Odpod Shipping Container Home Doors

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Odpod Shipping Container Home Doors

The doors were installed over a couple days with a little bit of help from someone with experience. We also used a jig for drilling out the holes. The sliding door took a little long to fit but work out really well in the end and has a smooth action. The self-centring drill bit came in handy for drilling the holes for the hinges, all the holes line up perfectly with the centre for the countersunk screws.

Cheers
The Odpod Crew
Craig & James

 

Shipping Container Home Feature Kitchen Island Bench

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Shipping Container Home Feature Kitchen Island Bench

Lots of time and patients went into creating the feature kitchen island bench. We started with a simple sketch and some offcut piece of shipping container. The idea was hatched after lots of designs and then some computer renderings to validate the idea. We used some leftover 50x25mm RHS steel and made a frame to attach the shipping container skin. The welds were all linished back until smooth and then any pit holes filled with fibreglass filler. The base coat was a vinyl etch prime, which works very well on metal, then a top coat colour to match Mersk Grey (the same grey used by Mersk on their shipping containers) The frame was screwed to the floor boards and also to a 90x45mm pine frame to form a 90 degree rigid structure.

We made the final concrete pieces the same way as the previous bench tops. You can see in the photo of dry ingredients shown from left to right, sand, cement, AR glass fibres, alto pozz and black oxide. Just like the other concrete pieces we used hydrochloric acid and a wet polish diamond pad to achieve the result we wanted. Concrete bench tops take a very long time to make and require lots of precise measuring and weighing.

To finish off the beer tap system we made a stainless steel grate which was cast into the liquid cement. Small knobs were welded onto the frame to better help secure it into the wet cement.

While the concrete was setting we made the feature lights above the bench top using a big piece of spotted gum. We used the hole saw to cut the perfect size circle and then finished the timber using some olive oil. (yup just out of the cupboard used for cooking) This brings out the natural timber colours and looks fantastic.

Ps: yes we went overboard on the polyurethane glue that holds the concrete waterfall panels in place, but they definitely won’t fall off!

Cheers
The Odpod Crew
Craig & James

Shipping Container Home Australian Birds

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Shipping Container Home Australian Birds

We often see lots of Australian birds visiting the balcony including king parrots seen in the pictures and a shy kookaburra. Other times we see blue wrens, galahs, sulfur crested cockatoos, crimson rosellas and many more.

Cheers
The Odpod Crew
Craig & James

Shipping Container Home Odd Jobs

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Shipping Container Home Odd Jobs

Lots of small jobs take a long time to complete, because each different job requires different tools, materials, skills, planning etc. We are now very close to having the occupancy certificate (which is a big relief)

The balustrade at the back of the house has been fitted and some concrete pads for the steps leading up to the entry doors. We made some nice bacon and eggs on the very basic BBQ and then shortly after the electrician connected the 900mm Oven and we made some pita bread pizzas.

Moulding the timbers for the window winders took a long time, each one was set at a different height and needed to be mm perfect for the winder to operate smoothly. We used a table router and a thicknesser to profile the timber to the desired shape. We used a kiln dried Tassie Oak from the local hardware store and measured each window to ensure an accurate fit.

The bath is now installed and properly plumbed in. We asked for help from a tall friend, Luke, 6”2’ to make sure the size was suitable. Fortunately for us all he kept his clothes on.

More updates soon.

Cheers
The Odpod Crew
Craig & James