Build­ing the dream

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“It all be­gan with just a few printed im­ages from the in­ter­net and a vague idea of how I wanted the end prod­uct to look,” Lu­cas ex­plains. Two con­tain­ers (12m L x 2.4m W x 2.7m H) were welded to­gether to cre­ate his home. “As with most con­struc­tion projects, what was sup­posed to take two months turned into a four-month en­deav­our with plenty of blood, sweat and tears!” Lu­cas says.

Chal­lenges in­cluded the fact that the plot is si­t­u­ated on the side of a hill; that it is far from the main in­fra­struc­ture of the farm, so ev­ery­thing had to be brought up by trac­tor; and that for a long time there was no run­ning wa­ter or elec­tric­ity, so a gen­er­a­tor had to be utilised. For Lu­cas, the process was all trial and er­ror.

He didn’t want to cut into the side of the hill to cre­ate the unit’s foun­da­tions, so the con­tainer was placed on pil­lars po­si­tioned deep in the ground and se­cured with con­crete and bricks. This re­sulted in the cabin’s el­e­va­tion in front. In­side, the con­tainer was in­su­lated with min­eral wool – heated ma­te­ri­als spun into non-com­bustible wool, coated with a resin and com­pressed to be­come the fin­ished prod­uct. The in­te­rior was then clad with re­cy­clable Mag­naBoard and the deck was cre­ated us­ing a welded, square steel tub­ing frame and durable, low-main­te­nance balau.

Lu­cas named the unit Copia, Latin for “abun­dance”, and is in the process of adding a few more units to grow his new busi­ness ven­ture. >>

Braai area walls and con­tainer ex­te­rior painted with Powafix Wall­shield Matt (tinted to a dark blue with a grey un­der­tone)

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