Here is my container cabin floor plan. It seem to be the best use for the available space, at least in my minds eye. This container floor plan is also a great plan because I am putting a large amount of dirt on the back and end wall, so the dividing walls will add support to the back wall. The pantry will have shelves along the back and end wall that will also lend support to the outer walls.
Marking the cut line.
My first cutting is to open the space between the two containers that will be the living room.
I am going to be using arched door's and window's on this project, so I decided to make the opening an arched opening for a couple reasons. One, it should help maintain strength for the roof, and two, it will tie in with the doors and windows.
The opening will be 14'-6'' long and 7'-3'' high. I used a 7'-3'' wire with a black marker fixed at the end to mark this with.
The other end was secured to an eye bolt at the center of the selected area. I also drilled a hole from that point to the other side to mark the location to duplicate the cut line on the other side.
Wall after it was marked for the cut line.
A 4-1/2" angle grinder worked well for cutting the walls out. I tried a sawzall at first, but they do not work well when you are attempting to cut two wall's back to back as the blade wants to wonder on the back panel, and it also has a tendency to get pinched as the wall's flex and distort during cutting. I also tried a 6-1/2" metal cutting blade with a skill-saw, but it wanted to track straight, so that did not work for the arched opening.
A word of caution when cutting walls. The walls in these containers are 12 ga steel and very heavy, and after you cut them, they are very sharp at the cut edge. I estimate this section to be approx 400lbs and I was making my final cut at the bottom when it came crashing down. My natural reaction was to raise my arm to stop it and I sustained a sever laceration to my forearm. So use extra caution when cutting these container walls.
First wall out!
You will use approx one 4-1/2'' cutting disc for every 5' of wall cut.
There will be little waste from the cut out walls as I will be using them for overhangs, awnings and interior building materials.
Second wall out.
Next post will be, welding the containers together.