We’ve been living on a building site for ten months now. I’m sure you are wondering where and how exactly we are living since our house is not yet built. What problems have we faced with our temporary accommodation? How have we solved them?Continue reading Caravan Life on a Building Site
I might have mentioned once or twice on this blog that having a clay soil causes a few complications when building. A few months ago we dug some holes where we wanted to plant the concrete footings on which our container house would sit. However we didn’t have the the final specs from the structural engineer and were unable to finish the work. We are glad we did dig the holes though, because it gave us a good opportunity to examine the soil type; all information useful for us and the structural engineer. Now we have received the final specs for the shipping container house footings from the structural engineer, John Moll, so can continue the work.Continue reading Digging for the Footings Again
Even though we had extra time over December to work on the Container House Project, we were not able to do as much on the project as we would have liked. The construction industry shuts down in December. We were not able to hire equipment or buy materials. However, just before the holidays began in earnest, we managed to complete a substantial chunk of the ground preparation on the property. Therefore, welcome to our first blog post for 2019!Continue reading A Head Start on the Earthworks – Ground Preparation
It seems a bit crazy to buy lots of building sand and stones for our shipping container house when we have tonnes of the stuff right under our feet. There is a reason why we have done so, and this post explains what we bought and why we bought it. Building a home is kind of like baking a cake; you use different ingredients for different purposes, depending on how you want the end product to turn out.
Today we have another guest post for you. I recently enjoyed a visit from a friend I have known for many years and don’t get to see very often. She kindly and voluntarily wrote up a guest post for this blog and although I’m sure she’s exaggerating somewhat below, we know you’ll enjoy her visitor’s perspective of our project.
Sadly, I can’t share with you any links for Lara’s other work. Although Lara has written some very interesting pieces over the years, she’s not sharing anything online at the moment.
So, without further ado, please enjoy Lara’s perspective on our project:
Are you looking to build your own shipping container house? If you are, there are some financial implications you might not be aware of that we have just discovered the hard way. Finance for shipping container homes is hard to come by in South Africa.
If you’ve been following our blog, you will already know that we moved from Cape Town to the countryside at the start of our shipping container project, about six months ago. Would you like to know what differences there have been to our daily lives since we moved?
Okay, we admit it. October’s giveaway was more for the girls than it was for the guys.
November’s giveaway is one that the guys are definitely going to want. We’ve been dropping hints for the last few weeks, but we won’t keep you in suspense anymore. It’s time for the 85 piece mechanic’s toolbox giveaway!
Do we have a treat for you today! A guest post by Stacy of Sawdust & High Heels.
We asked Stacy the question: What is your favourite DIY tool? Although she answered “paint”, which is not technically a “tool”, I can see where she’s going with this. Paint is the tool she uses to achieve the desired look and feel for a project she’s working on. She has had some amazing results.
Enough from me. Take it away, Stacy!
If you’ve had a look at the header image of this post, you can probably already tell that our roof is going to be totally different! We are so excited about it. You are probably asking yourself why we chose this type of roof.