Getting the outside work done before it gets cold, which includes closed cell spray foam insulation, landscaping, dirt work and seeding.
I used closed cell spray foam insulation for the top, back and end wall spray foam . The closed cell spray on insulation is of great benefit in that it seals out moisture and gives approx a R7 insulating factor. I thought it was also a good idea since I was going to be putting dirt back onto the walls of the container. The whole process only took about 3 hrs.
Gravel and drain pipe was set along the bottom to insure that there could not be water build up along the walls. Not pictured, but gravel was approx 12" above the perforated pipe when finished.
For the retaining walls I chose railroad ties, they are plentiful reasonably priced if you get them at a co-op, and are another green alternative.
The dirt which was removed from the embankment for the containers went back onto the end and sides for thermal heating and cooling. The main portion of the dirt is in the corner where stored food supplies will be kept, and it should help extend it's shelf life.
Rear view. Banks have been seeded with tall fescue.
Next post will be, doors, windows and a front deck.
Wall out, door in. This shipping container is starting to look like a home.
Again a angle grinder with a 4-1/2" cutoff disc worked good to cut out the wall. You can see in the picture at the bottom of the cut out, the ridges that are left from the wall, that all needs to be ground flat, you just can not get flush to the bottom no matter what you cut with, so having to grind it down after cutting is just unavoidable.
New french door and deck in place. I used spray foam insulation around the door to fill in any gaps.
I am using arched windows, so I made a template from cardboard to trace around onto the wall for the cutouts.
Before installing the window, I put a bead of caulking on each portion of the wall that was extruding. Then the window was set in place using self taping screws.
Same process on both windows, then the pockets at the top was filled with mortar mix, caulked and painted.
Back window installation.
Using the same process as the other windows, a template was made for the back window from the window then traced around onto the wall. Cut with a 4.5" angle grinder and cutoff wheel.
Approx 1.5" of the spray foam insulation around the back portion of the window was removed using a wire brush on a drill. Now the window flange can rest onto the container wall.
The window was set in place, then mounted with self tapping screws. Then using the cardboard template made for tracing out the window, it was then used to cover the window while spray foam insulation was sprayed around the window. After it was dried I then shaped it with the drill and wire brush, it worked out great and the window is rock solid and weather proof.