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We now have a shower in the bathroom container

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I have now extended the existing roof structure to cover the main living container. This video will show how I did this. We are using the sun roof as passive air conditioning and also to collect rainwater for drinking.

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After our more astute friends in Scotland pointed out there are “Nae windaes” (No windows). I made a frame to fit a pre loved window and we tacked it into place and marked up the opening. We cut the hole and Robin welded the frame in place. We painted and sealed the edges and then fitted the window. Big improvement.

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The biggest challenge in the bush in Australia without air conditioning is keeping cool in summer. Step one – build a big sun shade. Insects eat wood, wood catches fire. Answer – make it in metal. The roof is made in 3m x 3m sections, each is removable. I have only built a single section so far to test the design. The tin was recycled from another roof that no longer needed it. This is the biggest meccano set I have ever had.

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Port shipping containers Newcastle NSW gets containers from around the world. The containers are use to ship products around the globe on ships and are never transported empty. This means they grow in large quantities at the docks of all the major ports. We requested “premium grade” containers and they came from Sydney to Newcastle where they were refurbished. We had them  painted green. We added “thermilate” to the paint. Thermilate is a powder that helps the isulation. The powder is a ceramic bead filled with a vacuum that resists conducting heat. It can create a 7 degree drop in temp with only a thin layer.

Added to pain for insulation

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Welcome to this diary of building an off the grid home built from re-used shipping containers.

Objectives: Build and live in an environmentaly friendly, sustainable dwelling in the bush in Australia in sustainable luxury. Generate all water, electricity, heating and cooling needed localy. Plant a small garden and food forest. Build and maintain the dwelling with as much re-used building material as is practical.

Inspiration for the house

The project was started in 2010 when two 40ft containers were purchased.

A temporary location was identified for the containers to go until they were tested and ready for delivery to a final location. All work has to leave the containers fit for transportation again, so modular removable and repeatable processes are used. Example, the roof can be removed in small sections for later assembly.

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