In Episode 1 we will look at the basic parameters for buying containers, we will explain how we obtained building permits for a container and we will show how we built the foundations of concrete.
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We bought a hi-cube hat. California requires that home containers are documented to show that they have no toxic or radioactive materials in them. This usually means that you need a condition condition container with the appropriate certificates. I bought my cans from
and paid $ 4800 each for hi-cube 40-foot containers and $ 3250 for the 20-foot hi-cube container. Hi-cube cans are one leg taller than standard shipping containers.
I recommend that you go to the local building service staff by showing them the survey and asking them for a checklist of everything that needs to be completed to get building permits. Research is important because it shows that the building assumes both the physical nature of the property and its legal limits and history. I explained that I wanted to build a container ship and asked for a complete list of all what it would take to make and submit to get building permits.
I used the architectural company I co-founded, ZeroEnergy Design, to make the architectural designs. Although I am a co-owner, I make sure I pay the business for the hours of preparation that should do this task. It would be unfair for my partners if I used fixed resources for my own personal work. I put $ 5,000 for the creation of the architectural plans.
I sent the architectural drawings to the structural engineering company that I took and created the structural details and created a calculation package that showed that these details would meet all the code requirements and would result in a safe and powerful building. This set of plans and calculations was required by the construction department. My architectural company mainly deals with the east coast and has no stamp in California, so I had the construction company stamp the designs. The office of the building gave me the choice to seal the documents either architecture or engineering.
We ended up building a monolithic slab on concrete foundations. We were working on plans for some cost-saving piers, but then the space under the container would have been classified as a detection area and the bottom of the container would have to be 18 "from the ground to the minimum. That would mean I would need stairs and handrails for all decks.
Classification of the site and excavation for the foundation
I have rented a bulldozer and hired an operator to flatten a part of the space where I wanted to place the house. Then I hired a hoe to get the pedestals for the foundation.
Create the forms
The prints were built from 2x8s screwed into steel mesh that we forged on the ground.
We used tread # 4 to strengthen the concrete. This was wired together to match structural drawings.
This particular day was very exciting. We had to pump the concrete into one of the foundation plates because the truck could not get close enough without driving the other shapes.
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