Container House Update: In Photos!
If you're new, welcome. If you've been following our #containerhome journey, thanks for sticking with me! Wowsers, this has been much harder than we thought. I'll give a short recap and then blast you with photos of the progress, which is what I get asked for all the time!
We bought a bunch of shipping containers, put 3 of them in the shape of a giant "U", added an addition to the top, poured a half-basement, and "bumped out" a side wall for the master bedroom, and voila!
Ok. So not exactly voila! SO MUCH HARD WORK here. As much as I get aggravated with how long it is taking, I am sort of in love with the adventure.
With the direction of Micah's talented, construction-mastermind Dad, Micah and I agreed to do most of the work ourselves (—HOW HARD CAN IT BE?!) Crazier things have been done.
Some days when I turn into the driveway I have to laugh at what on earth we were actually thinking. We are building a house with our bare hands! ….and a crane, an angle grinder….lots of other power tools, and calling in lots of favors.
One of whom we have called on is the Man, the Myth, the Legend: John Kellough. Let's just be honest. I know a total of zero things about welding. But I hear this man is like the master wizard king. He is working on one of my favorite features in the house: My double sided fireplace.
I wasn't here the night they put the pipe in, thank Jesus. It looked heavy.
Note the yellow wall (the inside of the living room) is the original outside of the container and will be painted.
Boom. No problem. #bossmode
Ok. Last one of fireplace. I just can't look away.
The guys loaded up the tractor with beautiful stones taken from a creek on the other side of the property.
It's been so fun gathering our materials for this project. To me, that's part of the adventure. Found materials are the best. We love locally-sourced, restored, recycled, natural. (Remember our fallen tree we re-furbed into our mudroom coat rack and the old lockers we restored?)
On to the kid's rooms….
One of the things I'm learning about myself in this whole thing is that I don't like being told I can't do something. Someone told me, "You can't plywood the whole house!" and ever since then that was my prerogative. You're not the boss of me! I mean, Chipotle pulls it off, and their burritos are fantastic, so who feels silly now?
We were talking a big talk, but when push came to shove, we were admittedly nervous about bringing all that plywood home. But I honestly can't wait to see it all come together. It gives the room a very warm feel up against the exposed steel from the shipping container wall. I've put several coats of oil on the wood, which I'm still in the process of doing. The boys were allowed to pick out their own wall colors which explains this electric orange.
It was Micah's idea to use the doors we took off the containers and use them as bed frames. I would have never, ever thought of that in a million years. But I loved the idea. And we did it. Polishing them up and re-painting was my job.
I wish you could have seen us try and lift these insanely heavy doors into place. They had to be held while being secured into the walls. Thank God our sweet Elijah Shanks was home from college and really, really needed some manual labor to do that evening. (😏)
The next day I came in, Micah and Bill already had these ladders fabricated. These will get oiled eventually. Custom shelving is being put in under the loft bed.
Above is the progress so far in Judah's room. I know the floors look rough, but I have personally seen much worse be fully restored to perfection by Bill Shanks. Most shipping containers already have wood floors.
I just love this one of father and son working till sunset.
This picture was taken a few months ago. Bill and Bill are standing in one container that now has a finished mudroom, laundry room, master bedroom and bath and a walk-in closet. Yes, all of that fit in one container comfortably! (In fairness, we did "bump out" a space of 4ft.X12ft. to the master bedroom, which made a world of difference.) I don't have those pictures yet, but I will post that next.
This is the sliding barn door that Bill created for an additional entry to the main living space. This wall is all glass, and I may never, ever leave this room once it is finished, with the look and feel of being outside on one side and the cozy stone fireplace on the other….I may just have to stay home forever.
A perk of re-furbing found materials over purchasing new is that everything has a story. The wood he used to create the sliding door came from dismantled shipping crates from Japan. I can tell you what they were shipping, and in some places you can still see Japanese writing on the door. This might be a deal breaker to some people, but it somehow makes me feel more connected to the world, and more connected to history.
Then again I like stories….
Above are the guardians of #shanksfarm. All of this excitement and their most frequently asked question is, "Do we have wifi yet?"
Last week when I pulled into the driveway a woman walked out of the house with a camera around her neck and a wide grin on her face as she waved good-bye and got in her car and left. I turned to the crew and said, "Who was that?" And they said, "She just wanted to come see the container home."
Thanks for sticking around and following our Home Progress, it's so fun sharing this adventure! I love that it feels like a community project, but if you don't feel like breaking and entering, just catch up on the blog! What do you think of the progress so far?
*Save the date for April 1st! We've been asked to speak for the Chamber of Commerce Home & Garden Show at the Ross County Fairgrounds. Will link up info soon.