One of the things we wanted to accomplish with the Container House Project, was to make it an as eco-friendly a project as possible. We used the scruffiest shipping containers we could find, we are using reclaimed wood for the frames in which the windows will fit, and many of our bathroom fixtures will be reclaimed from previous installations too. Last week, we had the opportunity to lay our hands on some reclaimed crate wood.Continue reading We Have Reclaimed Crate Wood
If you want your house to look really good, it’s all about the finishes. So, we probably didn’t need to put an exterior ceiling up over the deck area, but it makes it all look so much smarter. Putting a ceiling up here also gave us the opportunity to board up all the supporting structure; exactly where we don’t want birds making nests. It also allowed us to board up the space between the arched roof and the top of the shipping container which is another place birds might like to nest.Continue reading The Exterior Ceiling Over the Deck
Believe it or not, we’ve started painting a section of the container house project with the Nautilous Blue Paint. It looks amazing! We’re so impressed with the result and know you are going to love it too.Continue reading Blue Paint On The Container House!
It is so very exciting! We have completed the fibre cement board cladding on the very first exterior wall. We have several walls to go, but we have perfected the technique on this first wall, and are ready to tackle the cladding on the rest of the container house project. Read on and see the photos.Continue reading We Begin With The Fibre Cement Board Cladding
We are very excited to announce that we have finally made up our minds regarding the exterior paint colour for the container house project. Read on to find out what we have chosen.Continue reading We Have Chosen Our Exterior Paint Colour!
It can be difficult choosing house paint colours. There are quite a few points to consider and it is not just about choosing a colour you like. So we would love to hear your thoughts on the paint we should get for our container house project!Continue reading Help Us With Choosing House Paint Colours
It has been a slow week. There has been a lot of rain. Kevin has been sick in bed with “man flu”. So nothing much has happened on the house. But, the downtime did give us a lot of time to consider our current dilemma; how best to install the shipping container windows.Continue reading Shipping Container Windows Dilemma
What do you do when your structural engineer asks you to put in another supporting beam after the roof has been installed? Well, you install one, of course! Our next step, therefore, was to work on the lattice girder installation. A lattice girder would be lighter and cheaper than an I-beam and just as strong.Continue reading Lattice Girder Installation
Kevin came up with an ingenious way to level the K-Span roof. And it is looking beautiful! With a standard roof, the roof plates or tiles rely on the beams and trusses underneath to keep it level. If a standard roof is not straight, you know you have a problem with the underlying structure. With a beamless system, such as the K-Span, it’s a little different. The K-Span roof is self-supporting and therefore just needed some adjustment to get it level.Continue reading How We Levelled the K-Span Roof
We hired a lot of scaffolding in order to complete the work on the K-Span Roof. We hired our favourite system because we believe it to be the best type available in South Africa. Do you want to know what three and a half tonnes of scaffolding looks like? Read on…Continue reading The Best Scaffolding To Complete the K-Span Roof