There are two questions that we are getting asked all the time. “Are you connecting the two containers?” and “Are you insulating them?”. The answers are “yes” and “definitely yes!”. Here’s a little bit more about how we are going to do that and what it’s meant to look like once we’re done. To give you a bit of perspective, here is our proposed floor plan… it changes all the time but this is how it looks at the moment:
We are connecting the two containers with a bridge that will act as our lounge. The thing that makes this build tricky is that we are trying to tick a number of boxes – cheap, recycled, small and mobile – and it’s the mobile part that is tricky. The floor, walls and roof that are joining the containers all need to be able to come apart when we move our home!
So first Cam built the floor frame which slots onto metal brackets and come can off when we move it:
We were going to build the walls from timber, but in the light of our efforts to re-use materials and consume as little as possible, Cam has a great idea – why not use the steel cut-outs from the container walls to make the new walls? And then Cam’s dad added to the plan with another genius idea – if the walls could hinge, then we could just fold them against the containers when the time comes to move it! If you’re confused, don’t worry, there are photos coming. We met a local Hout Bay man named Faik who is a really skilled artisan welder. Together with his son, he spent two days on our site welding a hinged steel wall frame and welding the walls on.
You’ll notice that Cam has put up wooden batons all around the house already. This is because the insulation company are coming next week and there is a lot to get in place before they come. We are insulating the outside walls and inside the ceiling so all wooden batons for the cladding ceiling have to be in place, as well as the plumbing and electrical lines, so it’s all systems go this week!
Hopefully the next time you hear from us, our little house will be insulated!