Build Your Own Home for Under $10000 – We were looking for the most profitable way to live on our family’s recently acquired block of land so we could stop renting and own our own home. We started living in a caravan and originally looked at the kits, then we turned hangars into habitable apartments.
But the more we looked at this kind of stuff, the more we were overwhelmed by the cost not only of buying the kit house/shed, but also for its construction. Simple Google searches to build low-cost ways to build quickly put us on track to use shipping containers.
We became very excited about this idea after finding the incredible way some people had put it together to create unique and inexpensive homes. When we realized we could get a standard solids container, it was basically the steel foundations of a house (floor walls and roof) for less than 5,000 to $ when we decided it was the way, consequences.
As practical and experienced in the construction industry, I realized I could prepare and transform without the builders doing it. The fact that it’s environmentally friendly and a great way to recycle something that’s already been made is appropriate to our mindset and lifestyle.
The total cost is less than 10,000 Australian dollars. These include steel inserts in the floor, concrete, container, kitchen, fibrosis/color, etc. (Editor’s note: Fibrosis is a concrete sheet).
The grid-independent solar energy that feeds the house and another house on our earth block was an additional cost of 35 000 to $. These include 24 panels, 24 batteries, inverters and a 20-foot shipping container to accommodate the batteries.
For us, it was important to think first about the size of the shipping container and the standard volume at high volume. In our warm climate (Queensland, Australia), ceiling fans were indispensable, which was crucial to getting a high cube. We also wanted to divide it into 3 zone-2 bedrooms and a kitchen/’s living room.
I did a lot of research on how to develop a container, and then I wanted to make things my way. I decided to stick the treated 4 x 2 wooden jaw blades (for the frame of the shipping container) instead of screwing the steel, as there were bolt problems causing rust and the eye of the container.
We knew it would take some time for the outside to be covered. After the backbone was completed, the pipelines and wiring were installed. I have the insulation of the glass wool r 1.5 (editor’s note: This corresponds to R-9 in the Inch pounds units used in the United States, see here for more information) before laying the fiber sheets for the walls.
We found that it worked well and that it was good for the winter and cooling times of the year. In our very warm climate in central Queensland, we also need ceiling fans and air conditioners in the summer to keep the temperature at a comfortable level.
I would definitely recommend building with shipping containers because they are solid and fun to work with. You learn along the way and can continue to add it and create your own unique home. Our shipping container house is still very young and we plan to add a 20ft shipping container as a bathroom/washroom.
I recommend that you do thorough research before you start so that you know what that means. This can take a long time and you may have problems if you don’t prepare and plan well in advance. At one of my random internet searches for unusual designs, I stumbled across a construction called Earthbag Homes.
Basically, these are houses filled with piles filled with dust (I think dirtbag didn’t seem as appealing as Earthbag). Layers of plastic bags or natural fibres filled with dirt, a solid structure of the walls and possibly a ceiling are created. Barbed wire is used between each layer to keep the bags in place.
Wood-framed windows and a door are added through the strawberry ute and held in place. A standard roof can be added with wooden beams. Once the structure is ready, the plaster is applied outwards and inwards to hold it together.