Now that I have reached the stage of having all my plans and permits approved I thought it about time to start my own thread.
I am building a house from shipping containers. I also plan to do as much as possible by myself. This includes all house designs, plans, permits and construction.
There were several reasons why I chose this containers - one being ease of construction and the second cost savings. As I will be doing this on my own most of the time I had to seriously think about the actual construction. And doubting my own abilities to build structurally sound and load bearing walls, after lots of considerations (such as looking at flat pack/kit homes, pre-fab granny flats etc) I hit upon the idea of a container home.
This was several years ago and before I had heard of such creatures. It was only once I began researching the idea that I discovered a lot of other people had come up with the idea before me. Kit homes still required numbers of people as all of the ones I had seen being constructed online involved building walls etc on the ground and then raising them - a group effort.
I also looked at costs of having a steel kit home made - but both the costs and the ordinariness of the designs put me off. The idea of having containers placed onto piers would then basically entail me cladding the structure internally and externally - something I could envisage doing by myself.
I chose the name Tondelver House after my partner of many years passed away about 6 years ago. We were in the early stages of looking at buying our first house together - so the name is an amalgam of parts of both our surnames and acts as a sort of memorial.
I have been a sculptor for most of my life so I am hoping the skills developed in this career will help me in my building work. My biggest sculpture yet!
I haven't gotten very far as yet but I will make a few posts with pictures to bring this thread up to the point at which I am now currently at.