LocostUSA.com

Learning how to build Lotus Seven replicas...together!
It is currently September 25, 2018, 7:36 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 11 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: March 21, 2017, 12:03 pm 
Offline

Joined: July 24, 2008, 9:18 pm
Posts: 227
So I've been planning on building my own container home for a while. I'm now setting up to actually do this. I am designing it using SolidWorks and should be a lengthy design process.

So, as I research and learn more about this, i'm wondering if anyone here has done this.

also, I haven't been able to find an actual forum to join and gain information from. as well as share my design and build. this forum has been incredibly helpful, i could only hope that their is a forum based around container home building giving its rising popularity. Anyone know one?

_________________
Plans: Single Rotor turbo sub 1000lb machine!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: March 21, 2017, 7:30 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: January 2, 2009, 1:45 pm
Posts: 1175
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Do a good search: here is one link that contains others ( http://www.greenhomebuilding.com/articl ... ainers.htm ) that I found with a cursory search.

_________________
Warren
Isuzu Pickup/SR20DE, +401 COLD frame
Build Log: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=11601


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: March 21, 2017, 10:04 pm 
Offline
Always Moore!
User avatar

Joined: November 9, 2007, 3:40 pm
Posts: 3937
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Never done one but container homes are awesome. I saw one that had two sides of the house made from four containers (two wide by two high) and they ran some steel trusses across the towers. The downstairs containers were a kitchen, bar, bathroom, and dining room IIRC and there was a cat walk going from one side to the other for the bedrooms upstairs. The middle was a wide open space. Made me wonder if with a little creativity you couldn't turn the middle into a massive workshop area and have living quarters on the sides or something.

_________________
-Andrew
Build Log
Youtube


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: March 21, 2017, 10:08 pm 
Offline

Joined: March 6, 2017, 2:10 am
Posts: 11
These container built homes look awesome!! so futuristic and ECO at the same time!!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: March 21, 2017, 11:29 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: October 24, 2008, 2:13 pm
Posts: 3608
Location: Carlsbad, California, USA
This has been an area of active and practical development for perhaps 15 years. Do a detailed Internet search and you will find much information detailing everything from 1-container cabins to small communities built of container homes.

What part of the world are you in? If you're serious, you'll want to find out about local building codes and housing regulations in your area. You'll have to abide by building codes if you want a legal one. If you're going off-grid in the backwoods, that might be another matter.

Good luck,

_________________
Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

Build Log: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=5886


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: March 28, 2017, 12:56 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: December 4, 2011, 6:19 pm
Posts: 705
This is just my personal opinion and I've never built, lived in or been involved with a container-home but I wouldn't even consider modifying a container into a home unless you're obsessed with the quirkiness of it or you have no other choice.

It may seem attractive to plunk down an 8' x 8' x 40' box for a few thousand dollars but that's where the savings would stop and the frustration would begin. Every aspect of finishing the inside of that box (those boxes) to make them habitable and comfortable is going to be expensive and a pain in the ass. Insulation, interior walls (assuming you don't want corrugated spray foamed walls that look like the inside of a cave), windows and door installation, electrical, plumbing and HVAC are all going to be a challenge and more expensive than finishing a traditional stick-built structure. In addition, without a lot of extra cost and effort your house is going to look like a small freight yard and where will you ever find a buyer if you want to move?

I base my opinion on having erected a 20' x 30' corrugated steel garage at my cottage two summers ago. It is one of the Future Steel/Pioneer Steel panel buildings. While it was time consuming to erect I was initially pleased with the final result until I went to insulate, wire it and add in some vets and windows I blew all of the "savings" of buying a steel shell. Traditional insulation won't work unless you frame the walls which means building a structure inside your structure doubling your cost and reducing floor space so spray foam is required at almost 10x the cost of fiberglas batts on sale at Lowes. No studs to run wiring (or plumbing in the container house) through so it all had to be piped more than tripling the cost. Every time I cut an opening into the shell I have to acknowledge that I'm weakening the structure and there is no easy way to reinforce openings like you can on a stick build. I'm happy to have the garage in place now but if I had to do it again or start over I would do a traditional build as it would turn out to be the same cost and much easier to finish the interior.

Again, just my opinion YMMV.

Bill

_________________
Bill H
Winnipeg, MB, Canada


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: March 28, 2017, 2:25 pm 
Offline

Joined: February 8, 2014, 10:47 pm
Posts: 492
Location: Cornholio OR "Where the magic happens"
I agree with BHR.

The only way I would consider this type of building would be way off-grid and in a temperate climate and or dug in at least partially.
Not sure how long they will last buried or partially buried

Also only as temporary housing while I built a permanent residence or for seasonal use.

and finally only if the containers were free or dang close.

The only real advantage I see is you could pre-build them in a convenient location or easily relocate a built unit.

I'd rather build with logs.... I'd like to buy a woodmeiser or a timberking

_________________
I don't know who I am, when I am somebody else.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: July 12, 2018, 4:22 pm 
Offline

Joined: May 29, 2018, 8:43 am
Posts: 159
Location: That point where the humidity and the temperature combine forces to destroy all that is good
City of North Charleston subsidized a couple of these for hurricane-resistance testing. Aaaaaaand... we haven't had a major hurricane since they were built. Anyway, they're pretty normal looking from the outside. Supposedly heavily bolted to a poured concrete footing, they're supposed to resist a Cat 5 'cane. My own stick-n-bricks house has been standing since 1962, and only lost it's roof during Hugo from what I understand (I wasn't living here, then). Anyway, if a storm takes it, the insurance will replace it. 'Nuff said.

_________________
Who knew so much time involved in building a car is spent simply staring at the pile of parts you've accumulated?


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: July 12, 2018, 11:27 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: November 11, 2013, 4:47 am
Posts: 922
Location: No. Nevada
As long as you are looking at alternative house builds you may as well look at Tire Wall, Straw Bale, Compacted Earth and Ferro-cement too.
There is also a foam block system that is very flexible and quick, but not cheap.
Each has it's advantages.
Personally I always wanted a home mostly dug into a hillside, or cut from a solid rock outcrop, but never got to do it.

_________________
If I must be a one-man PC free zone, so be it!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: July 13, 2018, 9:12 am 
Offline

Joined: May 29, 2018, 8:43 am
Posts: 159
Location: That point where the humidity and the temperature combine forces to destroy all that is good
That straw bale method is a wonder. It's thermally efficient, almost insect-proof, and nearly fire-proof as well (except for roof trusses and roofing material, and those could be made fire-resistant). The closest thing in thermal efficiency would be a soddie!

_________________
Who knew so much time involved in building a car is spent simply staring at the pile of parts you've accumulated?


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: July 14, 2018, 9:25 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: December 17, 2010, 1:24 pm
Posts: 1322
Location: Gainesville, Mo.
Raccoonman wrote:
City of North Charleston subsidized a couple of these for hurricane-resistance testing. Aaaaaaand... we haven't had a major hurricane since they were built.


WOW!!! With results like that, I'm surprised the city hasn't made their construction mandatory! Imagine... build a couple of container homes, and the hurricanes stay away. Who'da thunk it possible? :lol: :lol: :lol:

_________________
Mike - Read my story at http://twinlakesseven.blogspot.com/


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 11 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
POWERED_BY