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Shipping container family home: building blocks in Redwoods

by Brad

Shipping container family home: building blocks in Redwoods


Kam Kasravi and Connie Dewitt wanted a modern cabin that wouldn’t disrupt the Redwoods on their property. First they considered prefabs, but quickly realized they wouldn’t fit up the narrow road to their land in the Santa Cruz mountains. So they convinced their friend, architect David Fenster, to design them a home made from shipping containers.

Built from recycled cargo containers hand-picked from the Port of Oakland, Six Oaks was built around the footprint of the land. The containers were building blocks that were cut and stacked to fit between Redwoods along a steep grade.

While the home was assembled in 6 hours, it took nearly a year to finish the interior since so much of it was custom. The unique materials meant some unique requirements: instead of carpenters, they used welders; a commercial roofer had to be hired, etc.

Acoording to Connie, it wasn’t “the cheapest way to build”, but It cost about per square foot less than a more conventional custom home.

They didn’t aim to build an extreme home, but the couple feel confident their home will hold up well under extreme conditions- i.e. falling trees, forest fires. Connie jokes that if a tree does fall on the home, “it will get a little dent and we’ll call the auto body shop to fix the house”.

David Fenster, MODULUS architects http://www.modulus.com/modulus.html

*Thanks to Connie and NorCal Construction for the construction time lapse: http://www.norcalconstruction.com/

Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/shipping-container-family-home-in-redwoods-adapted-to-site/

How To Build Amazing Shipping Container Homes

by Brad

How To Build Amazing Shipping Container Homes


Building a shipping container home Plans DIY

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This is a professional Guide on how to build your very own Shipping Container Home.
“Do you want a Simple Step-By-Step Plan To Design And Build A Shipping Container Home From Scratch?”
Warren Thatcher Professional Shipping Container Home builder for 14 years reveals his secrets.
In this review I will to give you a run down on what to expect in this guide to building a Shipping Container Home.
The guide covers all aspects of Building Shipping Container Homes.
At the start of the guide he has a design process flow chart to help in planning your project.
This is very important starting point.
How to get all the planning permissions and legal requirements done before the project gets started.
Warren then moves on to talk about types of containers, pre-purchase checks, this is worth its weight in gold.
How to move your container and site it.
Site preparation and the types of siting.
Taking into consideration the installation of services like power, water, drainage etc.
There is a informative section on the tools you will need
with images to give the new Shipping Container House Builder an insight into what is required.
Insulation is a must, to keep heat both in and out.
Getting your Shipping Container Home signed off with the local authorities.

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In conclusion I think if you are considering Building a Shipping Container Home this guide is an absolute must.
It will give you all the information you will need to get started and save you lots of time and money.
When it comes to building a home from a Shipping Container there are many things you must consider.
You’ve probably already searched various websites for guidance.
However many of the other Online guides miss out several very important steps.

You see, safety is a huge factor when building a shipping container home.
You’re probably going to have friends and family living in your shipping container home at some point!
And that’s why you need to follow a guide you can trust.
How to build a beautifully designed home using Shipping Containers.
What costly mistakes you must avoid so your project doesn’t collapse like a house of cards!
The fastest way to get your project completed and livable.
Where money can be saved
and where you need to invest those savings for the best results
The cheapest way to build a Shipping Container home from start to finish.
Warren Thatcher is a professional builder
and has been using shipping containers in many various projects over the last 14 years.
He is also a designer,
This Guide will help you visualize an amazing container home that’s also easy to build.
Function and brilliant design are the main goals when building a Shipping Container Home

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78. Net-Zero 101 – The secret of building super energy efficient net-zero homes

by Brad

78. Net-Zero 101 – The secret of building super energy efficient net-zero homes


Net-zero homes first appeared in 2007, but they are taking North America by storm. In part 1 of our Chasing Net-zero series we talk to net-zero pioneer Peter Amerongen about the amazing history of these super energy efficient solar-powered homes and Mike Turner about the secrets of building a net-zero home. http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/78-chasing-net-zero-net-zeo-101
Episode 78 Chasing Net Zero: Net Zero 101 – http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/78-chasing-net-zero-net-zeo-101

Couple Builds Energy Efficient Passive Solar Home – Green Building

by Brad

Couple Builds Energy Efficient Passive Solar Home – Green Building


In this video we meet Casey & Natasha, a conscious couple who built a passive solar home near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to orienting their house to face south, they installed overhangs that block the sun to keep it cool during summer months and allow the sun to enter and heat the house during winter months. They also installed a 10 kW solar system that sells clean electricity back to the grid through Ontario’s MicroFIT Program and the revenue helps cover their own utility bills.

The house was built to Passive House standards and is currently pending certification. You can learn more about Passive House here:
http://www.passivehouse.ca/fundamentals/

The exterior walls of this house are 20″ thick and are insulated using Roxul insulation which is made locally, better for the environment, can get wet, and has less flame retardants than traditional fiberglass insulation, which means cleaner air quality in the home.

To maximize the energy efficiency of their home, they installed triple glazed windows, a drain water heat recovery system, an air source heat pump water heater, and a bioethanol fireplace. They also chose sustainable alternatives like concrete countertops instead of granite, and reclaimed pine flooring instead of using new wood. Last but not least, they designed their house to be completely fossil fuel-free which means that they don’t use any fossil fuels to power or heat their home.

Casey & Natasha are building a conscious group of companies to align their work life with their personal values. Their companies include The Conscious Builder, the Conscious Living podcast and the Conscious Store (coming soon!).

http://cgreyconstruction.com
http://caseyplusnatasha.com

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

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