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Sat Aug 7, 2021, 02:19 PM

Off-Grid Living in a 5x 20ft Shipping Container Home

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Reply Off-Grid Living in a 5x 20ft Shipping Container Home (Original post)
demmiblue Aug 7 OP
Hugh_Lebowski Aug 7 #1
2naSalit Aug 7 #2
dutch777 Aug 7 #3
Kaleva Aug 7 #5
multigraincracker Aug 7 #4

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat Aug 7, 2021, 02:40 PM

1. Amazing. And she seems really cool :) nt

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat Aug 7, 2021, 02:56 PM

2. Thanks for posting this...

I have been looking at what I will do in the next year as I have to make a decision in that time. I have been looking at land and houses and alternatives should I buy land w/o a structure. A friend of mine has been thinking about these containers and has been staying in one off and on this past year. I was looking at yurts this morning. This is a vid I am interested in watching!



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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat Aug 7, 2021, 03:11 PM

3. Be careful with the concept

It has a great steampunk look and seems like cheap and earth friendly recycling but containers are not engineered to be living space. And they cannot be stacked willy nilly without major added structure as their only internal structure against vertical load is at the corner posts. All those holes cut in for doors and windows need significant structural reinforcing to keep the shell stable. You still need to insulate for most climates and building codes which if done inside eats up already tight width of the interior space. If they are used they will likely need careful waterproofing. And you still need power, water and so on. Plenty of in depth videos of the construction details and pros/cons also on YouTube I would recommend you watch if considering this technology.

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Response to dutch777 (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 7, 2021, 05:58 PM

5. Some buried containers with disappointing results.

Thinking they'd make inexpensive shelters, they dug a hole, lowered in a container and buried it except for the access hatch.

They leaked and caved in.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat Aug 7, 2021, 04:38 PM

4. Almost done with my 2 forty footers made into

a storage/barn. Put them 18 apart with a roof that start five feet above them. Just need to inclose the ends now. Don't think I would like to live in them, but great for storage and a shop.

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