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. This is my utilityroom basically it was a a propane fired hot water tank that fed the infloorradiant heat system and also provided hot 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 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 town andfill up my water so I trucked all my water in. For the energy side I designed a twokilowatt solar system. I use the outhouse as my primary washroom. After watching manypeople before me make tiny houses I I really liked 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 in the 40s 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 just felt natural. I enjoy 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 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 and most people would consider that small ortiny. To be honest I didn’t spend that much time inside the cabin. It’s where Iprepared and ate food, and slept, and then read most evenings but when I was homeI’d be outside where I prefer to be, in nature. Living here by myself fortwoandahalf years with just me and my dog.
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it’s just like Lego but for grown ups well this is the first piece, these guys are pros they know exactly what they’re doing. Well you’re here taking pictures today Oh gosh ya, why not. How a new way of building is letting owners see their dream home go up in just one day. Hanging out across the street seeing how good of a peak we can get at the construction process.
These houses are great because their energy efficient andflood resistent Seana Hunt with a new way to build a homethat will see it completed in one day. what are you doing here today? we just got invited over to participatein there watching party for the new build. Watching party? I know. Pretty Much. I guess the house here is barbecuing foreverybody in the neighborhood and it’s a it’s a nice group process. I was gonna say it is like a little street party. Exactly, yeah.
The trucks rolled in and the neighbors started gathering. Yourout here taking pictures today. Oh god ya I will, I’ll take every form as it goes up. Why Not? Here is the master bathroom and theensuite closets which will go inside and you can see them all finished Ryan Lee is the architect who designedthis prefab home So all these pieces are just gonna bestacked. Was all stacked and go together
this house was built in the factory wasdivided into eight pieces and then brought here on flatbed trucks I’m standing right nowin the third floor master bedroom this house is about to be stackedtogether like big Lego blocks so what’s about to happen right now wellthis is the first piece which is the living room which goes at the far backof the house so they have to lift that off first. They have to just lift it up gently of the truck and slide it forward so that it clears the wires before they canlift it straight up.
Does that make you nervous clearing the wires? No, these guys are pros they know exactly what they’re doing And like a jigsaw puzzle these blocksfit right into place because this is exactly the same asbuilding conventionally Except that obviously your relocationtime is way less for weeks preparing into oneday to assemble it That’s right, one day to assemble it and so far neighbors have no complaints I’ve gone through a lot of building in my neighborhood
and it’s been insane for the last coupleyears so this i think is a lot easier on your neighbors it’s a bit more peaceful to fullyassemble this house it will take just 8 hours but it still needs to be hookedup so over the next two weeks plumbers and electricians will be in andout and then it’s moving day In the Beach, Seana Hunt City News. Check out RoyalHomes.Com for More Information