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Flamin'Panda



Joined: 09 Feb 2014
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Location: Azores
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 6:58 am    Post subject: Shipping Container Homes  Reply with quote    

Whilst still living on the boat and dreaming of being land based, I started thinking about a recycled house... the ultimate, to my mind is the shipping container(s). Throughout the world they are used for many purposes. No longer are they considered a third world alternative, but are now a viable proposition.

I wont paste lots of links, just google shipping container homes to see what fantastic designs are out there.

Has anyone else here had experience of this, or have ideas or thoughts.

Of course we have to get this past the planning, but have a fantastic architect who manages to somehow get his quirky designs approved.

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
Posts: 1984
Location: VERY Sunny SW France
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A friend of mine lives on a narrow boat; his neighbour lives in a container facing the canal & covered at the back with earth, so from that side it looks like a big lump

Very cosy in Winter, by all accounts & cheap to run

Nice idea I think

Flamin'Panda



Joined: 09 Feb 2014
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Location: Azores
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Any problems with corrosion on the back end of the container with the earth?

Our thoughts now are to put a patio on the roof(s), of course welded railings etc... The views would be spectacular. What's on the top of his container?

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine (not a home) was very prone to condensation. Make sure your architect prepares for that.

mousjoos



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As far as I know, it has a membrane to prevent direct contact; as for condensation, I have no idea...it's almost certainly a bit "low tech" knowing what he's like

I've only ever seen photos

Flamin'Panda



Joined: 09 Feb 2014
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good point, thank you... All and any info is gratefully received... One day we will have a house on our land, let's see if it's a container... Till then we will continue to live in our rented stone shack... this has more condensation than anything I have ever known, I go outside in the rain to get dry!

Flamin'Panda



Joined: 09 Feb 2014
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mousjoos wrote:
A friend of mine lives on a narrow boat; his neighbour lives in a container facing the canal & covered at the back with earth, so from that side it looks like a big lump

Very cosy in Winter, by all accounts & cheap to run

Nice idea I think


Mousjoos, next time you are passing by your friend's narrow boat, should you happen to notice anything interesting about his neighbour's container I would love to know.

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Flamin'Panda wrote:
Good point, thank you... All and any info is gratefully received... One day we will have a house on our land, let's see if it's a container... Till then we will continue to live in our rented stone shack... this has more condensation than anything I have ever known, I go outside in the rain to get dry!


but I'm sure the views & the cheap wine make it all worth while

Flamin'Panda



Joined: 09 Feb 2014
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Location: Azores
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ah yes, the views and the cheap plonk! I forget how fortunate I am... It's still blooming damp though

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can get containers that have cladding and I would assume insulation between the cladding and the wall. The one I have seen seemed quite good. Funny I was having a sort of dream about a shipping container house early this morning-no idea why, as it isn't something I would ever really consider.

Flamin'Panda



Joined: 09 Feb 2014
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Location: Azores
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yup, internal cladding/insulation, thus allowing for any kind of wall coating.

I was (in one of my previous lives) a construction project manager, and never got as excited about a house as I am about the container home... but I have yet to start dreaming about them!

Flamin'Panda



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://inhabitat.com/six-oaks-is-a-modern-yet-rustic-shipping-container-home-in-california/

This is what we are aiming for, what do you think?

http://containerhomebooks.com/

Piggyphile



Joined: 02 Apr 2009
Posts: 891
Location: Galicia
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Interesting and a bit modern for my tastes but if you like modern then great.
My worries would be condensation as has already been said and longevity of the exterior, will it deteriorate in 20 or 30 years?
Will heat warp it and rain rust it? It would certainly be a great project and fun to design.

Flamin'Panda



Joined: 09 Feb 2014
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Location: Azores
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nope the heat wont warp it. But yes, lots to think about regarding the condensation. Designs don't have to be modern, there are some great ideas out there that are more traditional. It's just to my mind a fantastic use of something that is lying around, that has already used its carbon footprint, and is a challenge. As with any steel (boats for example), a good chipping hammer, wire brush and paint are the all that is needed to maintain. And to be honest, as long as they last 40 years... I will either be pushing up the daisies or too senile to care!

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 6619
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 14 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I know Emyr has been considering this...you could pm him as he has been a bit too busy to lurk here

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