Homesteading with a Shipping Container House, Part 3

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts

Kevin Hayden

I know it’s been quite some time since I posted a story about my homesteading attempt, so I figured it was time to sit down and share a few pictures!

I have several dozen other pictures that are much higher resolution, but these were taken with the phone and I had them with me today, so here they are!

With the extreme heat (113 degree heat index!), we’ve been working at night mostly.

The cabin plans are 14’x24′ with 10′ 8″ ceilings.  It will have a very slightly sloped roof, almost flat, and high windows spanning the top portion of the southern wall (passive solar heating for the winter).

The concrete blocks look a bit wobbly, I know.  They’re actually very sturdy and will soon have a concrete form built around them and encased in cement with rebar to create columns.

Once this portion of the cabin is completed, it will house the bathroom and the kitchen, along with a small living area/eating nook/entry way.  An addition is being planned using a 20′ shipping container alongside the southern wall (the side you’re looking at above).  The container will house the bedroom and large closet, etc.

This was Sunday’s project; framing up the front window and roughing in the front door.  This weekend?  Finish up the north and south walls and order my high ceiling windows!  I’m thinking 8″ high x 24″ wide… I found some that cant outwards and they remind me of New Orleans.  I’m ordering 4 of them!

I will be writing up a much more in-depth article on the actual building process, but I wanted to at least share these with you!

If you’ll recall, this was a field just a very short time ago – we now have a septic tank and working restroom, hot showers, air conditioning and currently residing in a 12′ x 16′ lofted barn shed as we build.  It’s actually quite comfortable and will be turned into the workshop as soon as the cabin is roughed in and weatherproofed.

Before the Cabin Build started.

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