Container Oddities? I don’t think so…

6 Jun

Potato, potatoe…

You call it what you want.

Let’s face it;

In the “Alternative Building” world, whether you’re using a repurposed shipping container, haybales, or even bags fulla dirt… we’re usually out there on the edge… while the “normal” people try to figure out what drives us to try and break down the barriers. (Usually so that they can try to stop us…)

I mean, it’s not like I’m trying (or even advocating) a life lived in THIS:

Nor am I trying to convince people to turn flimsy tractor trailers into RV’s so that they can “beat the Law and Building Codes”, like some jackasses…

I just want to use a big steel box to build some beds and a bathroom into… to protect my family from “Mother Nature” and the neighbors…

And that’s exactly what an Intermodal Steel Building Unit (ISBU) shipping container is. It’s just a big steel box.

The hardest part about using a shipping container as a house (I suspect) is it’s origins. Most of us see them piggybacked on trains, or dropped into construction sites, to hold valued goods (or building materials) safe and secure. Sure, they’re often  covered in graffiti, and they don’t look very “neighborly” to some.

But to ME, they look like STRONG shelter.

After weathering several hurricanes and even a few earthquakes, it doesn’t take much to imagine them as the MEAT in those construction sites, if you use a little bit of gray matter…

And it’s not like I’m the only one using things in an “odd way”…

I mean… hey, some pretty unusual stuff was happening in Construction yards, long before containers became the norm. Here’s an example;

And, it seems that everywhere you look, ISBU containers can be found all around us.

They even get used in some rather unusual ways, just to make statements;


Okay, so this wouldn’t make a very good condo, but hey… it’d make a cool gate to pass under… kinda like those big gates you see stretched up over cattle ranch entry drives?

I’m gonna go draw this up, so I can attach it to my blueprints for Planning and Zoning “review”…

“What? It’s just a big grape arbor…”

I can’t wait to put their seizures on Youtube…

Stay tuned…

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