After procuring a share of land in the mountains of unincorporated San Diego County, Mike and Shawn McConkey characteristic out to originate their dream dwelling from transport containers. “Right here is zoned agricultural land out here so you can surely get a exiguous cottage enterprise or a winery… or a container dwelling.”
With the encourage of architect Chris Bittner, they designed a 700-sq.-foot cottage from three containers (one of which they found on the property). By building most of it themselves, Mike and Shawn stored things real looking: the general value used to be $160,000, including have costs and permits. They additionally budgeted by residing for two and a half years in a 28-foot shuffle trailer while they waiting for permits and to entire the originate.
They stayed on budget in the interior by mixing IKEA and reclaimed objects with about a high discontinuance pieces, admire a $3800 rolling garage door that opens the dwelling to the begin air and unobstructed mountain views.
The dwelling is a hybrid of containers and stick frame development with ceilings as high as 13 toes between the containers to made the tiny verbalize surely feel better and to enable for pure cooling. To make a selection care of the dwelling running at peak efficiency, the McConkeys keep in a groovy roof (white, to mirror the fresh San Diego solar) and a high efficiency tankless water heater.
Since polishing off the dwelling, Bittner says he’s obtained 50 calls from of us drawn to their procure container dwelling goals. “They all delivery with, ‘I’ve steadily dreamed of organising a container dwelling, how significant does it value? Is it the an identical as framing?’ And I account for them the entire an identical thing, ‘It no doubt might maybe well additionally be the an identical as framing, it could in point of fact fleet salvage more pricey than framing.’”
Mike, who is a building superintendent for his day job, is entirely happy he had the likelihood to form his procure grown-up LEGO development. “I steadily performed with LEGO blocks and stuff as a baby. I steady admire to originate stuff. It’s a interest and what I form for a residing so it’s roughly pure to pick out one thing enthralling and remodel it.”
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characteristic up here to characteristic the containers up on the on the foundations and I characteristic the entire structural metal so me and my significant other were out here in the rain that day used to be a the finest day a coaching that month and then we that used to be a crane day so we had to characteristic all these in the rain we characteristic them all attacked them all down and then we lower them aside we’re the first in the county to form it the county had never viewed the leisure admire that sooner than so it took us took us six months to salvage a building allow and mostly because they were dreary Cena sooner than they were tremulous of it because we were cutting them aside we framed the superstructure out of wood and then there’s steady frequent the building department’s inspections that we scheduled took us 18 months to form the inspector entirely happy ample to let us pass in what form you play we camped for 2 years two and a half years and the shuffle trailer is loopy 28 foot shuffle trailer took us a while to salvage a building allow two and a half years in are residing in an RV and it used to be steady here in the driveway so each and each morning each and each morning salvage up and gape out the window and the dwelling used to be steady staring steady abet at you announcing nope now no longer performed yet used to be now no longer my life trended abet to love I was holy I mediate each and each building estimable in the county came out here steady because they wished to leer it I mediate the building condominium used to be tremulous of and I mediate the inspection department used to be tremulous because they had never viewed it it’s most practical to restful keep a controller on this I need to restful because your whole development is metal we had to form definite the entire ingredients are bonded collectively so electrically used to be get so there are things that they wished me to form and I did that however as we went thru the building assignment he was diagram more pleased and he found that it surely is extremely equivalent to building a former stick constructed dwelling leave that steady this blue one is maybe youthful than the white ones are you are you able to can positively leer the you realize this has been repaired goes over welded in portion and you steady leer where it’s been knocking around on the port and a range of life these containers were made in 2001 we steady left them raw here’s exactly the diagram in which they came off to each and each the final time God is aware of where they’d been the entire world you realize in the 12 years that they were in service I steadily wonder admire what used to be in our containers I would admire to know what might maybe well well be going from aspect to aspect in them you can steady image it going at some level of the ocean and getting all banged up into the different containers and being stacked nonetheless high successfully about a of our pals mediate we must always restful paint it however we roughly admire it admire this yeah it’s now no longer going to salvage painted no we need it to gape container [Music] they’re produced from cork ten metal and they’ve an epoxy paint on them so where the paint is rubbed off the metal will oxidize to some degree and prevent and it’ll take care of admire that steadily oh man I get to lock off the backside although because they hang down beneath the backside of the bottom admire you can leer those I didn’t lower off all steady they would maybe get interviewed with the deck has the containers delivered you realize steady away you accelerate into that assignment I’m going to keep the door here this one’s going to pass there and we turn this one steady so that we might maybe well lower out most of the harm and so you come aside you realize they need to curl so it says we lower them they zigzag so let’s steady characteristic up on concrete blocks in the corners and we keep one in the middle is we had constructed a couple other structures Chris and I out of the containers and we found is after we lower holes in the perimeters of them they tended to sag a exiguous bit so we keep foundations columns at some level of the containers so that they wouldn’t sag after we lower the mountainous holes because we lower the general aspects out of two of them steady on the tip there’s typically a post beam a post and a beam so there’s a rectangle on the tip that is a moment frame the corrugation that runs alongside each and each aspects acts as a web of a beam to connect the different sq. on the different discontinuance that is the first development you can pick all the pieces else out in grunt soon as you originate casting off that beam webbing on each and each aspects that’s when the containers settle on to pick out they need to they need to form that and so you’ve got to counteract that either on the backside of the discontinuance or inner or somewhere you’ve got to keep that abet and so in here we did it above it because we knew we were going to frame above to salvage more peak we knew we wished overhangs so typically here’s the container dwelling of the Hat on it to encourage with the come and the warmth have and the shading and the entire designs we’ve performed they all discontinuance up being hybrids while you steady limit yourself to the sphere I mediate it’s a exiguous limiting and so that’s why you’ve got the frames portion in between so that’s that’s what here’s it’s surely a hybrid it’s some framing some containers so surely the containers are laid out in a u-shape so there’s a container here a container there and a container there with a framed portion in between so we might maybe well accelerate double better so having this form of tiny ground plate of us skills verbalize vertically significant bigger than they form horizontally so by giving steady this exiguous verbalize more peak it feels significant bigger cuz it’s 750 47: 22 to 20 now no longer gonna be a range of room in here so we were ready to keep elephantine-size in here washer and dryer and restful discontinuance up with develop of closet mountainous gloves vulnerable of a closet you can get got stroll-in closet and bigger than mine at dwelling I’m telling you leer here’s the finest portion about container life yeah how are you senesce it I’m taking it Alan gyrated we roughly disagreed on about a all this stuff however did you significantly prevail you didn’t need your dryer washer I didn’t because I believed I need more closet verbalize however you can leer that I surely don’t need more closet verbalize we get got additional room restful left over all the pieces is here relate it works immense you steady get to make employ of your verbalize immense life all the pieces’s very intentional no muddle you’re escorting successfully I don’t know if of us form the soiled storage of the some distance away values thru our winters and in settle on to the doors did you form the mattress I did so I steady a slab of wood nailed it down and surely constructed it too mountainous for the verbalize he attended the mattress might maybe well well be this diagram however after we got the mattress constructed and straightforward ideas to pass this diagram the diagram in which it plays out is I climb over presents I get to face up I’ll be sleeping a lengthy time I had to form all of it all over again to potentially form the bedroom a exiguous bit bigger because their queen mattress struggles to slot in here surely successfully however we don’t narrate lot of time in here you finest sleep in here we narrate most of our day accessible so even even one other foot of verbalize in the bedroom you realize you’re stealing from over there yeah I mediate one thing we strive and form to form that if truth be told feel bigger yeah however here’s surely begin to this verbalize yeah so in the occasion you’re in bedroom here’s all one thing so there’s the next ceiling in the bedroom as successfully they’re attempting and form it surely feel bigger than it’s and then we did that with the entire windows and frames portion in the middle in search of to salvage a extremely tiny plate coming it feels significant bigger [Music] portion of the strategy of doing a tiny dwelling admire here’s making it surely feel bigger than it’s and so the giant window that appears to be like out to the giant leer in the occasion you’re standing here this verbalize feels stunning here’s a former door – I steady ordered a 7-foot high door so you don’t get to get that tracker diagram high up in the ceiling to salvage the door to roll up so we steady adapted one thing that used to be off the shelf of the container so it’s pleasing this other $800 installed so significant yes positively you can get got to lower your budget someplace else form with out some furniture or one thing you realize we roughly lower where we might maybe well we supplied an IKEA kitchen and we’re going to hack it and originate our procure doors and stuff for it so we wished to get the entire elephantine-size dwelling equipment and all the pieces an appliance garage so we keep poke in here so it’s seemingly you’ll maybe well well maybe leave you admire a coffeemaker zigzag up and stuff and we constructed the scale of the kitchen to suit the IKEA casework so we didn’t get to originate the entire personalized casework plus it’s straightforward and then so we made all this the entire dimensions in the kitchen fit that and nonetheless we splurged on on stuff admire this from San Diego urban trees he rescues trees at some level of town and he cloth conditions you realize steady having a share or a couple pieces from him surely softens the actual unheard of business roughly surely softens it up a exiguous we keep in an condominium-sized dishwasher in so that used to be a salvage unit from my company’s place of work remodel it mean it’s tremendous for steady to my significant other and I the sink and faucet it used to be in the clearance rack we tried the salvaged area topic where we might maybe well we had an aluminum door that had salvaged from a project you realize this door we supplied from Habitat for Humanity retailer so this came from the urban trees characteristic this share of Sequoia we steady keep it on a wretched that we had boxed recycled from habitats humanity more IKEA cabinets it’s steady a you realize frequent you can dress them up with tremendous cabinet doors and some trims there’s a range of hacks for IKEA stuff we didn’t get room for a bathtub so we keep this vast shower in here so we wished that because we didn’t get that in a shuffle trailer after we were and then that water building dwelling used to be now no longer my life trended abet so you lower out this entire wall here yeah so it’s uh we wrapped the container the lower fringe of the container so I didn’t get to grind all of it so I steady had the sheet metal fabricated to veil that and then here’s the corner of the containers in this exiguous drywall here then we steady keep aluminum storefront inner the the door opening in settle on to the employ of prefabricated plastic windows we we surely had this what you gain in a mall we didn’t surely want to make a selection prefabricated plastic windows so we did bewitch the storefront system and I had it fabricated and then we supplied the roll-up door to compare here’s immense you surely leer it steady in the bedroom which is me you can surely leer where we get got lower portion of this container out and which would maybe maybe well well be left with a triage and then the general openings we employ this flat stock metal we did same thing with the entire window openings and we steady installed the windows to that you simply realize once while you lower the containers to procure to deal with the corrugation while you accelerate to a window yeah so we figured out that we might maybe well steady keep metal plate in those openings and give us a tremendous understanding soft opening to frame in Dwelling windows and leave begin will we employ a spray foam insulation wherever there’s a metal chair fish and beneath the containers it’s pricey however it acts as a vapor barrier we were shy about : Tanner wall and warm air inner and having condensation at some level of the wall cavities cool cell foam doesn’t enable any vapor or air migration thru it so it retains the entire warm air from the dwelling some distance from the cool exterior and then you definately don’t want a range of it and it has r7 per plug so we finest get two inches of froth in the partitions to present us an arm fourteen and we got three in the bottom to present us our 19 and then we steady employ typical injurious insulation in the attic verbalize we get got our 30 and then in the upper portion of that ceiling formative years tapered insulation again it’s our seven per plug up there so examine this sense surely high what are we add here 13 toes we wished that head peak however we additionally wished some air float which is very indispensable in this climate as successfully so there’s a tiny window up there that will additionally be begin and you’ll salvage a stack discontinuance and it’ll design the air thru the dwelling and out thru the discontinuance obviously the fresh air rises steady so it rises goes out and the cool air stays down here where all of us are and it’s a tried and licensed have feature that now they would maybe name sustainable of you realize surely getting air thru a dwelling so and we’ve got you realize we got low windows there that cool air is accessible in low sizzling air goes out high again the overhangs abet vow daylight from getting to the partitions in the freshest portion of the day the different steady thing concerning the gap is we got a gargantuan rock wall to the left so by citing the dwelling over in this portion of the gap as the Sun gets low in a hotter summer time months it’s now no longer hitting the dwelling either I mediate they’d employ the tagline sustainable in this level in time however that’s steady steady have employ the white roof on the dwelling – yep they’re cool roofs the lighter colored roofs to mirror deep abet up into the atmosphere I mediate although the roof and the overhangs contributes to the largest portion of this dwelling effort so cool and doesn’t value from now on you can keep the cool roofs on with shingles and with metal we employ the PVC plastic and that I did the entire roofing myself I bolted all of it collectively so if one thing that felt admire I could maybe well form myself and we spent a range of cash in the bones of the dwelling – we keep comely tubing in the concrete ground and then we’re characteristic as much as keep describe voltaic collectors up on the roof and I supplied a installed an 80 gallon storage tank so at some level of the day and the summer time and the winter time we’ll be heating this ground with the thermostats we’ll steady characteristic it at 72 degrees and then all day lengthy it’s the employ of the Sun to warmth the bottom because this dwelling stays the temperature that this ground stays because it’s so tiny then here’s the mechanic so we get got that’s the storage tank for the describe voltaic collectors and then here’s their tankless water heater here you realize we narrate twice as significant cash on a immense high efficiency water heater however it’s 96% efficient we can bustle the washer and the dishwasher and had pick a shower the entire an identical time never bustle out of sizzling water we spent about 160,000 greenbacks on the come and that included have costs and all of our allowing however we ended up doing we did 60 or 70 p.c of the work ourselves that’s what made it real looking and that’s what led us by stuff admire this [Applause] as soon as this dwelling used to be constructed we got 50 calls from those that wished container houses and they all say the an identical thing I’ve steadily dreamed of it so there’s a definite romanticism concerning the employ of them that americans surely surely admire it’s admire building blocks admire Legos steady of those 50 those that get known as since here’s completed they all delivery with I steadily dreamed of organising and pick the container dwelling how significant does it value it’s steadily the an identical is it the an identical as framing and I account for them the entire an identical thing it no doubt might maybe well additionally be more cost-effective than framing it could in point of fact fleet salvage more pricey than framing and it has to form with understanding the the pieces you’re working with while you admire to get to pick out the general aspects out of each and each of the containers and employ high-discontinuance finishes it’s going to be a lot more pricey than framing while you admire to get to be value wide awake and form it in phases and be quiet to where you’re getting the most value out of your buck you can positively place cash over framing you realize there’s some inherent value financial savings in that these don’t require right footings the footings are finest in the corners where a framed haphazard hundreds of linear toes of concrete footings however that can with out problems be eaten up by cutting an mountainous hole in the aspect of inserting a roll-up door as he goes as much as my door I like it I like it stop some stuff to salvage this doors it used to be potentially Bayou Gospel memoir I love that raid everybody that calls they steadily all say the an identical thing I steadily dreamed about building a dwelling out of containers so there’s steady as constructed-up romanticism of us settle on to form it finally getting to some degree where a person that dreamed about it steadily we surely completed one it constructed it and residing in it and loves it exhibits that it’s attainable