One reason is that a single-container home can be
shipped, e.g. to a disaster area like a tsunami-damaged
zone or a war zone. I've heard that in Iraq the military
and/or contractors are using containers as living quarters.
The reason is containers are easy to find, can be bought cheap and the have
known structural qualities. These things get lugged on/off ships and roll
around the oceans. A few years ago in Western Australia an entire township,
in the path of a Category 5 cyclone. got inside a 12m/40 ft container for
shelter. They all came out again unharmed.
I've recently done a set of drawings demonstrating that a 6 x 2.44 x 2.5m
container can meet the code requirements for a dwelling. Row of 3 x 0.5m
steel stumps fixed to the lifting rails each side concreted into the
ground, Simple low-pitched roof with overhangs and enough space for foil
batt insulation, enough room (just) for required facilities. You don't have
to have too many personal possessions ....
2.44m width is a bit uncomfortable. The deluxe version is to bolt two
containers together sideways.
Bob Vila did a series in South Florida with two steel containers that had a
20' space between them.
When it was done, you could not tell it was made out of the containers.
Some outfit out of Tampa is utilizing the containers to make Hurricane
If you can imagine removing the side from one end to the other. Then placing
another container 12' away with the length of it's side removed also, you
get some of the idea of the size.
Something like 28' X 40'.
The roof was a truss style roof 3/12 pitch.
The base of each container was welded to the footer that elevated it two
feet off of the ground at each secure point every 8'.
Ended up to be a good size house that looked nothing at all like the
I think the company was something like "Tampa Armature works".
What makes you think the stones are solid? How the hell could they
have lifted them if they were solid? They'd weigh tons! Of course
they are hollow and that's where all the really cool bodies - dog and
crocodile headed aliens - are entombed. I'm surprised you didn't
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