A house is not a home

On Thursday my container was delivered, so I’ll skip the words and go directly to the pictures!

Meeting the truck on the way to my property
Meeting the truck on the way to my property
Getting to the spot where the house will be
Getting to the spot where the house will be
TA-DA!
TA-DA!
My neighbour, Roelf, opening the container for the first time
My neighbour, Roelf, opening the container for the first time
Me and the inside
Me and the inside
A 360 degree panorama from the top of the container
A 360 degree panorama from the top of the container (click to open a HUGE image)

So there it is!

I was expecting it to be much warmer inside, but was pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong, it is not comfortable, but I thought it would feel like an oven. An it looks fantastic! Photos don’t really do it justice.

The real work starts tomorrow, so you you can expect updates fairly regularly as the next few weeks will be taken up solely by making this hunk of steel a home.

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Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

This is a quick post, but an exciting one. Two weekends ago I finished the piers on which the container will be placed. My dad and I fitted some rebar into the molds and drove them into the soil. Then we poured the concrete in and leveled them.

Pier mold with rebar
Pier mold with rebar
Leveling the concrete into the mold
Leveling the concrete into the mold
Completed pier
Completed pier

All ready to go for delivery of the container. The shot below is from today. We had great rain and I wanted to see what the site looked like with all the water so I thought I would get a nice update shot.

Container House Progress #01
Container House Progress #01

It begins…!

I have finally signed all the contracts, crossed my t’s, re-dotted several i’s and probably signed away most of my possessions. I don’t care. I have now done everything needed to buy the property and am now waiting for the attorneys to lodge the sale and transfer the property. It has been exhausting.

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In the mean time I can and have started work on building the container cabin. We have started digging the trenches for my water supply and have placed the concrete pier molds as you can see in the photos above and below. Sand, stone and cement will be delivered next week so we can finish the four piers next weekend.

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I inspected¬†the shipping containers this week and am now super excited. I’m actually quite giddy: after what feels like years of planning, I can finally have a container delivered so I can start work. In a few months one of those Evergreens below will be my home.

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I spent the day with my dad and brother planning the details of what’s going to happen in the next few weeks and ironing out some of the questions I still had around the construction. We settled on how to do the internal walling, the insulation, the electrical ducting, the water tank and pipes’ positioning and the roof structure. We also made final decisions about the size of the solar system – off-grid here I come.

Hopefully I will have an update on the construction with tons of photographs in the next week.