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here in Los Angeles housing is expensivebut there’s an alternative which could save about thirty percent onconstruction cost shipping container homes CBS News Tuesday market shows usmore as the cost of living rises the way we live is changing people are living inmodular homes prefab homes and even shipping container homes. containers get allthe headlines countless shipping containers come into the ports of LA andLong Beach and many of them stay but some are being repurposed intoeverything from retail spaces to homes when Paula approached me about ashipping container home I thought this is insane

and then I met Peter and I stillthought it was insane. Matt and Paula dowd are using shipping containers to build twoshipping container homes in Redondo Beach one for them and one for Grandma. I can age in placeand my grandchildren will grow up here and I’ll be with my daughter and my soninlaw. they’re building with architect Peter DeMaria but it’s an idea thatstill stirs controversy. In this area you mostly find Mediterranean or craftsman style homes and you bringsomething like this to the city and they’re like, quot;yeah I don’t know?quot; it tookseveral trips to the City Council to get their property approved with multiplemodifications to the design and Matt had

the same concerns as the city. quot;my opinionwas oh my gosh it’s going to be boxy and corrugated but many homes built fromshipping containers look like this and this all of these homes were designed bythe architect very few people be able to tell wow that’s a shipping container home. containers are the thing that reallybreaks down the door and people say maybe I can do the little bit differently andI’m not going to sacrifice quality and I’m not going to sacrifice on the size ofthe house and all of it translates into doing it less expensively. most containerscan be covered with any surface like

wood stucco or vinyl siding and it’saffordable while maintaining quality in general they’re around 30 percent less thantraditional construction a great value but the quality of construction is aheavy gauge steel that that blows away wood frame house acomforting thought in quakeprone Southern California and by upcyclingmetal containers it’s one of the greenest options available so thecontainers become a means to an end we’re changing the way we think about building and we’re saving the planet. we’re taking material andupcycling it as opposed to cutting down

five or six acres of forest every timewe put up a new wood frame house. DeMaria says there’s a revolution tochange how we live and the Dowd’s are early adopters and I think this is how agreat progress is made really this happen overnight and the fact that we’rebuilding shipping container homes makes it less expensive so that we can actually buildtwo homes and be able to have three generations on one piece of propertywhere I can run to the store and take care of her and I mean it’s gonna begreat. Marquez CBS two news.

Young Entrepreneur Living OffGrid in a SelfBuilt Shipping Container Home

Twoandahalf years ago I decided tomove out of the city and build myself a shipping container cabin. I drew itup on the computer first and then once I saw this site it just came together reallyquickly. The cabin is made of three standard20foot shipping containers. I’ve done some modifications to them so you can walk through all three containers. This is my washroom. I had a roughed in toilet that I never used. I used the outhouse instead. This was my bedroom. Living room, kitchen, and then I guess second living room. This is where I primarily spent all my time. Either infront of the fire during winter or most

likely outside enjoying the sun in the summertime. All of these doors arestandard issue shipping container doors. They’re actually sealed when they’re locked and I initially designedthe cabin around containers on the premise that once the doors are sealedand locked you can walk away for several weeks at a time. If you go traveling you can close up your house and you don’t have to worry about it it’s just my utilityroom basically it was a a propane fired hot water tank that that the infloorradiant heat system and also provided pod domestic water there’s 17.4 millioncontainers in the world and

threequarters of them are sitting emptyand so they’re readily available and they’re relatively inexpensive and alsothey provide a great deal of structural properties the largest challenge was toinsulate the cabin I was hoping to stay here for fourseasons I came up with insulating the interior walls with spray foam and thenthe openings where the steel doors are insulated with bats i was able to get anrvalue about r22 for all the walls and which makes surviving the winter more iguess more enjoyable water sources were an issue my neighbors were kind enoughto let me fill up my water tote so i

would either drive my tractor over andpick up the water or make arrangements and travel into the closest countingfill up my water so I truck all my water in the energy side i designed a twokilowatt solar system I use the outhouse as my primary washer after watching manypeople before me make tiny houses I I really like the idea of downsizing andsimplifying your life by moving to a smaller space it forced me to selectwhat mattered in my life I grew up around offgrid systems my grandfatherbuilt his first hydro site one in the forties to power his house and hisbusiness and my father did the same and

i wanted to do something similar so Iguess it’s been in my family for three generations so it felt natural I enjoyed simple wellthoughtout thingsand this incorporates a lot of my interests into just a smaller spot ifeel that being responsible and sustainable goes handinhand withwelldesigned systems my passion is design and being having a holisticlifestyle is also passion of mine and they just they marry very well I justgraduated from school so I am starting my own business in the solar renewableenergy field trying to I guess empower

people to to do similar things that I’vebeen doing I lived in the house for twoandahalfyears fulltime the cabin is 355 square feet most people would consider that smallertiny to be honest i didn’t spend that much time inside the cabin where Iprepared ate food and slept and then read most evenings but when i was home iI’d be outside where I prefer to be in nature living here by myself fortwoandahalf years was just just me and my dog

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