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Old 08-02-2008, 02:55 AM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Would Shipping Containers be a viable home solution in the desert southwest?

Shipping containers as housing - Boing Boing

Would you live in a shipping container? Curbly | DIY Design Community Keywords: alternative_housing, shipping_containers

Building with Shipping Containers

There are but a few links to give you an idea.. there is lots more out there on the web. I have been thinking of building one of these.
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Where I live.
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Would Shipping Containers be a viable home solution in the desert southwest?

Shipping containers as housing - Boing Boing

Would you live in a shipping container? Curbly | DIY Design Community Keywords: alternative_housing, shipping_containers

Building with Shipping Containers

There are but a few links to give you an idea.. there is lots more out there on the web. I have been thinking of building one of these.
I liked the link on building with shipping containers...and framing with steel beams.

A former builder in Midland told me once that local code there does not allow residential homes to be steel-framed within the city limits....and I wondered if he were pulling my leg.

There is a house here on this block that has steel framing as well as a metal roof. The insulation is polystyrene. I almost bought it, and probably would have had the MBR bath had a walk-in shower. It would have cost a small fortune to modify, and wasn't worth it otherwise.

But I really liked the concept of steel framing.
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Old 08-02-2008, 04:12 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Shipping containers are getting hard to get ahold of right now, so keep that in mind. My friend's neighbor is trying to build a steel container house on the Baytown side of Galveston Bay and is having problems. Another alternative is to transform one of those insulated metal barns. I have seen several steel-framed, 8 and 10 stall barns, w/loft, and with barn panels that are insulated turned into fabulous little (or not so little) houses. Each of the stalls are 12 x 12 or 14 x 14 and make fair size rooms.
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