Shipping Container House – Building the pony walls
Feb07

Shipping Container House – Building the pony walls

Building the pony walls to support the roof. I am not sure if the term pony wall is correct but the definition I found said this – “The term pony wall is used to refer to a load-bearing wall that rests on the sill plate of a foundation and supports the joists of the floor above it”. What I am trying to describe is the 4′ tall walls that will be on top of the containers which will support the roof trusses giving us the vaulted ceilings...

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Crane Day #2- Setting the other 2 Shipping Containers
Jan04

Crane Day #2- Setting the other 2 Shipping Containers

It’s crane day again sports fans. I finally got 2 more containers and had to call the same crane company out again to set the final 2. I don’t know wether or not it has been dumb luck (probably) or skill but this day went very well also. When I got the final 2 containers delivered I had them place them in a more strategic location so the crane wouldn’t have to reach as far to retrieve and set them. They were set down...

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Framing the interior
May11

Framing the interior

I found an issue I have to fix. Since the opening in the room was so wide and I had cut out the walls from floor to ceiling I had a little bit of bounce going on if you were to walk on the roof. I remedied the situation by welding some 2×4″ metal tubing across the opening in 2 spots and then welding the roof to that. I decided to use 2×3″ lumber for the walls since they are only going to hold up the ceiling and...

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installing windows
May08

installing windows

Well it’s time to put in some windows so I can see while I work. I forgot to get pictures of making the metal frames for the windows to sit in but I promise I will show that process in the near future. I used the same 2×2″ metal tubing as I did for the door frame. I laid out the room measurements on the floor so I could see where the windows needed to go on the walls. With the help of a good friend and my oldest son I...

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Cutting out the dividing walls and door
Apr19

Cutting out the dividing walls and door

Today was scheduled to be a long day. I wanted to cut out the walls between the 2 containers, as well as the opening from the kitchen area to the back room which will be our temporary front door and build steps leading to the door. The walls are marked in red in the picture. I had a good friend of mine and my oldest son for help to get it done. In my research into the building process I read that you could use a grinder with a cutting...

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Crane day
Apr11

Crane day

So we are now at the point where the containers need to be set atop the foundation. I called around and found a company that had a crane that would do the job. Because of the distance from where the two containers were currently sitting to where they needed to go we calculated that we would require a 50 ton crane. The boxes are not that heavy they only weigh 10,500 empty. It was the lifting capacity at the distance from where the...

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