Anyone else interested in building with shipping containers?
Our 15 year plan includes retirement and finding a couple acres to build our home with chickens, dogs and serious gardening
Ive started making sketches for a 3 container camp we can live in for a few years and then later Airbnb.
Has anyone done anything like this?
...but my spouse is decidedly not
Ive seen a lot of great example photos online, and thought wowee!
Wishing you success in this! -Drum
Have two set about 18 feet apart. level and on pads. Put a steel canopy roof on 5ft legs on top. Will cover those 5 ft walls, front and back with barn red pole barn steel siding and a sliding barn door on front. Very easy to do and way cheaper than a pole building 40X32 with 20 ft peak. Count count how many people stop to look and ask about it.
biggest problem they have encountered is water condensation in the winter. beware. this is in "dry" Arizona too. the dripping ruined at least one computer.
I'm going to get a couple of solar vent fans for mine to keep em dry.
Gives it two decks upstairs and the large covered patio downstairs
it's a great design. Gives one a lot to think about.
One thing that I'd never consider was the need for structural reinforcement, especially after adding doors and windows. Load bearing and even non-load bearing walls.
Grand Designs is a killer show. I'm addicted. There's one house built along the Thames that can float during a flood. People have converted all sorts of structures into houses -- cinemas, public buildings, castles. One guy even dug a cave! Think there are episodes on YouTube. I watch via Netflix.
Seems to me you could stick frame a 20x40 box for around the same money and not have to deal with all the drawbacks - insulation, condensation, roofing, space to run wires and plumbing.
Something like a raised post and beam with a crawl space - if you dont want the expense of a foundation.
For a few thousand dollars and it sits lightly on the land because they only need a small foundation pad at each corner.
My plan is for something rustic so I dont mind the look. I want spray the exteriors black and use cedar trim for windows, doors and a cornice across the front.