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May 14, 2008 – Comments (6)

It seems homes need to be torn down across America, but here there's a wee bit of a shortage.   I am looking for a place the one I am in isn't available for next year.

So, there's the priest's place, if you don't mind him showing up about once per month needing the other bedroom.  There's the triplex, full of parties and only about 300 sq ft.  There is a brown house that isn't occupied.  There's a very large home available and heating costs are so expensive here.  

Just so happen's Mish was directing to container homes from his blog.  Apparently these containers are being converted to more affordable housing.  Apparently it is cheaper to make new ones then to ship them empty back to where they are needed.  So, there's thousands of them available for cheap. 

Well, today was community garbage day and as I was out and about, what did I come across...

A container, actually, a double long container, but you only see one in the picture...


 So, I peeked inside, seriously, how livable are these things...

Inside Container

So, how's they install the windows in these containers... 

6 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On May 14, 2008 at 3:15 AM, abitare (30.09) wrote:

In Africa, you will see people living in stolen shipping containers. It is actually, better then most huts, or tin shacks. They can weather storms and keeps out bugs pretty well. Nothing worse then muddy floors in your home. 

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#2) On May 14, 2008 at 5:17 AM, hall9999 (91.81) wrote:

  That's a novel idea.  And as an added bonus, when you want to go on vacation you can bring it with you.  Just sit in your easy chair and ship home-sweet-home wherever you want to go.

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#3) On May 14, 2008 at 8:39 AM, dwot (29.15) wrote:

abit, I could see that a container would make a better home for many people.  They are very sturdy...  Heck, a couple windows, maybe a sky light...

Hall, what a great idea, convert them to campers...  They look built to withstand even gravel roads... 

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#4) On May 14, 2008 at 7:01 PM, EScroogeJr (< 20) wrote:


the issue is NOT how to get cheap material for your house. The issue is how to deal with the bastards from the building department who are going ban any construction design that costs less than the most expensive existing home in the area. You won't find a single county that will let you even put such a container on your land, not even in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

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#5) On May 14, 2008 at 11:28 PM, dwot (29.15) wrote:

Lol EscroogeJr...

You obviously haven't read all my posts...  Some homes here don't have running water and have out houses...  This isn't exactly an over regulated community. 

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#6) On May 15, 2008 at 4:56 AM, EScroogeJr (< 20) wrote:

Well, when the sheriff is not standing over your shoulder teaching you how to build houses, building a house will never be an expensive enterprise.

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