Spectacular 20ft Off-The-Grid Tiny Shipping Container House
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Spectacular 20ft Off-The-Grid Tiny Shipping Container House


this week we’re back in Auckland
visiting Brenda Kelly who’s managed to transform a 20-foot shipping container
into an incredible off-grid tiny home hey hey hey Brenda how’s it going okay
this is absolutely spectacular thank you beautiful place yeah I suddenly love it
container homes are something I’ve been passionate about since was a little girl
actually I didn’t realize how young it started to us going through mold
journals and back when I was even 13 I was scribbling little diagrams of
containers and how to make the most of the space with different furniture and
layout options and it’s just gone from passion to a hobby and I ventured aside
of you know one I just do this so how big is a shipping container shipping
containers a 20-foot container so it’s roughly six meters long by about two and
a half meters wide Wow and the interior bit that I’ve got here is about four
meters long so it comes to just under 10 square meters Wow
okay that’s incredible because I mean when you think of somebody doing a
20-foot shipping container build the last thing that you would expect is that
they only use four meters Eric yes what I wanted to do is keep it under 10
square meters cuz that’s the council requirement for not requiring building
consent right great solution yeah was it tough to build in that amount of
space it wasn’t actually and there’s a lot of planning that goes into it there
I fed it absolutely everything I need and I’m really stoked with the results
so it’s been great okay let’s have a look inside okay come
on in oh my goodness oh this is beautifully done thank you when I saw
how big the space was from the outside I would have never guessed it would be
this spacious inside yeah I think using white a lot helps certainly give it that
feel and given I’ve got a mezzanine floor as well it’s some given it a bit
more the high roof and especially the window view we just come and you just
hit with that beautiful view I think really adds to it as well and I think
what you’ve done by actually elevating the living area I love the sleeping area
as well as really clever because that’s just given it a whole place a real
feeling of greater spaciousness yeah kind of look up to it and in front of
you it’s slightly so it’s a bit of oh do I put the living area at the top which
is traditionally what you’re doing a tiny house but I didn’t want to sort of
be hit with it floor level of eye level I wanted to be
able to come in and see the view and have that feeling of spaciousness so you
have put the bedroom down below sure and unfortunately I’m young enough that
getting on my knees is not an issue so through it really well I’m really happy
I did make that call and how high is it in here in total it’s a high Q container
so it’s roughly 2.9 and given off that installation the ceiling down it’s
probably about 2.7 at the moment right okay and when it divides up into those
two separate compartments over there what are we looking at there the bottom
ones roughly one meter and high Tommy I want to make sure I could still sit up
in bed and read a book and things like that so just the right amount of
headroom and then this is roughly I think one point six five so you won’t be
able to stand up I can’t no but I’m but when you think about it when you need a
living room you’re not really standing anywhere yes ma’am so it hasn’t been a
problem at all we just got a home in better not hit the first time and then
you know you learn oh I’ve got a lovely great big sofa space here as well I mean
had to be lovely for lounging out all this and it’s great actually this some
doubles as a beard as well gift so votes also I am BB this comes up and then I’ve
got my library and linen cupboard in the faring there as well it pops up in this
storage underneath so everybody furniture and he has got
sort of built-in storage of some Sun Description to make the most of the
space and the kitchen is gorgeous again you’ve managed to pack a whole lot into
a very small amount of space haven’t you yeah absolutely I think but the height
still helps you can have sort of thought height covers and you’ve also got
storage up top sure and but yes everything I need the
fridge is just a perfect size for me I’ve got my drawers my pantry my cut
three everything’s got at space and yeah it’s great and the office space here as
well yes I went from home two days a week so it was important I had my own
sort of dedicated desk and this just fits perfectly into the space and the
only non 12-volt appliances I have I’ve got a little can inverter that I use
this 150 watts and you just plug it in all these places pop around the face or
all 12 volts so cigarette lighter or USB right so I can add my cellphone
run my printer for example or run off this charging my camera batteries in my
drawer battery about the only things on e 240 volts for and the
those fine so let’s check out the the lounge okay yeah see this is a really
really lovely space isn’t okay and what an incredible view you have out here
well lately yeah it’s my favorite seat in the house you’ve got right there just
looking out over there Bush I can imagine why
and so the 12-volt TV up there as well yes travel TV with built-in DVD player
right and it’s fun eh you’ve got a DVD of of a fireplace so you know in winter
would I have friends around come on and I’ve got the fire off so system is quite
good yeah but there’s an aquarium up there I know there’s an Aquarian up
there right now yes cats favorite program I’m here so um
let’s check out the sleeping area okay yeah come on in this base is so cozy
yeah it’s just the right height I can sit up and be in and read a book and
whatnot and not hit my head I can make the bed quite comfortably yeah that’s
yeah it’s perfect height really absolutely and the lighting here as well
yes we’ve got strip lighting along the wall and we’ve also got little
individual lights for reading by as well fantastic and you’ve got your wardrobe
all along the back wall there as well I do yes I’ve got a couple of shelving
units and with a rail in between for hanging storage so okay did it go on it
oh wow see this is actually a really lovely space yeah awesome I do like to
be able to have a shower and wash my hair without putting my hands all gone
for a 900 white shower and studio traditional 7:50 right and it said as a
good space is enough room to change and things like that which is great
absolutely and I really like what you’ve done here with the the clear light
roofing as well it’s bright lights and heats of natural light natural warmth
it’s great – you feel like you know you’re you’re in the middle of the brush
when you’re showering a little Kingfisher that sits on the clothesline
and watches me yeah absolutely that real outdoors bringing outdoors and that’s um
yeah I love it this is a utilities cover as well as
additional storage right and so obviously we’ve got our hot water
heating unit at the top it’s got all my camping gear and tools and stuff and
right down the bottom here a little draws we’ve got my two six volt
batteries right along with my 12 volt pump and accumulator tank under fear my
fuses and things they’re all tucked away in this cupboard and so the solar
control units here as well it is yes so at the moment even though it’s slightly
overcast I can tell that we’re drawing in close to one in right
and that one out going out at the moment as well so I’ve got some lights on so
overall I’ve drawn in 964 empowers and used 8:05 so as you can see my little
picture there there’s a battery with a smiley face as long as he’s happy I’m
happy sounds good to me and you put it on
concrete blocks I have yes this is a like just a tire that’s been filled with
concrete that’s great yes so given it’s just a temporary dwelling and in also
the beauty of containers you actually only need to support the four corners
because they’re designed obviously to to have that structural integrity and
support there so concrete blocks is all I really needed and this this containers
off grid as well isn’t it it is so can you tell me about some of the off-grid
features that have been built into it I shall carry yes I’ve got two 12-volt
Metro to six volt batteries connected in series to give me 12 volt everything is
wired up twelve volt there aren’t many appliances these days that you can’t get
12 volts so I’ve just done it that way it means I can do all the wiring myself
as well you don’t need an electrician sure I’ve got two one 35 watt solar
panels on the roof right and they basically just charged the batteries and
yeah it’s give me everything I need and what about what about rainwater
collection well if you want to come around the other side I can show you
what I do there let’s go so at the moment I’m just collecting rainwater
from the roof of the shed which is only about two square meters right and goes
into the guttering as you can see notice I’ve got a hedgehog data system and how
that works is it basically this like a cylinder inside the down pipe in the
rainwater comes around the outside of the down pipe fills up goes through this
lovely 2p into the two tanks I have set up right about to 220 liter tanks
connected to each other rain goes into the first one is water
seeks its own level they both fall at the same rate and once they fill up the
water comes back up here comes make up the drain flow and then comes down the
inner tube and out through the storm water which I’ll connect up I haven’t
had to do that yet right so you’ve got four hundred and forty liters of water
to work with treat how are you getting on with that it’s
been fine I mean I’ve been here three weeks we have had a fair bit of rain but
right I mean it’s just showering washing that you’re really using water for sure
damn I haven’t come close to running out so fantastic do you have a way of
monitoring how much you’ve got inside the task very very young high tech
solution tech solution very effective all right
I like to always undo and pour more and if I have to do so and if it hasn’t come
to that yet it’s been fine so I’ve got kind of an undercover entranceway right
and it also has my utilities cupboard which is storing my batteries and my
water pump as well as a whole lot of my tramping gear and things like that and
but the plan is also that these container doors they still open right
the way up right so once the weather gets better I do my landscaping I’ll
have a nice little patio out here and then those doors can open the indoor
outdoor flow and so tell me a little bit about the the build process did you do a
lot of the build yourself I did in the India contracted out the sourcing and
fitting out off the container and my source the windows and the doors a lot
of things he can hand to try and say well costs but I gave it to
professionals to install and yielding a welder isn’t one of my strong points and
that yeah I saw some of the materials myself and then when it came to doing
the painting and the installation and assembly and everything in between me
and my dad we’ve there yeah I managed to cut it out and so the big question what
was the budget the budget was around 30 grand
yeah and I’ve come in I haven’t added up the final tally but I think I probably
around 30 35 grand I think for what you have accomplished here that’s a really
really good price yeah yeah I’m definitely happy with it I mean a lot of
labor obviously didn’t go in today so that costing was it they don’t have
being another 20 grand vadym now it’s been a labor of love and
I’ve loved every minute of legend yeah really happy with the result well thank
you so much for showing us around you’re here with a full house it’s been a real
pleasure and I think you’ve created something here that you can really be
proud of thank you really appreciate it thank you Cheers
creating a comfortable living space and 10 square metres as an incredibly big
design challenge and I think Brenda has done a fantastic job and really making
it into a reality it’s really obvious how much thought and design has gone
into each and every aspect of the house and that means she’s managed to create
something that’s going to be a comfortable home for me
he is to come

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