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You Can Turn A $2000 Shipping Container Into An Epic Off-Grid Home
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04-07-2015, 12:27 AM #16
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Bet I could mount one on 12" short piers finish out the interior/exterior and have a small deck for 50K. I maintain rentals for a living.

In the backwoods where I live, I can buy containers from a city 30 miles away.
04-07-2015, 12:35 AM #17
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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As a storage unit or even an off the grid shelter, those would be awesome, but the concept of turning one (or several) into a home is quite impractical. But it's an effective marketing strategy.
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04-07-2015, 01:53 AM #18
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(04-07-2015, 12:35 AM)Shadow Wrote:  As a storage unit or even an off the grid shelter, those would be awesome, but the concept of turning one (or several) into a home is quite impractical. But it's an effective marketing strategy.


The only real problem to this concept is getting plans drawn up that the scumbags in planning will accept. So far, I have not found any standard-type plans for sale. That means using an expensive GD architect.

This is not an impractical concept. Not by a longshot.
04-07-2015, 02:04 AM #19
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Easier and cheaper to build with wood in the US, but that's not the case everywhere. It's a lot cheaper to buy one and finish it that it is to buy an RV and park in somewhere. There's tax advantages in some places as well, as a shipping container is not considered a house, so if you have a lot to put it on, and as long as you're out in the boonies, there you go.

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04-07-2015, 02:05 AM #20
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Sure it is. You can build a 2x4 30' frame for half the cost and no shipping fees. You still have all the same expense of making it liveable. They make it seem like you can buy a lovely habitable container for $2k. Not so, all you get is a steel box. What I resent is the implication that living in a shipping crate is good enough for the plebes. Sorry, but that's what I see.
04-07-2015, 02:13 AM #21
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I see your point, kInda' has the same flavor of when they tell us we're going to have to start eating insects due to global warming.
They do that about every other year.

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04-07-2015, 02:21 AM #22
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(04-07-2015, 02:13 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  I see your point, kInda' has the same flavor of when they tell us we get to eat insects due to global warming.
They do that about every other year.

Fixed that for yah lol. Yay, aren't we lucky?
04-07-2015, 02:34 AM #23
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lol.gif A change in attitude makes it rewarding.

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04-08-2015, 08:16 PM #24
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(04-07-2015, 02:05 AM)Shadow Wrote:  What I resent is the implication that living in a shipping crate is good enough for the plebes. Sorry, but that's what I see.


Having lived in a van at one time, I would have no problem living rough in one of these boxes and finishing it as time and money allowed. No mortgage, no plumbing, no power, no problem.

The only real problem with self-building anything is the damn government's insistence to interfere at every step.
04-08-2015, 09:16 PM #25
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Not a bad price for Termite proof box. Land shipping renovation cost would be to much for me. I would rather be more mobile RV, trailer, bus, van etc
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04-08-2015, 10:33 PM #26
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I used to drive truck and load these things for a furniture moving company. In mid summer the inside temps hit 150+ F. Candles would melt if they were packed inside, and I've seen aerosol cans explode inside packed boxes. The closer you get to the top of the container the hotter it gets. And its just the opposite effect in Winter.

Great idea but for Off grid without A/C I don't think so.

Just saying.
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04-08-2015, 10:57 PM #27
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(04-08-2015, 10:33 PM)Not Gumby Wrote:  I used to drive truck and load these things for a furniture moving company. In mid summer the inside temps hit 150+ F. Candles would melt if they were packed inside, and I've seen aerosol cans explode inside packed boxes. The closer you get to the top of the container the hotter it gets. And its just the opposite effect in Winter.

Great idea but for Off grid without A/C I don't think so.

Just saying.


You'd definitely have to have a heat shedding mechanism. Perhaps a Galvalume metal roof over.

A group in central Florida was making houses from these and I think they used some spray-on coating for insulation.
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04-08-2015, 11:05 PM #28
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Could getting rid of the heat be as easy as white paint? I wonder what temps they are getting?

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Drumroll please! Welcome the $8,000 Shipping Container Home!!!
1 Nov

While out scouring the web for prawn… um… er… news, I came across this little gem…

It seems that the idea of using Shipping Containers as housing is picking up steam!

Rather than recap an already good journalistic piece, I’ll just butt in from time to time, okay? Hot off the AP Wire:

CORRALES, New Mexico (AP) — It was a side trip through a destitute, ramshackle neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, that detoured Brian McCarthy from building houses in Albuquerque to an idea to offer the very poor a chance to own a home.

His answer lies in a humble steel shipping container 40 feet long, 8 feet wide and 8½ feet tall.

See, it ain’t just moi!

McCarthy, 30, and three partners, Pablo Nava, 22; Kyle Annen, 23; and Mackenzie Bishop, 22, have made a prototype out of a standard shipping container that hauls goods worldwide — a 320-square-foot home with a kitchen, bath with toilet, sleeping areas, windows and a bright blue door. The exterior is painted with a white epoxy coating that has light-reflecting properties to prevent the sun’s heat from penetrating.

Jeez… They’re just kids! How come you have to be a kid to follow thru on such a great idea? Huh?

Each small house includes hookups for air conditioning, ventilation, electrical and water systems, and the units ideally could be set up in small communities to make accessing utilities more efficient.

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04-09-2015, 04:13 AM #29
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