Container house had its share of challenges
The building novices found expenses piled up at every turn – the floor-toceiling windows in their house, where the shipping container’s doors would have been, had to be custom-built as they are bigger than standard.
The costs of getting a crane in to place the containers was huge, and the house has a two-metre deep foundation welded to the containers.
A big obstacle was the unfamiliarity of shipping containers to builders and architects. A whole team of council resource consent planners was assigned to the house, and approval took months.
Despite the setbacks, the couple are delighted with their house, which Mr Yin says doesn’t feel industrial at all. ‘‘You don’t really want to feel you’re living in a shipping container rather than a home.’’
The couple are only selling because they are taking over a family importing business in Auckland. ‘‘ We’ll build another one when we’re millionaires, and we’ll keep it,’’ Mr Yin says.
To view the house call Blair Double at Professionals, 237 6633.