Earth-cooled, shipping container underground CA home for 30K

Earth-cooled, shipping container underground CA home for 30K

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Earth-cooled, shipping container underground CA home for 30K
As a kid Steve Rees played in caves and learned how the earth could cool. As an adult, he buried two shipping containers and created an off-grid retirement home for himself and his wife Shirley. After a few years of camping on their 10 acre plot in Northern California, they bought two shipping containers, hired […]
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As a kid Steve Rees played in caves and learned how the earth could cool. As an adult, he buried two shipping containers and created an off-grid retirement home for himself and his wife Shirley.

After a few years of camping on their 10 acre plot in Northern California, they bought two shipping containers, hired an excavator and got to work. Doing most of the work themselves, their finished home cost them $30,000 (solar included). Their 640-square-foot space cost them less than $50 per square foot.

Rees explains that while this is less than conventional construction costs, the savings only begin with construction. With a solar-powered well, a bit of propane and solar tubes for most of their light, they haven’t had any city water or electric bills since 2002. Winter temperatures in their home (even during 20 degrees outside) never fall below 62 degrees (an RV catalytic heater is sufficient for heating). Even when the temperature rises to 110 outside in the summer, their home has never risen above 82 degrees.

When they asked the county about permitting they were told they “didn’t have a permit for burying containers”. They have been inspected since completing their home and they have a permitted septic system and a permitted well, just no permit for a single family dwelling.

Steve Rees book: “Off Grid and Underground” http://www.amazon.com/Off-Grid-Underground-Simpler-Live/dp/1493798510

Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/earth-cooled-shipping-container-underground-ca-home-for-30k/

Steve has agreed to field questions at [email protected]



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Comments

old timer says:

I think all homes in tornado alley should be partially if not completely underground

YoWhatUpMike says:

not big enough…should have used 5 containers…and get rid if that fancy entrance…when horders and zombies come..he'll be sorry

Jake b B says:

it must suck to be poor….

Logan's Hot Rod & 4X4 says:

I wonder if they considered coating the outside of the containers with roofing tar to prevent moisture seepage & rust. Would that create more problems than it solves?

Eleven 11 says:

3 containers would've been better but he's happy so I'm happy! Great Video

BonnieBlue2A says:

Curious how this home has been holding up during the heavy CA rains and flooding. Any updates?

manicmandownup says:

Cool, but not too pleasing aesthetically…lack of creativity on the interior design

Chuck Rider says:

I'm guessing this is up by Redding do to the landscape I lived up there for 10 years love it

thatguy6214 says:

the interior is so shitty

kit p says:

I always thought this was a good idea but I'd only live in those if there was a minimum of 5 containers because 2 or less is too small for me. I like a lot of space.

Jack Thompson says:

I was kinda worried at first because the build didn't show any concrete being used and then he mentioned having to use a masonry bit to get through the walls for running services into the structure. You DO NOT want to bury shipping containers without any concrete and rebar. Shipping containers really only have support strength on the corners where they come into contact with other shipping containers for stacking. The sides and ceilings will give way to the weight of the dirt if no structural concrete and rebar is used to encase the structure.

Becky Lynn says:

I really love this house.. You did a great job and I have seen so many.. This is the first time I've commented on any of them.. Nice work. I would need more direct sunlight though.. Thank u for the video..

Halil Yalcin says:

he explained that very well. i think its really enough for a small family. not much expensive only 30.000 very smart and lovely.😊

Alexander Gonzalez says:

With a third container they could build a grow room and never have to worry about money hehe 😉

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