Aussie couple builds off-grid mobile home with two shipping containers
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Thu Sep 28 14:07:58 BST 2017
Aussie couple builds off-grid mobile home with 2 containers
Dirksen on June 5, 2016
Paul Chambers had began building a home out of
two shipping containers as a project, but when
his wife got tired of suburbia and put their
four-bedroom home on the market, his project
became the couples full-time home.
Paul and Sarah Chambers were living in rural
Scotland when Paul received a job offer in
Australia. They packed their belongings and moved
to a large home with a pool in an Australian
suburb. After only a few months, they began to
tire of spending so much of their income on their
home. They also felt theyd lost touch with
nature and a more active lifestyle (there
werent even any trails for walking, explains Sarah).
So they sold their home and moved with Pauls
project: two shipping containers hed been
transforming into a kitchen/bathroom +
bedroom/living room. They found someone willing
to let them park their new home on their rural
property in exchange for making improvements to the land.
When the couple first moved onto the property,
the home was a very simple shelter and over the
following three years, they built the containers into a proper home.
There was a tv show that came up in the last
couple of years
it was a reality show where
contestants were going to build a shipping
container house in a day and I was just
incredulous thinking how were they going to pull
this one off because Id been at it for two and a
half years. It turns out they were just
house and they never actually lived in it so
they never got to find out just how bad their
design was. They would have froze and they would have been miserable.
Theres as much effort goes into building a
shipping container house as there is in a real
house because you need real insulation, you need
to make it warm, you need flowing water, you need
power points, its a real house.
Their home is completely off the electric and
water grids. When they first moved to the bush
they used a 3kw Honda generator, but theyve
since installed 2Kw of photovoltaic panels and a
bank of batteries and phased out the generator.
They have enough energy to power their home with
all its conventional appliances, including a
standard fridge/freezer. For heating, they rely
on firewood (collected from fallen trees on the
property; they have not cut down a single
tree). For air conditioning, they use fans and AC during really hot days.
In the beginning they had to rely on water
deliveries, but Paul has since installed an
extensive rainwater capture setup- both on the
roof and gutters beneath the home- which provides
for all their water needs: 65 square meters of
rain water collection in 10,000 liters of
storage. The indoor bathroom includes a shower,
but Paul built an outdoor, open air bathtub which
they heat with solar in the summertime.
Theyve also created an extensive vegetable
garden inside a netted garden cage (after the
animals and hot sun destroyed their first
attempts). For eggs, they have two hen houses.
has published an ebook explaining how he built
the home including a step-by-step guide: buying
and moving shipping containers, a wiring diagram
and schematics, installing solar panels and a
breakdown of costs (He has also been
his own videos detailing the process).
Could anyone do this?, responds Paul to my
question. Its been a lot of effort and it takes
persistence. Id say persistence is probably the key to it.
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