THE PLANS

 

I have many varieties of plans for the project, and will post various versions here with details.  It should be noted that I have designed this entire project around commercially available Oversees Cargo Containers.  When I began this project, this was not only a great idea; it was perfectly legal in the area that I live and am building.  Since that time, the great minds who run the County government where I am building have decided to impede the innovation of its current and future citizens by amending the Building and Zoning Codes to prohibit the use of these and many other renewable resources in building.  I am, fortunately, grandfathered by my Building Permit, but the information contained herein (pun intended) is of little use for someone who happens to have the misfortune of living in an area where local zoning regulations prohibit the use of these containers in this manner.  So a quick word to the wise:  do thorough research and make certain you are not going to be violating any zoning ordinances in your project, no matter what materials you end up choosing to use.  And if you find something that is permitted, be sure you follow all of the zoning guidelines and obtain all of the necessary permits to protect you should (like my situation) those zoning rules happen to change on you mid-project. 

My initial plan using a Container was a small cottage for interim occupancy, and a larger unit adjacent to it as the final housing. This plan allowed the small cottage to be available for a guest and give me some place to live while the larger project was underway. 

 

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However, with the County restrictions in place for obtaining a building permit, the small cottage could not come first in the final plan.  So the next derivation was rather grandiose with two 40-ft and two 20-ft containers in a design that looked like this:

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I had even planned that the back two-thirds of the entire house be dug into the hillside and be fully covered with dirt.  That plan only lasted until I realized how much effort and manpower would be needed to move that much dirt; also while walking the plot it became clear that the grade was just not steep enough for an effective underground house with a daylight front to be built.  Part of that realization involved respecting the natural seasonal waterways present on the land, something that I have no intention to try and alter.  But all of that meant that digging into a hill side was a total impracticality on this plot of land.   Maybe another project at another site, but not here.

So as I began modifying plans to meet minimum square footage with additional Containers in various configurations I also found Healdworks Inc. could get me the 48-ft high cubes, giving me the ability to have just two Containers that would let me meet square footage minimums and let me maximize the simplicity of the basic ‘bones’ of the house. That led me to this general plan for a house:TurboRadioRanch3.jpg

 

 

 

Once that basic plan was solidified in my head, I got Visio busy and detailed it with the internal layout and usage:

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That green overlay is the metal roof structure over the Containers and the front of the house giving me a fully in-the-dry dwelling.

Until the Containers were set in place and detail work actually began, that was the specific layout that I had envisioned.

However, after getting the 2 high cubes on level ground, there was a modification of the plan based on the reality of how the terrain actually got graded out.  That mainly involved moving the parking area from the front of the house to the end, and extending the metal roof structure over it to make a 2-place carport at the end of the house.  


That plan then looked like this:

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The actual size of the deck will also be adjusted specifically to respect a very large Pinion Pine tree that is almost exactly in front of the deck area outside the master bedroom window.

 

All of these are available in PDF or Microsoft Visio format for anyone who has that application and wants to manipulate your own design from mine, just email me for a copy.

 

 

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