Container Shopping

On the 24th of December most people who decide to go shopping are either hitting the malls for last minute presents or braving the grocery store in preparation for a Christmas feast. The Smiths? We decided to go shopping for a shipping container or two at the depot in Salt River.

The shipping yard is filled with an assortment of containers of all different sizes, colours and quality. The trick is finding a good container for a decent price.

The shipping yard is filled with an assortment of containers of all different sizes, colours and quality. The trick is finding a good container for a decent price.

We are buying our container through Neil who runs a company called Container Worx which buys, sells and modifies containers for companies and individuals. Neil has been so helpful in advising us and chatting through our plans and ideas. Once we have chosen our containers, he arranges the transportation and delivery of them to our site and provides a team to cut and weld the holes for doors and windows according to our specifications (more on that in a few weeks).

Cameron checks out one of the potential containers that could be ours - there are lots on offer but it's hard to tell how good they are when they are stacked up and impossible to get into.

Cameron checks out one of the potential containers that could be ours – there are lots on offer but it’s hard to tell how good they are when they are stacked up and impossible to get into.

We walked around the depot with Neil and inspected the different containers he had on offer. None of the containers are in great condition but for our purposes, we don’t need them to be too clean and shiny because we are planning on cladding the exterior. The main things to look out for are bad rust, holes, and dents big enough to compromise the structural integrity. Another thing to remember is that we will be cutting out large chunks of the walls where our windows and doors will go – another reason that they don’t have to be perfect all round.

One more thing to look for is the floors – most of the containers have marine ply flooring which can be sanded and varnished into a decent looking floor.

Cam and Neil Inspect the inside of one of the containers for holes, rust spots and bad dents. The containers will never be perfect but it's important that the structural integrity is not compromised.

Cam and Neil inspect the inside of one of the containers for holes, rust spots and bad dents.

We picked the containers that we liked, and they should be ready for delivery to our site early in the new year. Talking of our site, a lot of people have been asking “Where are you putting your container?” Great question! We’ll let you know in our next post. Until then, happy Christmas and see you in the New Year!

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11 thoughts on “Container Shopping

  1. Gosh! I love you guys. And knowing you- your awesome home plan does not surprise me at all. You guys are too cool for normal. Miss you both! Merry christmas! Xxx

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  2. Cam and Sophs, so excited to follow your progress from California…I’m looking into building a container structure or tiny house soon. Love and miss you both!

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  3. Superb to read about your exploits, hopes and dreams. Love the way you guys “just get on with it”. The walk the talk and that’s wonderful to behold. Looking forward to seeing how the whole experience unfolds, both in terms of the practicalities of the bold new decisions you are both taking and how the blog itself matures and develops. Big up, you two! Let’s do 2015!

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    • Thanks for the encouragement Rich! We’re excited to see how it all plays out too… and if it all works out, maybe Cam can build one for you guys 😉

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  4. Hey! You guys beat me to it! I’ve been researching for about 2 yrs and plan on getting started as soon as I have finances ready. I think a property with a few container homes on them making a village would be cool too. Well done, I look forward to seeing your progress.

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