In Episode 1 we’ll go over the fundamental concerns for purchasing transport containers, clarify how we obtained constructing permits for a transport container home and present how we constructed the concrete foundations.

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Shopping for the Transport Containers:
We bought one journey situation hi-cube containers. California requires that transport containers used for properties have documentation exhibiting that haven’t had poisonous or radioactive supplies in them. This usually signifies that you want one journey situation containers with applicable certificates. I purchased my containers from
and paid $4800 every for the 40-foot hi-cube containers and $3250 for the 20-foot hi-cube container. Hello-cube containers are a foot taller than typical transport containers.

I like to recommend entering into individual to the native constructing division exhibiting them the survey and asking them for a guidelines of all the pieces that must be accomplished to get constructing permits. The survey is essential as a result of it exhibits the constructing dept each the bodily nature of the property and paperwork its authorized boundaries and historical past. I defined that I wished to construct a transport container home and requested for a whole guidelines of all the pieces I would want to get finished and submit so as to get constructing permits.

Architectural Design
I used the structure agency I co-founded, ZeroEnergy Design, to provide the architectural drawings. Regardless that I’m a co-owner I made certain to pay the agency for the hours of preparation that this activity would take. It could be unfair to my companions if I used agency assets for my very own private challenge. I paid $5000 for the creation of the architectural drawings.

Structural Engineering
I despatched the architectural drawings over to the structural engineering agency I employed, they usually created the structural particulars and created a package deal of calculations exhibiting that these particulars would meet all code necessities and end in a secure and robust constructing. This package deal of drawings and calculations was required by the constructing dept. My structure agency primarily practices on the east coast and doesn’t have a stamp in California so I had the structural engineering agency stamp the drawings. The constructing dept gave me the choice of getting both the structure agency or the engineering agency stamp the paperwork.

Basis design:
We ended up constructing a monolithic on slab on grade concrete basis. We labored on designs for some piers that will have saved in materials prices however then the house beneath the container would have been categorized as a crawl house and the underside of the container must be 18” off the bottom at a minimal. This might imply I must construct stairs and railing for all of the decks.

Grading the positioning and excavating for the inspiration
I rented a bulldozer and employed an operator to degree a portion of the positioning the place I wished to position the home. I then rented a again hoe to dig out the footings for the inspiration.

Constructing the types
The types had been constructed out of 2x8s screwed to metal stakes that we hammered into the bottom.

We used #four rebar to bolster the concrete. This was wired collectively to match the structural drawings.

Concrete Day
Concrete day was fairly thrilling. We needed to pump the concrete to one of many basis slabs as a result of the truck couldn’t get shut sufficient with out driving over the opposite types.

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