One of the problems with building codes in regards to shipping container homes is that there are specific “minimum” room sizes for many things. But like everything there is always a way round it although hoping more and more local government and planning officers start to recognise the viability of shipping container homes.
The “all-season suite,” is a great example of a shipping container home ideal to literally move straight into. They aren’t exactly cheap at $32,500 fully furnished but often people overlook the savings of minimal living with the fact your only heating and cooling a small floor area of 37 square meters of property, which long term means lower running costs.
Originally I was looking to donate an entire suite but think its better to maintain control of the computers and building to create a community centre where people can come and learn new skills. The local schools could also book time to use it so instead of one school having all the computers all schools gain access to the computers. On the evenings offering local lessons on Excel,word and teaching people how to blog as well as basic computer use are all things the Computer suite can be used for.
When I looked at this video for Haiti I could see the viability of this project working as the shipping container as well as being mobile is very secure. Building a 20ft shipping container computer suite with 10 PCs would greatly enhance the communities education. This is why I am asking for the basic $4,000 although bearing in mind this also covers the cost of computers as well as the shipping container. I am sure the skills learned by the current and next generations via the suite will open up possibilities they may have never had otherwise.
I am looking to locate the first suite in Minglanilla,Cebu,Philippines and seeing how it progresses over time and how it will be utilised by the local people. Hoping that the skills developed over time will help lift people out of poverty but also that the first suite will show where peoples true interests lie in learning to help them get the most from it.
Cutting out openings allowed large windows to be installed as well as putting the shipping container into a T formation. The fact that the insulation already existed in the container as well as the interior of the container being “food grade” meant that it didn’t need as much work as a basic container and those paranoid about toxic paints its unlikely to have any ill affects due to its previous type of use.
The architects may have had doubts about the viability of shipping containers for this use previously but as you can see in the video themselves they are more than happy with the result.
The viability of shipping container homes is something that I am constantly finding an uphill battle with as many people dismiss the idea as unrealistic. I think tied with the peak oil issues and population explosion of the planet although people want the big spaces they are used to with all the gadgets I think its more realistic to see people downsizing in future years as the cost of living increases. Its good to see though this snippet in mainstream TV showing that shipping containers aren’t only viable but also already here.
This video runs you through how to convert a shipping container into an office. Watching it you will see a lot of the solutions are very obvious as well as cheap on materials. The important thing to remember its also the fact people don’t think its this easy to do which puts people off. In the near future we will be looking to develop selling these type of units where you can either have one built or literally “buy” and take it with you. This week I am finally going to have enough time to run through a lot of designs I have worked out and start posting them online.
This blog came about due to looking to build our home here in the Philippines as well as looking into the viability of shipping container homes for low cost housing. Currently the low cost housing is looking more likely to go with modular kits due to the logistic issues of shipping containers and the purchase price of used containers in the Philippines. This sort of slows our projects currently down to a snails pace as we start to look for land capable of dropping container units onto as generally for the budget we have the land is very uneven and access difficult by road.
But this also gives a platform for people to send in their own projects and designs to share them with everybody else if your interested. Building the blog site as more of a community rather than a single writer is important to showing other alternatives and ideas of shipping container home developments and we want you to be part of it.
Computer Aid International has installed this solar-powered Internet cafe in Zambia and Kenya. The shipping container internet cafe is housed inside a 20ft shipping container and these units will be distributed to schools right across Zambia and Kenya.
First thing I want to say is that often people question the viability of solar panels for energy at the same time people often forget when thinking about it for themselves they are on grid and in built up areas. What about remote areas that many lack any power for miles or if they do can offer be on and off due to poor reliability.