Are using containers a cost effective way to build a house?
Containers can be a cost effective way to build, however the cost depends on a number of different factors such as size and level of finishes (hardwood floors, luxury bathrooms etc). The less you modify the containers and keep them as close to containers as you can, the more you can save.
What is your project cost for Odpod?
The approximate project cost is $350,000AUD. This includes absolutely everything from permits, earthworks, the complete house including 3 decks and a large garage.
Do you build container houses for others?
At this stage no. We can provide advice and assist with drawing up plans and detailed drawings for your project.
Did you have issues with the council?
No. The Yarra Ranges council were good to work with. After the 2009 fires, bushfire affected properties had a simplified planning process. The building permit was obtained by a private building surveyor.
How have you insulated the containers?
After much research, we used a spray on cellulose insulation which is made from recycled paper, fire retardant, adhesive and water. Normal batt insulation is unsuitable for use in a container as the containers will sweat. The cellulose insulation covers the steel and becomes a thermal barrier between the container steel and the internal air inside the container. Another option is a spray on foam, however this is more costly that the cellulose insulation.