So where are we in the process of building our shipping container home? How long before touchdown?
On the plot:
- Official municipal building plans approved – done.
- Plot accessible for crane and trucks to deliver the containers – done.
- Reinforced pylons on which the two 12m containers will be placed – done.
- Conservancy tank (required by the municipality) in place – done.
- Eager builder to complete the build – ready for action!
On-site in Maitland where the conversion of the shipping containers is taking place:
- Shipping containers cleaned and treated for rust – done.
- One 12m side of each of the two containers cut out – done.
- Windows and doors cut out – done.
- Two internal walls (made from the above cut-outs) in place – done.
- Outside shutters (made from the above cut-outs) on tracks and in position – done.
- New roof made of light steel to cover the whole house (for rainwater harvesting, shade and insulation) – ready.
In the wings:
- Furniture for the shipping container house custom-made by the owners from reclaimed wood from an outside staircase, fascia boards and wooden pallets – ready.
- Donkey boiler to supply hot water custom-made from recycled steel – ready.
- Very eager owners – ready!
Aspects of the conversion still to be finished:
- Insulation (walls and ceiling).
- Fitting of double-glazed doors and windows.
- Hanging of three internal doors (re-used old Oregon pine doors).
- Installation of shower.
- Final spray painting (inside and outside).
- Electrical wiring (to be used with solar power).
- Plumbing (to be used in tandem with rainwater harvesting).
Planned touchdown date on site in Baardskeerdersbos: end May/beginning June 2017.
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