We are an older couple living on our 10 acre homestead in southern Alabama. I am 'deb' and have a rare plant nursery and my hubby is 'Db' and he has a classic car restoration on our homestead. Together we have a lot of fun and are living the "good life" in our senior years. Come join us and see if you can keep up!
Monday, October 08, 2012
IS A SHIPPING CONTAINER HOME FOR YOU?
When people are looking for affordable housing during these trying times in our economy, they now have a new form of DIY housing using shipping containers.
Shipping containers can be had for around $1000.00-4000.00 each not counting the cost of getting it to you and the land to put it on. It would seem that this is a steal until you start to add up all the costs of turning this piece of steel into a home.
First off is cutting openings for windows and doors as well as vents, etc. This takes a special cutting torch which very few people just happen to have on hand so you will either have to see if you can rent one with instruction on how to use it, or hire the work out.
After you have the openings cut you have to find a way to frame them for your doors and windows which may not be so easy. Windows and doors are funny things and the slightest millimeter off in size or square can mean your window or door will not go in.
Next you have to do your wiring, plumbing, insulation, drywall or paneling...believe me it can add up if you are not experienced in doing these things for yourself or cannot do them due to code laws in your area.
If money is no object and you have your heart set on living in a revamped shipping container then I say, more power to you!