Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shipping Container

Yesterday, a shipping container made its way to my driveway. I'm not quite sure how it got least that's the story the city code enforcement officers are going to get!!!

This is a 20 foot new (one trip across the ocean) shipping container. It measures eight feet wide by 8'6" tall and 20 feet long. It weighs just under 5,000 pounds and is incredibly solid! The floors are constructed of 1.25 inch thick marine grade plywood and are beautifully dark. There is evidence of forklift travel into and out of the container, but nothing compared to other used containers that have been in service for 8 to 10 years. The floors will remain as is, with perhaps a little buffing.

This morning the crane showed up early and plucked the container off the trailer and set it in place for the construction process to begin. I spent many hours inside of it today laying out the floor plan. Wood burning stove, toilet, shower, kitchen, built in tables, and sleeping bunks for four adults. That's the plan anyway. Enjoy the pics!


  1. I'm liking that floor! Are you planning on insulating it as well?

  2. 2" foam board insulation all the way around, including the roof, then backfilled. The only thing exposed will be the doors. Kind of like a cave with a view. Thanks for the comments Koda. I'm enjoying your blog!