SHIPPING CONTAINTER HOUSING 'REVISITED'

For some reason my computer wouldn't let me add a comment to the ongoing discussion so I began a new one. Shipping container housing is pretty big news lately and some of the 'houses' are nice, like the 5-unit QUIK HOUSE at http://mocoloco.com/archives/000281.php

And it's an economical way to start like Mary Ann and Bob did when they began their adventure. See their 'office' in 1997 (and use that url as a starting point for the rest of the story): http://beachshack.ai/1997-06.html

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What am I missing?

The above-linked "Quik House" starts at (evil) US$76,000 + shipping? To live in an old rusting box?? WTF??

I know of a really nice house in a nice barrio in Boaco you can have for half that and no shipping costs involved!

Size

Size, is what you are missing. This is a "art house" of 5 or more containers, presumably none of which are a rusted box, all "configured" and "whatever" by some design consultant. I am not recommending this, but do know you can get 5 non-rusty containers for a heck of a heck of a lot less than 76k...

1. paint it white (put stucco on first),

2. put a clay tile roof on it,

3. stock with fdc (enough to keep Miskito Alan happy); and

Voila! you are there! in my mind, i am already there!

house in a box

tried contacting for price info. Texas area code. Only got an answering machine. looks nice.

More links

Do you have any more links. I had never seen the Beach Shack site before. I am already adding it to my site.

Brett Rilling www.shippingcontainernews.com

MORE LINKS

shipconner, None so applicable for building in the tropics or so exhaustive...and if you have a question while going thru the Beach Shack site Mary Ann has always been quickly responsive! But you might enjoy these simply for the 'how to':

http://www.solarhouse.com

http://www.phys.ufl.edu/~liz/home.html

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I love the picture of the cargo ship on the beach, I would love to make a house out of that whole ship and cargo containers!