Shipping Container House Garage Complete


Shipping Container House Garage Complete

The garage door was installed just before Christmas. The opening is 3m tall and 5.2m wide. The silent drive motor is so quiet it barely makes a noise opening. We purchased a door and used stainless steel screws to fix a corten sheet on each side to make it look more industrial. The sheet will rust up over the next 1-2 months. We are really happy with the large space and tall ceilings of the 5m roof peak. The overall size is 10mx6m=60 square metres.


Shipping Container House Flooring


A lot of progress has been made quite quickly within the past few weeks. The plastering is almost complete apart from around doors jambs. We will install the door jambs once the flooring is down which will also allow the plasterers to finish the edges around the doors.

The containers have a thick marine ply floor built in which will form a solid base for the floor. Due to the nature of the containers, the floors aren’t perfectly levelwith variance of about 15mm of variance downstairs (There is an even greater variance upstairs). There is also the gap between containers (where the two walls meet between containers which have since been cut out) that needs to be cleared by the notch in the battens.

The floor battens are Tasmanian Oak Hardwood (70x35mm) that will be packed using plywood packers of varying thicknesses in order to make the floor level. The hardwood battens are screwed and glued with a flooring adhesive at 300mm centres.

We have chosen to use hardwood flooring throughout the majority of the house with the exception of bathrooms and carpet in the bedrooms. We haven’t decided on the kind of timber to use, other than a dark coloured hardwood, possibly spotted gum.

The packing height of the bedroom floors is different to both the timber floors in main living areas and the bathroom due to different thicknesses of flooring material and wanting the same overall level finishing height of floorboards, carpet and tiles. We were able to set the heights accurately using a laser level to set the desired packing height.

We set the packers into position using a pneumatic brad gun (to stop them moving around), applied a flooring adhesive, placed yellowtongue (particle board for flooring) on top and screwed through the yellowtongue and packers into the container floor using hex head 75mm batten screws. The combination of the flooring adheasive and batten screws at 450mm centres will ensure a very solid floor with minimal flex. The underlay and carpet will eventually sit on top of the yellowtongue.

Shipping Container House Plastering & Batt Insulation


The cellulose insulation took far longer than anticipated to dry (it is sprayed on wet). We estimated that it would take approximately one week to dry, however due to the thickness of application, some areas are still damp three weeks later which has delayed the application of plaster. The cellulose insulation appears to be doing its job well, as the house is significantly cooler than the outside ambient temperature. Even on a hot 40 degree day, the house was cool and would not require any air-conditioning.

We installed batt insulation within all of the internal stud walls to assist with sound deadening between rooms and between the two levels. The product we have used is Knauf Earthwool which is made from recycled glass. It is far less itchy to install and has very good sound deadening properties. The R value is 2.5 (Australian). In the roof cavity (between the container roof and the timber roof trusses), we installed R4.0 batts. We were concerned with condensation issues by using batts inside the containers (where there would be a high temperature difference), however in the roof cavity, the steel containers and the air in the cavity will be the same temperature. Any condensation created by exhaust fans will be vented by the whirligig on the roof.

The plastering is being done by professionals in the area. They started by installing steel ceiling battens to the timber ceiling battens. They have been levelled using a laser to ensure that the ceiling will be level. The plaster itself is glued and then screwed to the battens (ceiling) and to the timber studwork. With a team of 5-6 workers, they were able to complete the work quickly. The bathrooms are lined with villa board (which is waterproof). We should have all of the plaster complete within two weeks (including all stopping up etc).