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23 Surprisingly Gorgeous Homes Made From Shipping Containers.
BuzzFeed ^ | 10/15/2013 | Kristin Chirico

Posted on 01/05/2014 12:55:33 PM PST by carriage_hill

This is a shipping container. It’s used to transport large amounts of goods on boats and on trains. By itself, it’s pretty boring.

But with a little imagination, the shipping container becomes a cheap, reliable building block that can be used to build chic little getaway homes and castles of majesty alike!

(Excerpt) Read more at buzzfeed.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Outdoors; Society
KEYWORDS: homes; indigenousliving; livingindigenously; prefab; shippingcontainers
A few months old article, but lots of pics to some amazing structures for living.


1 posted on 01/05/2014 12:55:33 PM PST by carriage_hill
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To: carriage_hill

What’s new?

Homeless been using cardboard boxes for some time now.


2 posted on 01/05/2014 12:56:23 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: carriage_hill

Do these houses have heat, toilets, running hot and cold water, the usual kitchen appliances, Internet and phone connections, and maybe air conditioning?


3 posted on 01/05/2014 1:02:00 PM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: carriage_hill

Not one of those staircases would pass inspection in my county. A friend had his custom made stairs disapproved because the rails were 1/4 inch too far apart. They made him tear it out and have another one built. Very costly. Also, even though they don’t need hurricane clips, they are a requirement. No alternative building is allowed by our Gestapo inspectors. (The building department here is self financed and builders tell me they find on average $4k-6k worth of fines. Builders just figure that into the costs.)


4 posted on 01/05/2014 1:03:11 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Honorary Serb

I’m sure you have to add all of that...but it’s a cheap structure for the end user and can become an attractive space with the influx of that most important building material...cash.


5 posted on 01/05/2014 1:05:07 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Gen.Blather
Got rope?

/johnny

6 posted on 01/05/2014 1:05:46 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Scrambler Bob

I live in a double-wide Amana refrig box. LOL.


7 posted on 01/05/2014 1:08:49 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Gen.Blather

Some places are worse than others. I’m thinking if you’re going to spend the money on a structure, you’d better make sure the builder KNOWS all the codes, or get another builder.


8 posted on 01/05/2014 1:12:17 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill
Really fun if you are a kid.

I slept in one once over night. I will never forget that funky wet cardboard smell. Doesn't do well in the rain. Lol.

Thankfully I have never had to sleep in one as an adult.

9 posted on 01/05/2014 1:12:50 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: dhs12345

As kids, we used to make “forts” of of ‘em in vacant lots, but the rains did more damage than the “enemy” did. LOL.


10 posted on 01/05/2014 1:16:20 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

I read the article to see the pics. Let me wipe my feet for a couple of ours after wading though all the gushing verbiage....


11 posted on 01/05/2014 1:16:47 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: carriage_hill

Lol. Yup.


12 posted on 01/05/2014 1:20:32 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: sneakers

bttt


13 posted on 01/05/2014 1:21:41 PM PST by sneakers ( Quinn: "Liberty is the solution to the human condition.")
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To: Cyber Liberty

I didn’t read all the copy; the pics/configurations were what I was interested in seeing.


14 posted on 01/05/2014 1:25:51 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

I would love to build a nice bug-out shelter in the hills out of these.


15 posted on 01/05/2014 1:26:49 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: carriage_hill
As kids, we used to make “forts” of of ‘em in vacant lots, but the rains did more damage than the “enemy” did. LOL.

We used to make them out of wooden pallets at a nearby construction site. Those weren't very weather-proof...but still a lot of fun.

16 posted on 01/05/2014 1:26:52 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: carriage_hill

If the containers are cheap I can see some possible savings by having prefabricated structures in your design. However for the most part these just look like some designer was trying to make a point about how clever they are on someone else’s dime.


17 posted on 01/05/2014 1:29:47 PM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: carriage_hill

I slept in one during gulf war one.....built a 2x4 wall and added a air conditioner and a door, bunks and a table w benches for my EOD team and our gear. Sand bagged that puppy up with an excavator and a dozer and slept nice and easy thru the scud sirens and the one or two that hit close by....

Love those sea containers and conex’s for improvised hooches .....


18 posted on 01/05/2014 1:34:28 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: carriage_hill

Want!!!


19 posted on 01/05/2014 1:36:00 PM PST by colinhester
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To: colinhester

There’s a couple of units there which I sure wouldn’t mind living in!


20 posted on 01/05/2014 1:37:39 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Cementjungle

Back then in the 50s, as kids, any port in the storm worked for us. We were “creative” and could make a castle out of a 50lb bag of kitty litter. Heh.


21 posted on 01/05/2014 1:45:07 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Honorary Serb; carriage_hill

These houses have everything. We have somebody around here who is building them, and they’re really nice, comfy spaces. Better than a lot of “regular” houses.


22 posted on 01/05/2014 1:46:59 PM PST by livius
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To: carriage_hill
Google makes data center modules out of shipping containers. One container holds 1160 servers, complete with a raised floor down the center aisle.

Data center capacity can be grown a module at a time.


23 posted on 01/05/2014 1:48:07 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

Fascinating; I never would have guessed.


24 posted on 01/05/2014 1:51:27 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill
House in Chile was built for only $118,000.

Their opinion of "only" and mine are a lot different. You'd think this would have cost maybe $25k in South America. While some of those shipping containers are rather striking, one wonders if there are still residual pesticides or whatever chemicals left inside that the homeowners are now breathing. I'd also need a lot more insulation under the hot summer sun.

25 posted on 01/05/2014 1:52:09 PM PST by bgill
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To: VanDeKoik

A couple of those units are very ready-for-primetime, as well as for bugging-out.


26 posted on 01/05/2014 1:57:36 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: bgill

Agreed; I’d want them very carefully tested for residues, ***before*** using any as part of my home.


27 posted on 01/05/2014 1:59:55 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

thats a nice looking home, but getting the crates up must have taken some heavy equipment...Men can make nice things...Been a widow for over 20 years, but love men, they come in handy for the heavy lifting....LOL


28 posted on 01/05/2014 2:21:36 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Gen.Blather

The government regulations sure do stink. Made by people that never built anything in their lives..


29 posted on 01/05/2014 2:23:02 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Scrambler Bob

Why do I get the feeling that it would cost more to cobble up a home out of those things than to just BUILD a home from scratch.


30 posted on 01/05/2014 2:33:08 PM PST by Tucker39 ("Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.")
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To: goat granny

Heavy equipment is a good thing, but in the 50s, I remember seeing Grandpa using block-and-tackle and large teepee logs to hoist things into the air.

http://cns-alumni.bu.edu/~slehar/GantryWebpage/Mastcap007BIG.jpg


31 posted on 01/05/2014 2:35:20 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: bgill
I live in a house with asbestos siding. I don't worry about chemicals.

/johnny

32 posted on 01/05/2014 2:38:47 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Squantos

Sounds comfy and safe, considering your circumstances.


33 posted on 01/05/2014 2:49:53 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Tucker39

If this gets popular, expect the planning commission/building inspectors to start special rules (with extra $).

Then the advantage will go away.


34 posted on 01/05/2014 3:23:10 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: livius

Good!

There is a real need for affordable housing (REAL affordable housing—NOT the Dim and Alinskyite version of that term)!!!!


35 posted on 01/05/2014 3:31:49 PM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: carriage_hill

I saw one at a hunting show fitted out for a hunting camp. It was better than a tent but I didn’t want it, and I don’t want any of these.


36 posted on 01/05/2014 3:43:37 PM PST by Ditter
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To: carriage_hill

It was .... It was ....


37 posted on 01/05/2014 3:50:30 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Ditter

Without windows and amenities, they’re pretty claustrophobic.


38 posted on 01/05/2014 3:54:25 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

(The building department here is self financed and builders tell me they find on average $4k-6k worth of fines. Builders just figure that into the costs.)

Got rope?


Needs hogs and a wood chipper....


39 posted on 01/05/2014 4:11:51 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ?....... Enforce the Bill of Rights................................ It's the LAW !!!)
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To: carriage_hill

In Alaska they are very popular for making shops, just stack two high and spaced far enough apart to spread some beams and rafters you then get a sizable shop. Average cost though here is $2500 each though. But they by themselves are earthquake proof. The better ones are the ones that were reefer units as they already are very well insulated.

Its a no brainer liberals will mock the use of these as homes, next thing we know they will connect them with the Duck Dynasty as “hillbilly condos” Or “upscale trailer trash”.
I know a guy not too far from me that has a ton of ATCO buildings, these are pretty much a reinforced single wide manufactured box on wheels used all over Alaska for offices, shops and sleeping quarters, they can be opened up on the sides to be lined up for a large interior space.


40 posted on 01/05/2014 4:12:41 PM PST by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors. Asymmetrical Warfare.)
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To: carriage_hill

The hunters shipping container had some glass panes in the ceiling, it didn’t make me want one.


41 posted on 01/05/2014 6:42:47 PM PST by Ditter
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To: carriage_hill

We used them in Iraq. They were very effective against mortar rounds an bullets falling out of the sky. But you had to make sure that the electrical wiring was well grounded.


42 posted on 01/05/2014 9:23:35 PM PST by fini
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To: Scrambler Bob

Assembly Required: 15 DIY Kit Homes
http://www.bobvila.com/modular-construction/44417-assembly-required-15-diy-kit-homes/slideshows#!1

another 5 years of being ruled by our Congresscritters and we’ll all be looking for something like this to live in
as far away from cities as possible.


43 posted on 01/11/2014 3:08:41 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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