Con­tainer house had its share of chal­lenges

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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.

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