I'm interested in obtaining a converted shipping container that can be used as living space off the grid. The units I've seen advertised come with solar panels, hook ups for water, bed bath and kitchen for between 26 to 39 thousand. The cost of the container itself is app 2 thousand. Considering that the space is only 20 by 8, this seems like an exorbitantmarkup....is this type of conversion simple enough...with plans...that any handyman would be able to do?
There are a few things you will need to consider. First of all, a pre-finished unit will be constructed of lighter weight materials for shipping purposes. If you finish it on site you can put just regular household devices in it because weight doesn't matter. The units you are talking about likely come with their own waste pump for sewer, demand water heater, appliances, and most importantly a solar panel system.
The solar system is probably $10,000 of that cost. If you can get by with just a generator that cost is only about $500.
Any handyman can not do it with the proper tools. I would recommend investing in an oxy-acetylene torch for cutting windows and doors in the container. Other than that it just involves framing everything with 2x4s on the inside, insulating, and doing finish work. The floor would need to be covered in rigid foam insulation and then laid over with plywood. It wouldn't hurt to have a welder on hand just in case.
If I had the space to put it and I wanted such a device I would definitely build it myself. I hope this helps, good luck.
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