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We Have Reclaimed Crate Wood

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.

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The Exterior Ceiling Over the Deck

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.

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We Begin With The Fibre Cement Board Cladding

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.

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Lattice Girder Installation

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.

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How We Levelled the K-Span Roof

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.

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The Best Scaffolding To Complete 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…

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