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Old 05-13-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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As a retirement project I would like to realize a dream by buying three 8'X20' shipping containers and converting them into a liveable space. I have been working on the design for some time and am at present costing the project.
My question is that as I want to avoid the whole planning permission process is it possible to buy a piece of land in SW Florida where I can have the freedom to do this - without being in the boonies?
In other words I want complete freedom with the design and materials used.
By the way I found a lot in New Mexico on a ranch that is/was owned by Ted Turner where I could do this but no utilities and over fifty miles to the supermarket and probably a day trip to Home Depot or Lowes.
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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Do you know how hot a shipping container gets in the sun? I have been in them, and not in FL, and they are stifling hot. Thankfully they won't allow them in Cape Coral.
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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Default Good idea



but could it handle the summer heat?

I am also looking into this...
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:17 AM
 
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Do you know how hot a shipping container gets in the sun? I have been in them, and not in FL, and they are stifling hot. Thankfully they won't allow them in Cape Coral.
Good point. I have seen some that have had the roof coated with a rubber membrane and then covered with sod. Others have built a deck on top which I like very much and there is the skeleton roof but this is possibly not hurricane proof. As alternative it is possible to use solar panels.
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Englewood,FL
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Default Shipping containers

Can I ask why shipping containers, because of their metal composition, they are basically an oven in the sun, they are square, so not wind friendly. Why the interest in them, just curious for your answer.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:01 PM
 
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I remember seeing a house like this on HGTV. It used the containers as the outer walls of the home. Most of the living space wasn't acutally "inside" the container just inside the perimeter they created.
It was actually very nice.
To answer the question though, I don't know of a local area where you could get around codes and permits, that's how they get ya.
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:02 PM
 
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Many thanks MikeP that's what I thought but I will keep looking.
I realize it must be difficult to appreciate what can be done with shipping containers so please check out these links if you have time. There is a large following for converting them since they are so cheap to buy. It just needs a lot of imagination and time.
Shipping Container Home | ISBU home
Amazing homes and offices built from shipping containers - MSN Real Estate
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:35 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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Default I can't imagine

a place in SW FL that would allow any sort of construction without permits. Actually, I think you need a permit to sneeze in most of FL, but then it's been a long time since I lived there...

There are several counties in E TN where you can build on your own property without having to have a permit, inspection, etc. and can have the benefit of electricity and easy access to shopping, civilization, etc. No beach, but it's "purty" here
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:28 PM
 
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Personally, I think you're mad!

However, I defend your right to be mad and wish you the best of luck.

Me, I'd buy a house
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Lovely swampy humid Miami!
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I would otherwise recommend Slab City near Niland California, where anarchy reigns, but it's the California Desert near the Arizona border, so the heat would make the thing a torture chamber and you can forget about laying sod on the roof out there in the desert ----- however, you might be able to cake on mud and straw like that guy at Salvation Mountain.
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