How To Build a Container Home
"Simple Simons" Simple Guide to Building a Container Home

Chapter 6- Construction Shipping container home

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Table of Contents.
Chapter 1:
Buying the shipping container “Ideal buying strategy"
Chapter 2.
“what will it all cost?”
Chapter 3.
“Tell the bank “SHOW ME THE MONEY”
Chapter 4.
Council Approvals
“do you need a building permit?”
Chapter 5.
Site Preparation
“Old School Basics"
Chapter 6.
“Go Ahead! MAKE MY DAY"
Chapter 7.
Plumbing and Electrical
“Out of the box ideas"
Chapter 8.
External Cladding
“Give it the WOW Factor”
Chapter 9.
Insulation to the walls
“Hot is Not the best"
Chapter 10.
Internal Lining
“Make it a home"
Chapter 11.
Doors and Fittings
“Separate the rooms"
Chapter 12.
“Window and doors architraves"
Chapter 13.
PC Items
“Kitchens,sinks and vanity units"
Chapter 14.
Tiling and Painting
"The Big Finish”
Chapter 15.
Final Inspections
“Clean up and lay the carpet"

Construction - Go Ahead! MAKE MY DAY


Profiling is basically preparing your block and marking out where the perimeters of the container house are.

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A drainage plan should be supplied to you with the approved plans when they come back from council. If not they can be obtained by calling the local council. This plan can then be given to the plumber for an accurate set-out to main connections.

Footing Preparation

The container home can sit on stumps so you will need a small footing for each stump or steel posts.  If you have plans prepared you can set them out as per those details.

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Council Inspection

Council inspections must be called before any concrete is poured in the footings. Stump holes or concrete slabs. It is very important to have on site:

  • Council approved plans (marked - “builders copy”)
  • Specifications and the soil report


Note: if the plans are not on site when the inspection is called, the council inspector will not pass the job – you will have to rebook another inspection and hold up any concrete pours.


Shipping Container placement

With you footing and stumps in place you can now place the shipping container in position



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