Even Starbucks is building with containers!

Starbuck

http://gizmodo.com/5877769/starbucks-builds-a-drive+through-out-of-shipping-

Beautiful pre-fab

It may not be a container, but that doesn't mean that it isn't beautiful... http://www.mimahousing.pt/

Sunset house – 20′ conversion!

Cargotecture Sunset House

Sunset magazine commissioned a 20' container refit as a small <200'^2 (well it's 160'^2 shoulda called it just > 150'^2).  The building was built for $60K and was developed by HyBrid Architecture.  Their cargo focused site is http://www.cargotecture.com/. One aspect I really like and would like to validate is their kitchen/bath space. Rather than placing things ...

A new container home

aphidoidea.com Container REsidence

Just saw this on Gizmodo: http://aphidoidea.com/   I love the ideas people come up with, and I do hope that the city council in Long Beach can see their way clear to allowing folks to do unique things like this. Still, I don't plan on doing anything quite this crazy with containers any time soon :-D Robert PS - It's good ...

Power in the middle of nowhere

One thing we love about our piece of property is that you really feel that you are in the middle of nowhere. Even though we have a neighbor, and at least at the initial home site, he's a 2 minute walk away, there's a real feeling of being "out there".  But with that feeling, comes ...

The danger of averages

Freefoto.com image of rain

Historically, we should have gotten an average of 5.5 inches of rain in and around our property in the month of January.  Actual total?  1.7" Given my prior modeling calcuations for rain catchment (360 ft^2*.5ft*7.5gal/ft^3) I should have been able to capture 1300 gallons of water.  In reality, we would have only captured 340 gallons.  Given ...

Next steps – February 2010

With the containers mired in the mud field, I've been trying to figure out where I can continue to make progress, and I believe the following areas bear further investigation. 1) Since the site is going to have to remain off grid for a while (there is grid power, but we have at least 1 mile ...

A week of sun

We had 10 days with no rain, and that gave me the brilliant idea to try to move the containers from the cul-de-sac where we dropped them off, out onto the property.  That we did.  A rental forklift got the boxes up off the ground, and with the help of my neighbor Gary, we managed ...

Moving the containers – II

Since the helicopter idea is a non-starter (at least not during this budget cycle), we're going with big-yellow machinery, namely an industrial scale forklift. Often these are used around lumber yards, or construction sites to move pallets of supplies around and  up 20+ feet in the air.  We'll be using one to at least get ...

Helicopters

Bell 214

In thinking about how bad the soil is this winter, and how many times my neighbor has gotten bigger and bigger tractors stuck in what looks like perfectly serviceable and compacted soil, I started to think about other methods for getting the containers moved to where I want them.  A winch was one such component, ...