The roof was finished on December 21, 2009 – talk about cutting it close. Aside from a little snow, the weather was very nice for that time of year. I actually prefer working in the cold weather for this type of thing – definitely better than doing it in August. It took three to four people two full days to both frame and panel the roof. Continue reading
I guess the first roof related decision for a shipping container builder is whether or not to even have one. Considering that I have three connected containers, am in Wisconsin with ~50 psf snow loads, and that the inner walls are removed, I felt a roof was a good idea. In designing the roof I needed to consider the style, pitch, overhang, roofing material, and structure. Continue reading
The containers arrived on December 7th 2009. It was a bit later than I wanted, but my contractor said they wanted the ground to be frozen before they brought in their crane. I also think they wanted to wait until after deer season was over. They felt the containers were light enough for just nylon straps, although I would have been a bit more comfortable with chains myself. Continue reading
I wasn’t able to be there when they poured the concrete for the walls, so I only have pictures of the finished product. I’m usually a little worried when I’m not there to supervise, but everything worked out OK. I had come this day to lay down landscape fabric and stone around the foundation. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a mistake. Continue reading
The excavation and footings were completed on September 21st 2009. As you can see in the pics below it was a beautiful day – Fall in Northern Wisconsin is one of my favorite seasons.
Here is the back wall trench just getting started. The excavator is actually my next door (1/2 mile away) neighbor. I’ve got to say it’s nice to have a neighbor with earth moving equipment. Continue reading