Skip to comments.All aboard my new home! (Shortened)
Posted on 10/09/2013 10:11:51 AM PDT by Kartographer
They are more commonly seen being transported on ships and at ports around the world. But with the addition of flatscreen TVs, en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning, these shipping containers are now being billed as a solution to Londons housing crisis.
The containers come from China and are transformed into studio apartments in Britain which can be stacked on top of each other - and are available to rent for only £75 a week.
The scheme looks set to take off after the council granted planning permission to the Forest Young Man's Christian Association (YMCA) to establish two sites in Waltham Forest, north-east London.
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Would make a easy to build and study BOL.
Relatively bulletproof, and depending on the furnishings, darned near fireproof. Structurally strong enough to NOT collapse during earth tremors or earth movement, and an ultimate fortress in serious times of anarchy or civil unrest.
And it is entirely modular.
A neighborhood of BarryVilles
Imagine thousands of them stuffed together, sweltering in the hot sun as the wretched inhabitants struggle to pay taxes, Obamacare rates, and sky high utility rates fluffed up by Climate Change penalties.
Heaven on Earth, right?
Socialism in a box.
Cool idea, though obviously not a smart idea in areas prone to hurricanes or tornadoes.
I read about these before, and I thought a good idea would be to take existing industrial buildings and remodel them as “apartment buildings”, but designed to hold these container pods instead of having regular units. Basically like a trailer park stacked up vertically and horizontally inside a structure.
Then, when people wanted to move to a new place, they could just have their container, with all their belongings inside, moved to a new building. No need to pack and unpack every time. The problem is, until there were enough of that type of building to make such easy moves possible, there would be no market for this kind of housing, so someone would have to invest a lot of money to make it workable.
I could live with this.
Britain, forty years from now:
Five gallons of gas and a match and you'll find yourself holed up in a dutch oven.
Commanche, just west of 25. We had them build a data acquisition trailer for us, it was surprisingly inexpensive.
How do you figure that?
That sheetmetal box is a really good heat conductor.
Not a bad idea, really. I have worked on plans to build a house using the various sizes of these (especially the big boys).
Depending how they are achored I bet they would weather hurricanes or tornadoes well after all they are designed to be carried on the deck of a ship.
“Socialism in a box.”
Oh, come on. This was invented by private citizens, innovating new ways to use existing technology. Aesthetically, it’s not appealing, but it’s clearly capitalism, not socialism.
Thanks for the link!
You could be right. I guess I just imagine they would fare about as well as trailers, but then again, these are steel and built better.
See those bushes back there?
J/k... I imagine they have a septic tank dug out underneath, or a sewer hookup, just like any other mobile home.
I’ve seen them for sale locally (craigslist) for about $3,000 to $4,000 each.
I wonder how many FEMA has? Instant concentration camps. Just add economic collapse.
Everyone realizes that picture is of two different homes, right? One on top, one on the bottom. Way to small.
There are quite a number of articles on prepper sites regarding us of shipping containers for cheap housing at one’s bug-out location.
They have a branch in TX, if I recall correctly.
You could put one in the ground as a tornado shelter as long as it could handle the weight of the soil.
First you have to get close enough (without someone reaching out and giving you a preppers touch) second 5 gallon isn’t going to burn for long so if you use the right inslulation you ain’t going to feel it. And lastly it would most likely be a waste of a valuble commodity (gasoline).
Like Redneck Preppers’ are used to being made fun of and need to be used to the idea that when shtf they will be hated by non-prppers as or more than Rednecks.
Yes. The YMCA used the smaller units to create low-cost housing for people who need a cheap place to live. There are much, much bigger shipping containers available.
Specs for a shipping container look to be 2mm for side and end panels, and 1.6mm for the roof. IMHO, that’s not nearly enough to qualify it as “fortress” material.
As I understand it ... not anymore ... they let them all sit and rot.
This is a little misleading. There's an early Doomsday Prepper episode where a guy puts a hole in one with a 10/22. There's a Mythbusters episode where they prove as little as 4 inches of dirt on the top collapses the roof. The framework around the container is strong as that's what supports the stacking of them but the sides are really quite lightweight - by design. They are for shipping after all.
They are an affordable solution for many applications but they are not a fortress by any stretch. Just so everyone knows.
What about plumbing?
One could address the roof and wall issues that you mentioned and do so with modest effort.
You install it like you do in any house you build.
“I wonder how many FEMA has? Instant concentration camps. Just add economic collapse.”
Just add Zombies!
Nope, they are again for sale...the ones not tested for formaldehyde and not recommended for long term living. So go camping once a year, it won’t hurt ya!
When we visited the troops in Bosnia back it the late 90s, these were the majority of the base housing.
Perhaps, but they are hardly the "fortresses" I was responding to.
Thanks for all your prepper posts. They are always informative and thought-provoking for those of us who prefer not to just take what comes.
You forgot the mosques.
It's what we had for quarters when I was in Afghanistan. 12 stacked on 12. 10 on each level were used to make five double-wide sets of quarters, each housing six and the other two on each level were used for bathrooms and showers.
It would be nice to think so, but how do you define ‘bulletproof’? ... 22LR, 9mm? When is it not ‘bulletproof’? I doubt it would stop a .45 acp or a 7.62x39...a .223 maybe...
I shipped all my worldly goods to Northern Ireland in a 40 footer in 1979...Guess if I had shipped 6 or 7 of them I could have had a home...(I bought a 2000 sq ft home there, that I lived in for 3 years)...the 7 containers would have cost me somewhat less, and I could have been the talk of the town... :)
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