The shipping containers are stacked, painted and customized to form the outer structure of the houses. Glass ceilings, walls and windows add light and give the structures a very bright and airy look.
Once all of the approvals are received the contractor begins construction in the plant and the installation crews provided by the contractor concurrently complete the foundation work. The building modules are then delivered to the site and set on the foundation with the appropriate equipment like a crane or a fork truck. The modules are leveled with shims and bolted together, now the roof seams and side walls or ”mate lines” are finished so the interior is dried in. At this point utilities are pulled to the building. Most of the piping and wiring was completed in the plant so all that is required is several ”crossovers” be completed and the supply be hooked to a single point. The flooring is finished over the mate lines and any remaining field trim is installed so the building is complete and finished.
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A container is light, secure, durable and costs a fraction of a conventional pool’s price tag. Thus, they make for an excellent way to bond with family and friends during peak heat, while avoiding a dent on your bank account. So, how does one transform a structure that is meant to transport material across oceans into a summer oasis? The answer comes in the form of 5 easy steps.
When homes and buildings are constructed by conventional means they are required to meet some engineered design criteria so that the building will perform properly for any severe weather conditions that may occur in the geographic area that the building located. Due to the various weather conditions in North America the required design criteria changes from region to region and in some areas down to county by county. For instance, buildings constructed in the coastal portions of Florida are required to withstand winds of 120mph – 150mph while buildings in the northern portion of the country have a wind speed design criteria of 90 mph. However, buildings in the northern regions of the country must be designed to withstand 70 lbs. /sq. ft. – 100lbs. /sq. ft. of snow loads versus southern Florida which has no snow load criteria.
Prefabricated shipping containers are designed in order to avoid water seepage in them, but they are not watertight. In other words, water cannot enter them from the outside, but they can’t hold water inside. In most cases, a container will have a layer of plywood in the inner side. Wood is not conducive to carrying water. Thus, the next phase of converting a shipping container into a pool is to add another layer. An extra layer of steel is welded on the inside to make it watertight. It is then treated for rust and painted on all sides.
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