Three social distancing concrete parties later and our dear friends helped us complete the interior concrete work. Now that the interior concrete is complete we can start contemplating the floor finish.
We had a lot of fun with experiments on the north container wing. It’s finally ready for habitation and we are so pleased with the results. This container has worked out be so cozy and is really a friendly space. It’s going to be the perfect living space for winter and we don’t expect it to be too hot for winter. We were excited to be able to release our north wing interior reveal in April 2021.
After many months of hard work we are finally able to reveal the full interior of the south wing of our container house project. This blue and white interior matches perfectly with the exterior of our somewhat nautical themed house made from shipping containers. This section is now liveable so we can now more onto other sections of the house and slowly finish off bits and pieces of this side as we find the time to do so.
The coronavirus pandemic moved the home office / study up in our schedule as there’ll be more working from home happening. It can also double as a sleeping space in an emergency.
After two weeks of much stress, we finally had the containers positioned for our house. Things did not initially go according to plan, but once our friends at Container King became involved, all our problems disappeared. We cannot believe that it took less than two hours to get all the containers onto their footings!
It was an exciting day when the last of the concrete footings were cast! The blocks of concrete is what the shipping containers will sit on. This is what will support our house and make it stable and safe to live in. We required twelve footings to anchor the containers to the ground. This is a very important aspect of the project.
After much searching for a geotechnical engineer and deliberation thereof, we finally came back in contact with John Moll of GM Civil Engineers. Finally things fell in place and we were able to make our final decision.
After much anticipation we finally received a text message from the Swartland Municipality informing us that the plans had been approved and were ready for collection. Although we can now legally begin building the container house, we still have a few paperwork issues to finalize.
It meant a trip to Ceres, but we finally managed to pass scrutiny. Our plans have been submitted and fees paid. Now we wait for the final approval. We are nervous but keeping positive! Despite the extra time delays we are happy we decided to submit ourselves as we have managed to gain an understanding of the process and what is required by municipalities in regards to plans.
Blog post: Plans Submission; Attempt Two
The first thing we did after taking possession of our new property, was to secure the yard by installing an amazing new gate. Kevin and Louis made a fabulous gate that suits our needs extremely well.