A Dream come true – Building a new container home

For Shawn and Mike McConkey, creating a container home was a dream come true. John, an architectural engineer and construction manager, and a general contractor and architect, were able to do a good portion of the house. He knew some of the problems with this type of structure, having built a farm standing out of a container earlier in his career.

For Shawn and Mike McConkey, creating a container home was a dream come true. John, an architectural engineer and construction manager, and a general contractor and architect, were able to do a good portion of the house. He knew some of the problems with this type of structure, having built a farm standing out of a container earlier in his career.

A garage door is a standard unit designed for installations with low overheads. Thanks to the southern… +] The temperate climate in California means the garage door will remain open for ventilation most of the year. Glass panels inside the door allow light to shine through from the overhead light fixture.
A garage door is a standard unit designed for installations with low overheads. Southern Because of… +] PHOTO COURTESY OF KEVIN WALSH PHOTOGRAPHY FOR PREFABULOUS SMALL HOUSES, PUBLISHED BY TAUNTON PRESS It has been found that what appears to be indestructible containers loses much of their toughness when the sides are changed, such as window and door openings. He learned how to handle problems by designing structural reinforcements relevant to these changes while preserving the container’s appearance. Another obstacle was securing building permits because this form of design had never been seen before by the county building department and ultimately took 6 months. It was also more difficult to add traditional residential building materials to the containers; to attach them to the steel rather than wood. The project planner, Christopher Bittner, advises “Whoever wants to pursue this style of construction will interview builders extensively to make sure they are up to the task.” When the house was complete, Shawn and Mike had a stunning, very comfortable, environmentally friendly home.

A garage door is a standard unit designed for installations with low overheads. Thanks to the southern… +] The temperate climate in California means the garage door will remain open for ventilation most of the year. Glass panels inside the door allow light to shine through from the overhead light fixture.
A garage door is a standard unit designed for installations with low overheads. Southern Because of… +] PHOTO COURTESY OF KEVIN WALSH PHOTOGRAPHY FOR PREFABULOUS SMALL HOUSES, PUBLISHED BY TAUNTON PRESS It has been found that what appears to be indestructible containers loses much of their toughness when the sides are changed, such as window and door openings. He learned how to handle problems by designing structural reinforcements relevant to these changes while preserving the container’s appearance. Another obstacle was securing building permits because this form of design had never been seen before by the county building department and ultimately took 6 months. It was also more difficult to add traditional residential building materials to the containers; to attach them to the steel rather than wood. The project planner, Christopher Bittner, advises “Whoever wants to pursue this style of construction will interview builders extensively to make sure they are up to the task.” When the house was complete, Shawn and Mike had a stunning, very comfortable, environmentally friendly home.

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