Construction Office Set Up in Shipping Container

shipping container temp construction office door finish 0Every construction site needs a construction office.  A place to review drawings, eat lunch, and get out of the weather.  We decided to take two containers and set them up for just this purpose.  One shipping container is the main office space, with mock kitchen, large table, food storage, and a couch.  The second container has the sleeping quarters, with enough beds to sleep 5 people.  Both containers were outfitted with oversized sliding patio doors that are 8 feet tall.  They are installed directly behind the steel security doors, and demonstrates the project’s approach for obtaining large amounts of glazing yet maintain the security features of the containers.  We are now ready to start recycling and demolishing the old wooden cabin and barn.


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Building Permits issued for Shipping Container Cabin

Building Permit

Another milestone has been achieved.   The project is now approved for construction by the township building officials.  In this jurisdiction, building permit fees for new residential construction is about $2000.

The  success in achieving this milestone is partly to do with the excellent work from our design and structural engineering team, and partly to do with our approach and positive interaction with building officials and other approving authorities in the process.

Since the footprint of the Shipping Container Cabin will be in the same location as the current cottage, there is also a second building permit issued for demolition.  Demolition work will commence shortly and will involve a large effort to recycle as much of the old cabin as possible.  The objective is to classify materials, storing reusable wood and steel roofing materials for future use, recycling valuable copper, keeping waste wood products for firewood, and disposing of minimal waste to landfill such as glass, insulation, and drywall.



Taking Delivery of our Shipping Containers

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The Big Day (or days as it turned out) has arrived to take delivery of our shipping containers for our future shipping container cabin.

All 8 containers have arrived from China.  So we headed up to the shipping container yard to do a pre-inspection of the containers.  Most importantly was to verify the shipping placard labels for the pesticide treatments used during manufacturing of the wood floors.  The treatment was not what we expected to receive (this is not a feature that you can specify when ordering containers), but after some research we satisfied ourselves with it’s characteristics and that it will be satisfactory for our project given our construction techniques.
In Ontario, with all the snow melting in the spring time, it results in load restrictions for hauling heavy loads during this time of year.  In our case, the last 1km of travel is on a seasonal dirt road which is even more susceptible to road damage.  As a result, we needed to wait until the “half load” trucking restrictions were lifted by the local municipality, and delayed our ability to take delivery of the containers.

Before the containers arrived, 50 cubic yards of gravel was brought in to expand the lay down area to accomodate all 8 containers beside the proposed construction site.  Here is a video of the existing cabin and lay down area, the Octopod will cover the area of the existing cabin and the drive shed.  VIDEO:  cabin before 360

All 8 containers were planned to be shipped up on a Tuesday.  The shipping company asked to advance shipment of half the cans to the previous Friday night and Saturday.  After waiting all evening, the 4 containers arrived at 12 midnight under a full moon.  The containers were unloaded from the tilt and load trucks and placed onto railway tie timber.  The truck drivers didn’t leave until 2am after working in the dark, and decided not to return on Saturday.  This meant the remaining containers would be shipped on Tuesday as originally planned.  Upon returning again on Tuesday, we noticed some damage to one of the containers on the front top beam above the door.  With the beauty of technology we were able to take photos and send them to the container company, who with excellent customer service in mind, had one of the trucks backhaul the damaged container and send a replacement unit that same day.  Here is a video of a container being unloaded from a truck onto railway tie blocks.  VIDEO:  container unloading


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