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Mon Feb 24, 2020, 11:52 AM

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

Iíve 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?

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Reply Anyone else interested in building with shipping containers? (Original post)
stopwastingmymoney Feb 2020 OP
Drum Feb 2020 #1
safeinOhio Feb 2020 #2
Kali Feb 2020 #4
safeinOhio Feb 2020 #6
Kali Feb 2020 #8
Kali Feb 2020 #3
safeinOhio Feb 2020 #7
Kali Feb 2020 #9
Auggie Feb 2020 #5
stopwastingmymoney Feb 2020 #10
stopwastingmymoney Feb 2020 #11
Auggie Feb 2020 #12
Drum Feb 2020 #15
Hassin Bin Sober Feb 2020 #13
stopwastingmymoney Feb 2020 #14

Response to stopwastingmymoney (Original post)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 11:58 AM

1. I've always been intrigued by it,

...but my spouse is decidedly not

Iíve seen a lot of great example photos online, and thought wowee!

Wishing you success in this! -Drum

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Response to stopwastingmymoney (Original post)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 12:43 PM

2. Building a dry storage building now.

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.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 12:55 PM

4. what did you pay for your containers?

delivery? did they set the containers on your pad?

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Response to Kali (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 05:45 PM

6. $2.500 each.

40 ft 8' 9" tall and 8ft wide, delivered

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 05:51 PM

8. way cheaper than a gorilla shed!

I'm really wanting to get one. or more.

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Response to stopwastingmymoney (Original post)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 12:50 PM

3. I have some friends that have.

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.

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Response to Kali (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 05:50 PM

7. Keep them off the ground as that seems to leach up.

I'm going to get a couple of solar vent fans for mine to keep em dry.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 05:53 PM

9. I think it was mainly from using a ventless gas heater

those things put off a LOT of water.

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Response to stopwastingmymoney (Original post)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 12:55 PM

5. Check out Grand Designs, Series 14 (4 of 10 shows): The Shipping Containers House

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Response to Auggie (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 12:23 PM

10. Really cool, thank you

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Response to Auggie (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 03:28 PM

11. I love how setting the modules in a cross like that


Gives it two decks upstairs and the large covered patio downstairs

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Response to stopwastingmymoney (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 05:13 PM

12. Yeah ...

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.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 09:42 PM

15. Thanks for this!

Really really cool project

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Response to stopwastingmymoney (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 08:42 PM

13. I don't get the attraction.

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 donít want the expense of a foundation.

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 11:25 AM

14. Actually it is cheaper. You get your entire external structure

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 donít mind the look. I want spray the exteriors black and use cedar trim for windows, doors and a cornice across the front.

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