Shipping Container Home Flooring

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Shipping Container Home Flooring

After much deliberation, we decided to use a solid timber floor instead of a floating floor. Both had their advantages and disadvantages, however ultimately we decided that a solid floor would be the best option as floating floors tended to feel cheap (due to that they are not fixed and move around causing an unpleasant noise when walked over). The disadvantages of the solid timber floor is that it does take longer to install due to the application of flooring adhesive and secret nailing. They will also have to be polished nearing the end of the project. The colours and patterns within the boards are amazing. From light whites to dark reds and browns, the colour range is astounding. We can’t wait to see how it looks when the floor is polished. We have used Bostick Ultraset SF as is has been highly recommended to us and through our own tests, it’s adhesive properties are significantly higher than the two other brands we used.

Shipping Container Home Tiling

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Shipping Container Home Tiling

After purchasing several pallets of tiles from Fowles building auctions at very competitive rates and the remainder from other tiling shops, we began tiling. We have employed a tiler for the majority of the tiling however we have been assisting and learning the basics of tiling too. There are three bathrooms that require tiling, so there is a significant amount of work to do, particularly as we are having floor to ceiling tiles and tiled shower bases. Of the three bases, one was poured and two were prefabricated. The Marmox Mat was the easiest to work with as it had the most suitable fall, was quick to install and was well made in terms of strength. Pouring the base was cheapest, however it took the longest and did require some correction prior to tiling.

Each bathroom has different colour combinations, all of which work well. The main bathroom upstairs has an upmarket with grey floor tiles, white and gloss black walls. The ensuite upstairs has grey floor tiles with white walls while the downstairs bathroom has an earthy light brown floor with white walls. They will come up really well when the grout is applied.

Shipping Container Home Concrete Stairs

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Shipping Container Home Concrete Stairs

We did a big job over the weekend concreting all the stairs and the blind side of the house. The results speak for themselves, and the stairs are all very solid. The process was slow, each stair tread was filled with buckets and we use wheelbarrows to get the concrete to the slab. The concrete truck charges waiting time if unloading takes too long, so we cut in half a 1cube plastic container to hold the concrete. The mix was quite wet to give us 2hours of working time. A black colour hardener was added towards the end to give the concrete a dark grey colour and increase the strength. Finally a brush takes the gloss off the steps and provides a non-slip surface.  We cleaned the steel the following day, this is important because it gets much harder the longer you leave it. The slab was built for all the services, water tanks, aircon units, hot water service and LPG bottles. We put a stipple pattern on the surface for a nice nonslip look. The concrete arrived at 2pm and we left site at around 9:30pm so it turned out to be a long day. Overall we are very happy with the results, both a nice looking and long lasting result.