to have problems. All measurements are fixed dimensions and as long as you make sure the bases are right the rest of the construction will be pretty straight forward as you can see.
Source :- SteelArt.com