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These prefab house “cube” designs are by Prefab Woning, whose concepts aim at being suitable for permanent residence and are available in many designs.
The basis of all these cubical prefabs is always being constructed from steel containers. This is a prefabricated building technology that means your house is not only robust but also affordable.
Depending on your needs, the steel walls of the Cubes can be left visible or covered so they aren’t visible. Thus, the steel plates can be painted in any color, or can be finished with Western Red Cedar as a maintenance-free wood replacement. At an additional cost, the outside of all the shipping containers can also be finished with stone strips.
With over 20 years of construction experience, Prefab Woning can quite fill some pages with examples of successfully completed projects. They specialize in prefabricated solutions, and have worked in steel, timber and combinations of both. The application of these building techniques is very diverse, allowing them to achieve both ground-level or lower construction, summer house style, dormers and even complete prefabricated houses.
Here is a sample of their prefabricated housing solutions based on the various cubes they offer. Since they always provide customized houses, each cube is different. Keep in mind that virtually every adjustment possible.
For more from Prefab Woning, find them in our directory of prefab house builders and designers.
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Every once in a while, we come across a unique or unusual idea that might interest people for their camping and outdoors adventures, so we thought we’d put a page together for these here. We’ll update this page as we go, so if you like the things on it, you might want to bookmark this page and check back in a few weeks or a month or something.
How Many Shelters You Can Make With A Tarp
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It takes 5 days for this company to add one of their prefab house additions to your building. A work week of time.
They do a number of different model designs, but we liked this one in the photo above. More photos below (they all expand).
The exterior cladding on this one is Western Red Cedar and the frame is wood also. Construction time for this, in and out, is 5 days, and to remove one the time is the same, if you ever need to move yours. They also have a 10 year warranty.
This wooden prefab development was done in Abcoude, Utrecht province – that’s a ways away from many of us, who live in North Americans, but the idea is still good, to know how long and get a look at these additions. The two skylights in the roof of the house make the interior of this prefab light and spacious.
For more information about Prefast, who builds these units, find them in our directory of prefab homes.
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Every once in a while, we come across a unique or unusual idea that might interest people for their own homes and gardens, so we thought we’d put a page together for these here. We’ll update this page as we go, so if you like the things on it, you might want to bookmark this page and check back in a few weeks or a month or something.
Here are some DIY raised garden beds. One of them is actually a bench / raised garden:
Swedish Fire Torch Log Grill. The flat, stable cooking surface directs heat into pots or pans, which reduces heating time. Cook for large groups like scout troops, hunting parties, or family gatherings without the need to continuously feed a fire. The MITI-001 is just as effective as a large wood or gas stoves when it comes to heat and efficiency.
Rechargeable Bug Vacuum Spider Catcher, powered by a built-in rechargeable Battery, already installed in the device, charged with a USB cable which is included in the package. ★Eco-friendly, non-toxic, humane and chemical free.
Portable woodburning stove, heats up tents, yurts & tiny homes
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Of all the building types, from timber frame to log homes to earth buildings, shipping containers, and so on, one of the sturdiest, most durable and reusable is metal building. Building with metal means the materials of the house can be cheaper, easier to set up, and that the material itself can even be used again later when it’s recycled to make something else.
Some metal buildings are a less expensive than other building styles, and there are many metal kit homes available from companies who often also do the set-up. They arrive on your site and quickly put your metal house up, or they could be prefabricated or partially prefabricated at the company’s factory and then transported out, meaning even less building time and less mess on site.
These metal homes are built by companies we’ve already indexed in our Metal Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can go there and search out the name of the company, and also find builders near your area.
Nice metal building home in grey
Built by Muller Inc.
Another red barn kit metal home
By Mueller Inc.
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What does it take to build a shipping container house?
Building a container house may seem simple. Just connect two, three or however many used containers in a house. The final cost of the container house includes more than just a couple shipping containers, though, because naturally you need to arrange the containers and building site, and outfit the building for living.
The price of the package is important. But the price of the what’s in the shipping home is also important: doors, fittings, finishes, heating …
NOTE: There are photos to illustrate the sizes of these containers and the types of homes at the bottom of the article. It might be best to go down there and look through them first, so you can know what’s being explained. You can also refer to the images as you go along.
HOW MUCH DOES A CONTAINER COST?
To build a house you need a container or multiple containers. They come both new or used. A container can be purchased from your dealer. Suppliers are often in large commercial ports.
40 foot container: A container costs between $2200 and $3300 US.
It takes one or two containers to build up a cabin or a small house. The shipping containers come painted. Transportation and installation of the package has an additional price. An old container can cost much less, but you have to buy a waterproof container, so make sure it meets that requirement.
The price of the container also depends on the manufacture, and on the quantity purchased. The price to buy 1 or 10 containers is not the same. For a good price, the used container is a better deal. The best solution is to go to a port or containers are numerous and where providers are also numerous.
Shipping containers are closed metal boxes, and there are different sizes of containers, but 40 meters is the largest and most widely used construction container. This container produces mainly cube-shaped houses. These houses can be considered a byproduct of the industrial international transport to a degree, and are environmentally friendly in the sense that they re-use what is otherwise no longer needed.
20 foot container dimensions: Length : 6.058mm Width : 2.438mm Length: 2.591mm. Internal dimensions Length : 5.910mm Width : 2.340mm Length: 2.388mm. Opening Width : 2.346mm Length: 2.282mm cubing : 33,2m. Maximum weight : 24.000kg Tara : 2.080kg Load 21.920kg.
40 foot container dimensions Length: 12.192mm Width : 2.438mm Length: 2.591mm. Internal dimensions Length : 12.044mm Width : 2.342mm Length: 2.380mm. Opening Width : 2.337mm Length: 2.280mm Takeoff : 67.6 m. Maximum weight : 30.480kg Tara : 3.550kg Load 26.930kg.
Location considerations: In a hot climate beach-side location, like the interesting tiny house in Sri Lankan (photo below), a shipping container house can be built with materials on and around the site, including a few domestic containers and deconstructed remains of old wooden boxes from weapons. This container house was built with a single container. The waterfront home is located right on the beach, and you can see how well suited it would be considering the heat of the country and the breeze coming from the open water.
Construction container is trendy, it’s increasing in the world for both emergency shelters and for for modern and contemporary construction.
This house is not a house in France. The orange is a popular color for containers! This modern home has been designed with just shipping boxes. The modular boxes are assembled by connecting two under a single roof. All overlooking a bay window instead of a wall. The industrial style is real, but it is a special home because of its unique design.
Here is a small house project container with solar panels for home energy. The possibilities are endless with containers and multiple projects are possible.
Because this building style is a growing trend, architects around the world are working on these concept homes. Some are covered with wood, so they do not appear to be made with metal once they’re finished.
As some might guess, the container house is also popular where labor is cheaper and where people have less money, such as China. In fact, China ships shipping container homes around the world, competing with American, European and other companies.
Why build a house with containers?
The first is probably price. Even if you can’t afford to build a wooden house from a builder, you may have enough to be able to afford a shipping container design.
Also, if you want to save money by building the house yourself, you might not have the experience for framing with wood.
Container houses are strong.
A container is a very sturdy structure. They are stacked 8 levels on top of each other, filled with a maximum load 26.5T. A container can carry 213T. So stacking for houses is something the shipping container is capable of. However, attention has to be paid how they are stacked.
They’re also suitable for any size of house – small or large – and any type – for example, single dwelling or large apartment complex. They can also be added on to or split up to modify the building design.
See our list of shipping container homes and designs we’ve featured here. See our directory of shipping container homes for more information about them. Gallery of examples:
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This small river turbine can power a lot of your house needs. It’s called the Idénergie river turbine,
“We estimate that 1.4 billion individuals across the world are without electricity, most living in rural and distant areas inaccessible to the national or regional electricity grid. The most common energy solution available is the use of gas generators which are polluting and can be expensive to maintain in the long term. As an alternative, the use of green technologies is rapidly growing.
“Renewable energy solutions are gaining popularity especially in the residential market. Billions of dollars are invested every year on solar and wind systems. However these renewable energy products do not represent optimal solutions for meeting individual needs due to intermittent production of energy resulting in weather variations. In consequence, these systems are only used to 12% to 35% of their capacity implicating an over sizing of installations and storage systems to accumulate the energy when produced. However one regular and predictable energy source is unexploited: the river.”
“Our turbine can be dismantled in separate pieces in order to facilitate shipping to the the most remote locations and is ready to assemble on site. This allows for a simple and fast installation which requires only 2 individuals in less than a 24 hour period. The turbine is attached to a stable pillar from the front with a steel cable and is deposited on the river bed, self positioning in the fluid like a kite. Electrical DC connections are simplified by the presence of our embedded electrical converter. All that’s left to do is connect the output cable to your batteries, without any additional electric equipment.”
For more about Indergie’s project, visit their website.
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It is essential for students to live comfortably but at a lower cost. Along Copenhagen Harbour, shipping containers are transformed into low-cost housing for this particular concern among students. They are stacked on a floating platform in order to come up with functional and modern student residences.
The plan for this shipping container houseboat consists of nine shipping containers that are stacked and arranged on a floating base. From here, 15 studio-type residences are created on two levels. The blocks are made to angle with their ends overlapping to create a shared garden right in the center of the mobile platforms. This structure is also meant to provide protection to the housing from rising sea levels.
The flat roofs of three containers which form the upper floor are transformed into functional areas like a terrace, solar panel hosts and a grassed roof.
The project was designed by Bjarke Ingel’s firm and is called Urban Rigger. The main idea was to provide affordable and budget-friendly accommodation for the students right in the heart of Copenhagen docked in the harbour.
For more of Bjarke Ingels Group’s work, find them in our shipping container homes directory.
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These mountain cabins are something else. They’re rustic, yet these guys build them to be not just for wilderness retreats, but also for more modern purposes: park model RVs, park cabins, log cabins, HUD single section, HUD multi-section or Modular Cabins. The uses they can be put to are also wide: getaway cabins, vacation cabins, fishing or hunting cabins, and ranch cabins, Kind of neat, huh.
Pine Mountain Cabins come with covered decks, bunk rooms, rustic yellow pine cabinetry, real wood accents, cedar stained fiber cement lap siding by James Hardie, and galvanized roofs. They are designed to take the wear and tear of rustic vacation living and come in sizes from 250 square feet up to over 1300 square feet. There is truly a design and size to fit every need.
According to the company, “Pine Mountain Cabins are a product line of Recreational Resort Cottages, a nationally recognized retailer of recreational homes and cabins. Pine Mountain Cabins are designed for the outdoor enthusiast who wants a quality, rustic product for a hunting lodge, fishing cabin, bunk retreat, a home on the lake, log cabin, or just a private getaway in the country. To accommodate every need, Pine Mountain Cabins are available as RV Park Models, HUD Cabins and Modular Cabins.”
Here’s some of their work:
For more information on Pine Mountain Cabins’ modular cabins, park models, or other buildings, find them in our cabin builder and designer directory.
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According to the designers, “Fording a stream is necessary to reach this cabin, nestled into a valley in Southeastern Minnesota. The design features a central soapstone wood stove, southern and eastern views and a unique bed-berth. Local hardwoods were used for doors and cabinets.”
This is the “Trout Fishing Cabin”, designed by Dale Mulfinger with Abbie Seba. Construction was done by WA Kreofsky
Photographs: Troy Thies
Gallery of images of this great 1600 square foot rustic cabin house design:
For more from home designers, find them in our Building Homes and Living directory.
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