Shipping Container House Deck, Spotted Gum

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Shipping Container House Deck, Spotted Gum

The timber is going down on the deck and it’s looking much better than we expected. We used Spotted Gum, which is an Australian Hardwood. The supplier pre oiled all the timber for us, which saves lots of time. We had lots of problems with screws, the first lot were stainless steel and snapped around 50% of the time. Finally we found a good one which worked going through the hardwood into the “C” section steel, called a “wing tek”, link below. The wing tek screws are galvanised with a square head and predrilling is not required. They are very fast to install and grip the material extremely well. We first tried to use a star drive stainless screw and the heads snapped off.

Installing the glass doors – Odpod

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Installing the glass doors – Odpod

We used aluminium frame winds with a monument colour powdercoat finish. They are double glazed, 2x 5mm glass with a 6mm air gap. These windows are normally used for commercial projects, which means they are very robust and should last a long long time. We have had lots of positive feedback on the high quality construction of the windows and doors from other people.

Shipping Container House Steel Deck – Odpod

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Shipping Container House Steel Deck – Odpod

Steel frame deck photos. The C section steel is ordered cut to length and bolt holes punched, which makes it very fast to put together. We used an impact wrench to tighten all the bolts and speed things up. The lower level frame was assembled in 2 hours.

Shipping Container House Progress Update

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Shipping Container House Progress Update

We have made heaps and heaps of progress over the last month and a half. We need to clear some room in the bottom level to frame out the internal walls. To build the house we had to build the shed. To get concrete up the hill by hand would have been a nightmare, over 100 buckets! And decided to hire a concrete line pump (again). The shed came flat packed and was a full weekend job to assemble.

Upstairs and downstairs are all framed out internally and all the windows are in. It’s time to finish off the deck then put up the roof trusses.