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    Boon Mee's 40ft. Container Conversion

    Some progress shots of my 40 ft. shipping container conversion into a basic dwelling.

    The picture below is a shot of the front of the container. I fitted frames for screens and screen doors with a welder's help.



    A shot of the rear end of the container.



    The welder fitted frames for the Jalousie Windows - total of 5 windows so the container has good cross-ventilation. Originally thought an A/C was going to be needed but this new 'dwelling' is only used for sleeping at night when it's cool. A small fan makes it quite comfortable after the sun gets over the tree line. Also, I fitted a sprinkler head over the top of the unit for when it gets really hot - like April/May



    All that is needed to do now to complete the project is get awnings fitted over all windows. My welder promises 'soon'. We know how that goes.

    The container has been up on the pedestal for a couple of years now. Leaving it on the ground was an immediate termite magnet!


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    Interesting BM. You have any photos of the inside?

    Is the inside a reflection of the currigated (sp) exterior?

    Plans to paint the exterior to make it more pleasing to the eye?

    Is this a full time residence or something to use when your in the dog house?

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    Great project - but why? Man cave? recreating a trailer home? What's it all about?

    Will you be expanding it with a few more containers?/

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    Clever...and it has "wheel chair access," too...

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    It would piss you off, if your inside & your Mrs shut the doors on you.
    It would be like your in prison.

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    Looks good, though I'm not sure about the louvred windows. You should put a living roof on it - it would soften it and keep it cooler.

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    Interesting idea BM. Inquiring minds want to know why?

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    A metal box in Thailand seems like a no brainer to me. Hope you have air con & o/s loo?

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    What's the (approx) cost for a 40ft container?

    I could use one as a workshop in my garden if they aren't too exy.

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    A metal bosx house in Thailand seems like a no brainer to me. Hope you have Air-Con & an outside Loo?

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    A tin box gets pretty hot, yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exige View Post
    A tin box gets pretty hot, yes?
    DUH ... I think so. Hey maybe Slap can utilize one for his FIL?

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    I have two teenagers - it would be ideal.

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    i have 4 of those 40' containers utilised as a workshop.
    Had to build a roof over them, install air cons, plenty of vents and it's still gets warm.

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    at least put some insulation on the top, or a secondary roof

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    It could catch on in Isaan


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    Containers are used a lot as on-site construction offices. If on site I would "borrow" some boiler cladding to make a "tin" roof but in the sticks it needs a cheap bamboo and "grass" roof for shade. Otherwise I am inspired.

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    Interesting stuff Boony and I look forward to seeing how you decked the inside out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurgen View Post
    What's the (approx) cost for a 40ft container?

    I could use one as a workshop in my garden if they aren't too exy.

    A 40 ft container is about a 100k, which works out to about 3000 a square meter. Once you include the pad and finishing costs it doesn't really stack up financially I think.

    Unless you had the container already, or needed something portable.

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    I have long wanted to build one of these on some land i have



    i really like this one:

    Last edited by t.s; 15-02-2013 at 11:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurgen
    What's the (approx) cost for a 40ft container? I could use one as a workshop in my garden if they aren't too exy.
    approx 90-100,000 baht.

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    Interesting, thanks.

    I think I would want it a little less container looking.

    Perhaps really open up one main side it with large foldable glass door so it can be open in the day should you like to sit looking over the garden, and can fold back closed in the evening.

    possibly something like these:






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    [QUOTE=t.s;2360766]I have long wanted to build one of these on some land i have



    i really like this one:

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    In Thailand? If so, why?
    For the same money you could have a little hardwood knockdown put up.

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    I looked at some last year. The supplier I saw had 20ft containers at 49000-58000, standard 40ft ones for 76000-83000, 40ft high cube containers for 89000-93000 and 45ft ones 115000-135000. For about double that, you can get a refrigerated one for the summer.

    ^ Yes, that's what I realised. Compared to a second-hand teak house from a village, a container seemed like a worse, more expensive solution.

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    Interesting concept. Best of luck.

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