Saturday, March 20, 2010

Shipping Container Housing


These shipping container houses are SOOOO cool.



Then again, these look like they are in very expensive locations, and I suppose you can spend as much on fixtures and accoutrements with these as you would with any conventional house. Still, they really appeal to my inner loft-dweller. I love the living spaces which open to the outdoors. Then again, these must be located in places with no skeeters.

10 comments:

BUFF_dragon said...

they are just as, if not more expensive than regular housing.... you still have to insulate, put internal walls, and figure out how to plumb them....
I designed and priced one out while I was in school as a project... really surprised me just how much money they costed

Roscoe said...

Believe it or not, every day, I drive past a container house going up in a very bad part of town here in Tampa. I believe the appeal is that the containers will withstand hurricane-force winds.

I don't know if the house is some kind of stimulus-related demonstration project or someone's private home. Our RINO Governor got a huge check from Obama last year in exchange for a on-camera hug he now regrets.

falnfenix said...

http://www.dwell.com/homes/

just TRY not to get sucked in.

Robert the Skeptic said...

Falnfenix: too late, I got sucked in. I LOVE Mid-Century modern design. I grew up in an Eichler-style home in the 1950's and would love to have one today. There is a blog about mid-century moderns (called Atomic Ranches today)
http://modernesia.blogspot.com/

Rabbit said...

We've been giving these a few brain-spin cycles for the last 10 years or so. When we bail out of City to Sticks, we've got some ideas for implementation, and interestingly, they also involve the spray-foam insulation you posted the other day.

Here's another resource.

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/009454.html#009454

Regards,
Rabbit.

Old NFO said...

And if you get a good one, it'll stop anything up to a .308 round... but the 'are' just a hair warm in the summer...

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falnfenix said...

Robert the Skeptic - now you understand my addiction to this site. i rarely splurge on myself, but subscribing to the magazine is my guilty pleasure.

DirtCrashr said...

I'd love to do a stage-set with them, but...only the lightweight aluminum ones from the 70's.
We have two steel 8'x20' containers at my shooting club that we use for locked storage of targets and admin stuff. I guess if you have an arc-welder and a cutting torch you can kinda have your way with them - and a grinder to smooth the rough edges, but not nearly as quickly as with wood.
They are heavy-heavy sumbitches so you'd better have a pretty big crane to lift them, and they're bitter cold in the winter and a furnace in summer.

Shipping Container Houses said...

Firstly I wanted to introduce myself, I am perhaps the biggest fan of Shipping Container Construction in the World.

I am also a general contractor with several years of working in ISBU based construction and today I teach people to build with ISBU's so I have NOTHING against using shipping containers for fast, affordable construction.

But there is still a ton of bad information about container homes on the market - one of your readers above said they will stop a bullet !

The side of a standard 40 ( or 20 ft ) container is 1.6mm steel - its NOT bullet proof !

As far as insulation goes I have made a 30 minute video explaining the counter point to this thread - The video is here.

http://www.containerhome.info


If the video does nothing but serve to add information to the discussion providing more information for readers and giving them the chance to weigh both sides of the discussion - I would be very happy with that.

Thank you for your consideration.

Victor