I’m still twiddling my thumbs. So it’s another “light” news week on the blog. Last year I resolved to go shopping for the house, to bide my time when the building process was going through a quiet patch. I bought some fancy-pancy tractor stools, a pendant light and a persian rug. Unfortunately, in our most recent move, the stools and rug were damaged, putting me off making purchases that will be subjected to one more move. So, I’m changing my dealing-with-lulls strategy and I’m going to chat with you instead….
We’ve used a few shipping containers in our time. It has been suggested to me, more than once, that we could be putting those containers to better use, have an almost-instant house and go someway towards compensating for our disastrous carbon footprint. (OK, no one said that last bit, that was my conscience speaking.)
I’ve gotta tell you, some of these houses made from shipping containers are very nice. I could certainly live in them. Here are some of my favourites:
Source: Price Street Projects.
Cordell House, Texas. Source: The Coolist.
Finally, an amazing Australian house, made from 31 shipping containers by Zeigler Build. I love the container door details as a feature in the hallway.
One website that I read likened the construction of container homes to stacking lego pieces. I think that the ambitious owners of one Australian container-home-in-the-making would beg to differ. You can check out the nitty-gritty of building a home from containers on their blog, the Odpod. If you were to choose to build a shipping container home for the sake of speed and simplicity, I would suggest sticking to one or two containers. I am coveting a little box in the bush just like this:
Port-a-bach, thanks to Atelier Workshop. (Bach is a New Zealand term for a small holiday or beach house.)
P.S. Since starting to write this blog post, 56 pages of final house plans, contract variations and an addendum landed in my inbox for checking and signing. I’m no longer twiddling my thumbs.