Shipping Container House Architectural Project – Living Tiny Project – Ep. 002

Shipping Container House Architectural Project – Living Tiny Project – Ep. 002


Welcome back Hello! As you can see the containers finally arrived. After 3 months of waiting, long long waiting. The containers arrived! We wish we had more video of this arrival day, but you know… It was raining a lot and it was night when they arrived. Yeah, we were supposed to get the containers at daylight at 11 in the morning. They arrived here 6:30 in the afternoon. So. And it was raining a lot was, I don’t know. We will try to show you some videos of it, but it was really really hard to film. The trucks were here until almost 8:00 at night. 8:30 I guess. 8:30. Yeah. 8:30 at night. But after 3 hours of really hard work the containers our on place. Yeah, and today we are gonna talk about the layout of the containers. But in order to do that we need to solve a problem. Yep. Actually, in order to show the layout of this part of the container, we need to open up a wall, because we cannot access that part of the containers. So, first of all we need to open up a door on the side so we can cut the wall and then we can show the layout. But, in order to do that, let’s just skip this part, and show you this process next week. So, as you can see we already have the wall open. We planned to open up that door and go inside that container and then open up the wall. Yep, actually we did in a different way. We planned to open up that door and go inside that container and then open up the wall. But, we decided we could do actually from the inside of this container. So, we didn’t open up that wall, yet, as we said. But, we got the job done. That’s good. And now we are able to go inside that side of the house, and plan what we are gonna do there in here. Because we have like a basically layout that we did on the computer and paper, but that’s not real life. So, we wanted to try to bring that into reality and make sure we have the right size of furniture, windows, positioning… And actually the first plan was to do with 2 shipping containers, like… Yeah. Actually, the first first plan started with one big straight container. But to make sure you understand, because it’s a little bit complicated, let’s do it now. Well, in order to talk about the tiny shipping container home layout I think it makes more sense to begin by talking about the shipping container itself. I guess I could say that there are mainly two big groups of shipping containers, the refrigerated ones and the dry ones. Well, their names are pretty much self explained. The refrigerated ones, also known as Reefer, are basically to transport anything that needs to be refrigerated. The dry containers are basically used to transport anything else. Well, it’s actually not that simple. In order to have a controlled temperature the reefer containers have a completely different construction. They are made out of stainless steel or aluminum, with an expanded polyurethane core as insulation. The dry containers are basically made out of corrugated corten steel with a plywood flooring. As we wanted to build the interior insulation ourselves, and as steel is a lot easier to work with compared to stainless steel or aluminum, we decided to go with the dry container. So, let’s focus now on this kind of containers. I say containers, in plural, because there are actually few different sizes of dry containers. First, let’s divide them into groups: the 20-foot containers and the 40-foot containers. Well, since the beginning our idea was to build the house in a way that if one day we want to change the location, or even to sell to someone somewhere, we could. So, made more sense for us to use only one shipping container. Well, we agreed that a 20-foot container would be a little bit too small for us. So, we decided to go with the 40-foot shipping container. What, actually, open up another option. The 20-foot container is made only in one height, 2.59 meters. While the 40-foot containers are made in two different heights: 2.59 meters or 2.89 meters. The second option is known as 40-foot high cube shipping container, or just 40-foot HC. Well, this being said, for us there is nothing to think about here, it was a logical choice. After all, a 30 centimeters higher ceiling makes a huge difference in a house. After many attempts we came up with this layout for the house. Here is the main entry of the house. Here is the bedroom, the office, the dining area, the kitchen, the bathroom and this will be a storage area. If you have watched our last episode you must be confused, as we showed a different layout. So, let me explain. The place where we’re gonna build the house is on the top of a hill and to get there the road makes a couple closed turns, making impossible to transport a 40-foot container all the way up the hill. We only realized that when we had all the layout figured out. And we actually liked the results. So, we came up with a solution. Basically the size of one 40-foot container is the same size of two 20-foot containers. So, the idea was, instead of using one 40-foot container we would use two 20-foot containers. And, in this way, we wouldn’t have to change the layout. The only two bad things would be that we would have 30 centimeters lower ceiling, and the fact that we would have to find a solution to connect both containers in a way that we could divide them again for transporting. In the other hand, now we had the option of changing the shape of the house. And that’s when we came up with this L shape. Like always, that was the theory. After deciding, we visit a company that sells used containers and order both containers paid in advance, with the promise that they would arrive in 30 days. But that didn’t happen. 90 days later we found out that the company didn’t have any 20-foot containers and they were just stalling. To make it short we ended up asking for our money back and bought from someone else. We won’t mention the company’s name. But if you want to buy a shipping container in the south of Brazil, let us know by private message, that we can tell you all about our experience. The second company also didn’t have any 20-foot container, but at least they were honest about it. So, we could come up with a solution. So, here is our solution for this problem. We bought a 40-foot container, ask them to cut the container in the middle and to add some structure in both ends of the container. So, it could be transported. This way, we could still have the same layout and with the perk of having our 30 centimeters higher ceiling back. The only thing we actually lost was a second container door, that would be here, and would be used to create a sense shade whenever necessary. Well, we need to find another solution for that. Another thing is that not only we need to find a solution for the container connection, but we also need to create a wall in this part of the container. But, we will talk about that in the future. For now, as we still have a long way to go, let’s get back to the real life. So, the procedure we decided to use is tape and spray painting. So, basically we are gonna draw on the floor and on the walls all the furnitures and the windows, and make sure that’s the correct sized furniture and that’s the right amount of windows, their correct space. And now we have 30 centimeters more than before, so… Yeah, that’s true. Because the original project we had like only two fifty something high ceiling, and now we have 30 centimeters more. So, some things are gonna change. So, let’s work on it? Yeah. So, we are done marking everything. So, now we can show you, guys, how the layout ended up. Yep. So, here’s gonna be the dining area. Yeah, actually this dining area is gonna be like not just a dining area. We have a few things for the dining area. It’s basically the dining area and the guest bedroom. I mean this table, we’re gonna somehow invent, that we didn’t invent yet, but we will invent, something that we can go up and down, so the table comes down to the seat, and the size will become exactly the same size as a double bed. So, we can have like 2 guests. And we have a raised floor for the table. That means the table is going to be 25 centimeters higher than the rest of the house. For a few reasons. Which it is… We can have storage under the seat and the table. So… And the seats as well. So, we can storage a lot of things. Yeah, don’t forget that we are in a tiny house. So, in a tiny house, as we have not much space, we need to use the space as wise as it possible and we need to find storage places everywhere we can. And, another point is who is sitting here is higher than before… It’s just, who is sitting here, if is talking to who is on the kitchen … Like this. So, think about that. If I’m on the kitchen and she is sitting on the table, we are we have the same eye level, and if she was in a standard table, she would be like lower and will be hard to communicate. So, that means we integrate more the kitchen and the dining table. And at the same time you can see the outside much better from the window. Yep, for sure. And now, we have the kitchen. Yeah. I don’t know if you guys noticed, but this whole layout is based a lot all the layouts of sailboats. We both sail, we have a small sailboat. So, we like the layout of sailboats. Yep. We intend to have another one, a bigger one one day. So, that’s basically our 40-foot sailboat on the dry. Yes. So, here, as they call, t’s a galley. That’s the… the galley is the kitchen for the boat. It’s a u-shape galley. With space, enough space for a small fridge. A 2.. Everything actually. 2 burns stove. Everything you can imagine. And we’re gonna have a window here. Small window, just like… A little bit more. A little bit more, maybe like this. We don’t know yet. And another storage here. Or maybe a litlle bit more. We don’t know the size yet. We didn’t decide the design yet. Yeah. The problem is when we had… We used to think we’re gonna do the container house on a 20-foot container, we had 30 centimeters lower, as you guys know, for the ceiling. And we planned to have this storage from here all the way up. But now as it’s too high, I think it’s gonna be a waste on storage because it’s just going to be hard to get all the way up there. So, we don’t know yet if you’re gonna do all the way up or if not. If you have any opinion about that, just let us know. Just comment below and say what you think. I’m pretty sure that it won’t be until the top. After the kitchen we have the bathroom. The shower. So the bathroom is after this wall. I don’t know if you understand, but this red thing is a wall. And there’s gonna be a door there. And inside the bathroom is gonna be? The shower or the bath. We don’t know yet. So, the bathroom is gonna be… the shower is gonna be in this side and then you’re gonna have the toilet and then we have the sink. After that we have another wall. If you … I don’t know if you can see there, there’s another wall. And after that wall, that wall is gonna close the whole container, so you won’t have access to the outside anymore through the container door. And we’re gonna have a storage area after the wall. And that storage area we only be able to access through the outside. So, it can storage our tools. Because we ended up buying too much tools for the building. But we still have a big, big question, that it is: Should we leave the storage area as it is right now, that is only 80 centimeters wide, by 2.3 meters? Or we should open up both container’s door, like… Let me show you in a better way. So, the other ideia is to expand a little bit the … this part of the container. The size of the doors. Yeah. The thing is .. We think that if we have a storage place, that’s like only this wide, we’re just gonna storage things. And if you have tools that are all storage in hard places to access, we are not gonna use the tools. So, I think the best way would be to have our own workshop, where we have the tools on the bench and we have like everything accessible for using. So, one of the solutions is to open up both container’s door. So, basically we would get this doors, open up 90 degrees, somehow lock the doors on place. We would build a extra floor here, a extra ceiling, a extra wall and a extra door. And this would become a Workshop area. That we could have like a workbench, and we… I mean we could have all the tools ready to use whatever you need to. What do you think? Yep. We don’t know yet. Yeah, I mean we don’t know if that’s a nice idea: to modify the container or not. Let us know what you think. If this is just a stupid idea or if that must, might work. But, to make sure, this is going to be the last thing we do on the whole project. So, we can think about it, and we can decide if is the right solution. Yeah. So… That is it. No. Let’s go today the west side of the container. This one, as we like to call, is the west container, I mean, the west side of the container. Here is the main entrance. That is not there yet, but it’s gonna be the entry door. Yeah. Here is our office. As we work with video, by now you must know, we spend a lot of time on the computer. So, we have 2 computers. One for each. So, this is the office area. And, my computer is gonna be here, I think, hers is gonna be there. And here we are gonna the TV on this L part, so we can watch TV either from the bed behind or from the dining table, that you saw already. That way. Yeah. Here is gonna be like a platform. It’s like a raised floor. From here, all the way… So, it’s gonna be 30 centimeters higher than the regular floor. And we gonna have the bed on the top. Yeah. And here, next to it, is gonna be the wardrobe. Here, we are gonna have a window, behind. Here and here. Another window here. Here is gonna be the bed. And we stiil have some storage here, but we didn’t decided yet, how big it is and how it is. Yeah. The main problem is… we still need to decide the size of this window. So, we can decide the size of the storage on the top. And if we are gonna have the storage only here or if we gonna have here and there. So, it’s something that we still need.. Or if it’s just this or if it goes all the way to the top. Yeah. Here we plan to have a seat. So friends can sit around the computer and storage underneath. And maybe, I’m not sure, we might have solution to make this become a single bed for guests. We still need to plan it. Yep. I guess that is it. For this part. For this part. So, I don’t know if it was possible to understand a 100% of our layout, but just the first sketch. Well, actually we are not going to start building this furniture for a while because we still have a lot to work before that. So, if you have any idea or any suggestion about our layout, just feel free to comment below, on the comment section. And we will be glad to see what you think and maybe we might even change some stuff. So, I guess… See you, guys, next week.