Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Container on the Ground

Phone media, Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

It was a tight squeeze getting the container through the gate. Dale had to cut the wooden structure surrounding the gate along with removing the gate itself. He even had to cut down a few small trees so the truck, trailer, with container could turn into the property. Watch the video below:

Phone media, Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App
Phone media, Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

Monday, July 30, 2012

Long Day

Dale and Brad have been working so hard on the container house.  It's already delivered to the farm and we had a steak dinner on the Henry pit last night.  The lighting looks cool at night.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We Closed on the Land!

We are now the proud new owners of 10 gorgeous acres deep in the heart of Texas!  We put $15,000 down today, and we will pay $439 per month for 15 years.  We hope to pay it off earlier since this is now our nestegg-retirement and dream home estate... all that jazz.  I decided I wanted to be putting money into land and NOT stocks from this point on.  I have always lost on the stock exchanges and I am sick of losing my money.  I think land is the way to go, and I could not be happier with our decision to invest in this property.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Windows and Doors All In Container House

One thing we forgot to plan out when I found these awesome TEMPERED glass architectural windows on CL was the dimensions in relation to the corrugated steel siding of the container itself.  The windows are 45 inches wide by 72 inches tall.  I knew I would have some extra space at the bottom as compared with the door, but what I didn't even give any thought to was the fact that the width of 45" didn't jive with the shape of the corrugated container, therefore there is a slight difference in the distance from the door on each window.  See, we had to attach the windows to the outer shape of each peak/valley.  Here is how I plan to camoflauge this:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

We Have A Hole!

Today is the day we just cut the hole for the front door and windows.  Wow, Dale and Carlos are hard at work while Walter and I are fiddling with instagram!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Broken Window

Yesterday, Dale dropped the nailgun on one of the windows.  Interestingly, it did not shatter into millions of tiny pieces as one might expect from tempered glass.  Instead, it broke like the window that killed the stalker dude in the movie "Ghost".  They aren't tempered afterall, so it was a blessing in disguise.  The nice person who sold them to us told us they were "safety glass" when I asked if they were tempered.  The only way to see was to naturally break one!

So we went with another nice pair of windows off the old CL.  This time I can see the sticker that says they are tempered.  The windows we have now are 72" x 45", and should give us even more light into the space.  They are dark bronze aluminum frame with low E double pane tempered glass.  Dale is over at the shop framing them in right now.

All together we have now spent $410 on windows.  Not exactly the plan.  Damn!  I will prolly sell the mate to the first set myself on cl.  If I can get $100 I'll feel better about the whole fiasco!

The casualty window is the one lying on its side to the left in the close up.  It is now in the dumpster.

Hot Mess

Who knew this would turn into such a hot mess?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Big Picture Windows for Container Home

Large Picture Windows for Container Home
I feel like I struck gold this morning on CL!  Dale was about to either a) frame in the sliding door only and wait for windows or b) go purchase a second sliding glass door and take it apart to make the large windows I want.

Well, duh...Craigslist to the rescue!  I found many opportunities in the great City of Houston by some super nice folks I might add!  A gentleman named Scott hooked us up with these bad boys!  They are new Pella low E double pane with argon gas, pvc frame ready to be installed on either side of the same type of Pella sliding glass door.  I'm so happy :o)

The door is 80" tall while these windows are 76", but I decided we would install them flush on the top and 4 inches from the floor.  This leaves just enough room for the awesome white cedar planks Dale scored on Tuesday.  We will do the floor and the trim in this white cedar.  He bought a truckload for $100.  The windows were $125 each.