If you want to guarantee that you’ll see your comment or email in “lights”, it seems that all you have to do is call me a name. 😉
Here we go:
C’mon, Ronin. You’re full of beans. Standard Shipping Containers are awfully small. You can’t really live inside one. You’re lying.
I have almost 8′ ceilings in my house, now. I don’t want to have to “stoop my head”, to live in a scavenged metal box that is best used for shipping stuff to Walmart. Only an idiot would do that!
It does make me wonder… Can you tell me how eight-foot ceilings became the norm?
(Editors note: I was asked this question three times in the last three days. This same question – or a variation of it – just got asked on another forum I read, so I suspect that I’m being “taunted”, but here goes:)
Hi there, naysayer;
Whoa, there. You’re operating under a “myth-conception.”
High Cube shipping containers are just as tall inside as the house you’re probably living in now, possibly even TALLER. And even using “Standard” shipping containers, you’re going to easily get a finished ceiling at 7’6″ out of those boxes.
(Editors note: I just realized today (Oct 31) that the wrong version of the post was inserted by accident. I’m having computer issues and I kept losing paragraphs in the transfer process. So, I’m “fixing” it here, to clarify the post. Consider this a “quick re-write”. Sorry for the confusion.)
Standard shipping containers have a finished ceiling at 7’8″. As you probably know, if your read the blog regularly, I always tell people that they want “High Cube” (or “HQ”) shipping containers when building a home, as those boxes are a foot taller. So, using HQ ISBUs, you get an 8’9″ ceiling , all day long…
And, I’ll point out that 8′ ceilings are NOT “the norm” – at least not here in America, according the National Builder Statistics over the last few decades.
Sure, 8′ ceilings are “cool”. And I do admit that they are in that “Not too hot, not too cold… just right” zone for a lot of us. Not too far away, not too close.
(FYI: I ruthlessly stole that last “Not too far away…” part from Laren Corie, a savant and extremely savvy “Little House” guy who sponsors a forum I get heckled from occasionally. The guy is a freakin’ Gold Mine of information. And, he’s a pretty good musician, too, I hear! ;))
Building Code spells out ceiling heights depending on the room it’s located in.
For bedrooms and common areas, it’s 7’6″. I’ll point out that this is lower than the existing ceiling in that ISBU in most cases. (Remember: The “rough ceiling” of a Standard ISBU is at 7’8″)
And in the kitchen and bath department, building codes say that you need ceilings at 7’0″ (min.).
U m… unless I screwed up my math… that’s BELOW the finished ceiling height of that same “Standard Shipping Container” ceiling you were referring to.
So, it’s QUITE possible to live inside a steel box, even one that used to live on a container ship, hauling TVs to Walmart from China.
And by the way, we don’t like being called “idiots or liars.” Your momma should have raised you better.
So there! 😉