Building a Shipping Container Home | EP01Permits and Foundation Design Stáhnout

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  • 13 lut 2019

  • In Episode 1 we will go over the basic considerations for buying shipping containers, explain how we got building permits for a shipping container house and show how we constructed the concrete foundations. This is the first episode in our series on shipping container houses. #shippingcontainer #shippingcontainerhome #shippingcontainerhouse Link to the company i bought my shipping containers from: Follow us on instagram for project updates: Shop the Container Home: Explore the Container Home: We are still working on getting the website for this project up and running so please be patient. Buying the Shipping Containers: We purchased one trip condition hi-cube containers. California requires that shipping containers used for homes have documentation showing that have not had toxic or radioactive materials in them. This normally means that you need one trip condition containers with appropriate certificates. I bought my containers from and paid $4800 each for the 40-foot hi-cube containers and $3250 for the 20-foot hi-cube container. Hi-cube containers are a foot taller than typical shipping containers. Permits: I recommend going in person to the local building department showing them the survey and asking them for a checklist of everything that needs to be completed to get building permits. The survey is important because it shows the building dept both the physical nature of the property and documents its legal boundaries and history. I explained that I wanted to build a shipping container house and asked for a complete checklist of everything I would need to get done and submit in order to get building permits. Architectural Design I used the architecture firm I co-founded, ZeroEnergy Design, to produce the architectural drawings. Even though I am a co-owner I made sure to pay the firm for the hours of preparation that this task would take. It would be unfair to my partners if I used firm resources for my own personal project. I paid $5000 for the creation of the architectural drawings. Structural Engineering I sent the architectural drawings over to the structural engineering firm I hired, and they created the structural details and created a package of calculations showing that these details would meet all code requirements and result in a safe and strong building. This package of drawings and calculations was required by the building dept. My architecture firm primarily practices on the east coast and does not have a stamp in California so I had the structural engineering firm stamp the drawings. The building dept gave me the option of having either the architecture firm or the engineering firm stamp the documents. Foundation design: We ended up building a monolithic on slab on grade concrete foundation. We worked on designs for some piers that would have saved in material costs but then the space underneath the container would have been classified as a crawl space and the bottom of the container would have to be 18” off the ground at a minimum. This would mean I would have to build stairs and railing for all the decks. Grading the site and excavating for the foundation I rented a bulldozer and hired an operator to level a portion of the site where I wanted to place the house. I then rented a back hoe to dig out the footings for the foundation. Building the forms The forms were built out of 2x8s screwed to steel stakes that we hammered into the ground. Reinforcement We used #4 rebar to reinforce the concrete. This was wired together to match the structural drawings. Concrete Day Concrete day was pretty exciting. We had to pump the concrete to one of the foundation slabs because the truck couldn’t get close enough without driving over the other forms. Check out HomeMade Modern our DIY Channel:


  • Joshua Dodge
    Joshua Dodge 1 rok temu (edytowany)

    This is the great thing about West Virginia:

  • Chris Lord
    Chris Lord 11 miesięcy temu

    7 minutes in and the most important thing I learned was "stay away from California".

  • sm177y2369
    sm177y2369 7 miesięcy temu

    This was absurdly expensive for something that the whole point of is to save money vs a traditional house.

  • TallStarlite
    TallStarlite 1 rok temu

    I have 32 years in Concrete foundations experience and with ground that hard where you had to use metal stakes You don't need a monolithic foundation for that container!!!

  • Pittas Savvas
    Pittas Savvas 1 rok temu

    Did you get a permit for this video? Ah, now you're in for it.

  • Justin
    Justin 1 rok temu

    Your first mistake was trying to build anything in California.

  • obigrumpywan kenobi
    obigrumpywan kenobi 1 rok temu

    I thought the idea was a low cost home made from a Shipping Container ! watching this it probably would have cost less to buy a normal house

  • barry kelly
    barry kelly 1 rok temu

    25g in permits to set a shipping container in the desert? Good luck with the rest of that nightmare.

  • Toomanyweasels
    Toomanyweasels 1 rok temu

    This would be an affordable way to build as long as you first pick a state that isn't California

  • The Collector
    The Collector 10 miesięcy temu

    All I heard was "California sucks" for this whole series.

  • herr mozart
    herr mozart 1 rok temu

    Those workers wondering why this guy wants to live in boxes in the middle of the desert

  • Justin Case
    Justin Case 1 rok temu (edytowany)

    $25,000 for permits?! Legalized and government regulated bribery.

  • Sitiveni12
    Sitiveni12 1 rok temu

    This video could've been half as long if you didn't build in California

  • GadsdenFlyer !
    GadsdenFlyer ! 1 rok temu (edytowany)

    No respect for the grinder while cutting rebar? That thing spins at 15k rpms and the cutting wheels can shatter while in use, sending fragments of the wheel at body piercing speeds. Wear gloves and a face shield. And sneakers with no socks?? Come on dude, you're working with metals. Be smart and keep your body parts.

  • Colby Green
    Colby Green 8 miesięcy temu

    "I was allowed to move 50 square yards of dirt." Sad.

  • Crafter Maker
    Crafter Maker 1 rok temu (edytowany)

    This is some next level YouTube. I feel like you could make the episodes a little longer. This way better than anything on TV. There is so much good stuff here.

  • Jack Ol'Bean
    Jack Ol'Bean 1 rok temu

    wait wait, you needed a permit to move dirt out there in the middle of nowhere? holy crap!!! Nothing like gov't overreach.

  • wvoutdoorman
    wvoutdoorman 1 rok temu

    allowed to move your own soil. That's crazy stuff. California no thanks

  • J R Deckard
    J R Deckard 1 rok temu

    In South Chicago they turn homes into shipping containers.

  • ssjwes
    ssjwes 1 rok temu

    Imagine what you could've done with this build with an extra 25k.