Dad was a Master Builder of the old school and known for his quality workmanship. When his teams built a house, it was solid, square and built to last. Before I could follow in his footsteps, the credit squeeze of the 1960’s hit, he closed up shop and we went farming, but I have always been interested in developments in the building industry.
Although his Push-Button house is only an experimental project, Mr. Kalkin has built houses that he intends to make available to the public, like his Quik House. He currently has orders for ten. These modern prefab houses are made from five shipping containers and are then loaded on a truck and delivered to the buyer. It takes less than a week to reassemble them on location. The Quik House sells for between 150 to 175 thousand dollars, depending on the distance to deliver the house and the options that the client chooses. There are many different options, including mahogany sliding doors and a full stainless steel kitchen.
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Beauty modifications can be made as well. Both the exterior and interior can be painted in virtually any colour. If the facility will be used for commercial purposes, signs can be added as well.
Containers for land based shipping tend to be smaller and not necessarily made from metal. Plastic drum containers can be used for both land based and overseas shipping because they can carry liquids. If shipping by boat or airplane, these drums may even be packed inside a larger shipping box. For items shipped by railroad, the large metal containers common in overseas shipping are useful. The size 40 container is used frequently as two can be stacked on each flatbed car. The great thing about shipping by train is that an entire car can be one big container for goods such as open top cars full of coal or rocks.
This shipping container is made of thick steel, so it is a fortress against numerous onslaughts from animals, people, and the environment. The tough exterior is designed to keep out the harsh elements of the sea such as salt water, and intense winds. The container is also made to be fire proof, which makes it great for saving valuable items. For shipping purposes, all of these attributes make it an ideal location for the preservation of dry goods.
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