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.
In May we began digging the holes where the footings will be located. No concrete casting can take place until the plans are approved, but this gave us an opportunity to examine the soil conditions.
After many painful weeks of trying to find a structural engineer, we were finally ready to take our paperwork in to be scrutinized by the Malmesbury City Council. A few adjustments need to be made so it’s back to the drawing board.
We managed to source two damaged shipping containers and had them delivered to site without any problems. This marks the arrival of the first shipping containers to be used on the house!
After many months of hard work we received back the plans from the architect. Kevin had spent many hours drawing up the perfect concept for our family and then it was onto Aubrey Philander, our architect, to draw up the final plans for submission.