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He Wanted to Build an Unconventional House, the Result is a Wonderful Container House in New Zealand

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We continue to discover for you. Our container house on today’s tour is from New Zealand.

Engineer David Fitzmaurice and his wife Joyce Wee want to build an “unusual” house. While asking for this, they face economic problems and think about how to make a beautiful house with little money.

The solution they come up with is to purchase shipping containers of $ 3000 each and make them home.
However, this couple is learning how to design and build a house is not as simple as it seems when children are designing with Lego blocks.

When they start building the house, they realize that it’s not as easy as they think. The costs come into play here: they call on professionals to help; They decide to grow using 20 containers, not 16 containers; they need more structural steel than planned (extra $ 100,000); and then they change their mind about the insulated coating that covers the whole house.

This is good because storing containers was not the architecturally greatest plan. “Of course, you want to celebrate them,” says Moller.

But when you change your mind during a building, the costs go up. The decision to change the coating means that he redraws from designer James Kohler. This is not so simple. All doors and windows
details should be redesigned. And then they have to wait and wait for a new building approval.

There is also the cost of insulation developed by NASA for the space shuttle program. It is an intelligent polyurethane foam that expands and closes the inside of the containers. But they don’t have NASA’s budget.

After a lot of additions, the cost of $ 450,000 almost doubled. After so much of their compensation, they look very happy in their own home.

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