DIY Shipping Container Home Built For Less Than $10,000
Welcome to our 2nd shipping container home interview of 2017.
As always, in these interviews we communicate with shipping container home developers to help you.
We communicate with them approximately what worked and what didn’t paintings and the way you may analyze from their errors so you can construct the excellent shipping container home possible.
Just in case you neglected our previous interview with ryan naylor, you may see it right here.
In this episode we speak with stephan busley from australia who managed to build his shipping container home for much less than 10,000!
We communicate with stephan about key shipping container home subjects consisting of: foundations, insulation cloth and technique, construct value and subsequently, if he would endorse container home production.
If you’ve neglected any of our previous interviews, you could get right of entry to them right here.
Tom: how did you get the idea of building your own home with shipping containers?
Stephan: we had been looking at the maximum price powerful way to live on our own family’s newly bought block of land so that we may want to stop renting and very own our very own place. We started off living in a caravan and at the start checked out package homes, after which sheds and converting them into stay-capable dwellings. But, the greater we looked into that form of component the more beaten we became at the fees associated with no longer handiest shopping for the package home/shed to begin with however to have it constructed. Simple google searches for cheap ways to build quickly positioned us at the right song to the usage of shipping packing containers and we have become very enthusiastic about the concept after seeing first-rate methods a few people had put them collectively to create a cheap and particular homes.
Tom: why did you make a decision to construct your property out of shipping packing containers?
Stephan: the moment we found out we may want to get a 12×3 meter robust creation that became essentially the steel foundations of a home (ground/partitions and roof) for underneath 5k became while we decided it turned into the way to head. Being accessible and experienced within the creation enterprise i realized it become something i ought to fit out and convert myself with out getting developers in to do it. The truth it was eco-friendly and an superb manner of recycling something that had already been manufactured perfect our way of wondering and our way of life.
Tom: how long did the home take to build?
Stephan: approx 6-9 months running on it each weekend. I could possibly have finished it in 1 and half of months working approximately eight hours a day. We preserve to add to it and continuously improve it all of the time.
Tom: roughly how lots did it fee to build- are you able to give us a excessive-level breakdown right here?
Stephan: total value comes in below 10k. This includes: steel posts inside the floor, concrete, the container, kitchen and fibro/paint etc.
The off grid solar that powers the residence and additionally another house on our block of land became an additional expense at $35k. This includes 24 panels, 24 batteries, inverters and a 20 foot shipping container to residence the batteries.
Tom: are you able to communicate about the system of building your house- what had been a number of the highlights of the technique?
Stephan: it changed into essential for us to assume first about the dimensions of the transport container and fashionable vs excessive dice. In our hot climate (queensland, australia) ceiling lovers had been a ought to which changed into the finding out component in getting a high cube. We also desired to phase it into 3 areas- 2 bedrooms and a kitchen/residing vicinity. I did quite a few research into a way to fit out a container and also decided on doing matters my own way. I decided on gluing the 4×2 timber treated pine battens (for wall framing in the shipping container) in place of screwing through the metallic because of issues of the screws causing the containerto rust and leak with heavy rain.
We knew it would be some time before the outdoor turned into fibro sheeted (fibro is compressed concrete sheets). After the framing changed into completed the plumbing and wiring became put into vicinity.
Tom: how did you insulate the bins…
Stephan: i placed r 1.5 glass wool insulation on the inside before the fibro sheets were positioned up for the walls. We’ve got found this worked ok and is best for winter/cooler instances of the year but in our particularly warm weather in critical queensland in summer time we simply also want ceiling fanatics and air conditioning to preserve the temperature at a cozy degree.
Tom: for your revel in what are the advantages of building with transport packing containers?
Stephan: they are structurally very strong and strong (without difficulty stood as much as class 5 cyclone marcia and sustained no damage). They’re also low cost and really environmentally pleasant.
Tom: would you recommend constructing with shipping bins?
Stephan: i’d certainly advocate constructing with shipping bins as they are sturdy and amusing to paintings with, you study along the way, you can preserve on including to them and create your own unique home. Our shipping container home is still very new and we have plans to soon upload a 20ft shipping container as a lavatory/laundry room. I’d propose that you do thorough research earlier than starting so that you realize what’s worried. It may be very time consuming and you may run into problems if you don’t put together and plan well earlier.
At this point i’d like to take this opportunity to thank stephan for becoming a member of us and taking element in the interview.
I am hoping this interview has stimulated a lot of you obtainable to reveal you that you could construct an less costly shipping container home. Also i’m hoping that via stephan sharing his revel in and information of shipping container home constructing you furthermore mght learnt a component or !
Eventually, if you want to realize something else approximately stephan’s container home, go away a comment beneath and i will send this on to stephan.