Yearly Archives: 2010

Roof Plans

Cabin roof

Cabin roof

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 Arrive

Container being lifted onto foundation

Container being lifted onto foundation

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

The Finished Foundation

Completed foundation

Completed foundation

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

Excavation and Footings

Excavating one of the foundation walls

Excavating one of the foundation walls

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

Foundation Plans

The foundation is one of the few things that I needed to get professional help in designing.  I wanted to make sure it was done correctly and safely, especially when the internal walls were going to be completely removed.  After looking high and low for an engineer that could help me with shipping container construction, I found George Runkle at Runkle Consulting, Inc.  He has a lot of experience in this area, and has even developed his own computer programs to analyze the structural integrity of shipping containers when they are modified. Continue reading