Shipping Container Church and a Garden Update

26 May

Someone nearby is working on something that I want to do..a shipping container building. It is being built at a cemetary that is being refurbished and it looks like it is going to be a storage area which looks like a mini-church. A simple roof for storage and to keep rain off the roof and outside walls..


Looks like a pretty simple scheme to attach the wood pieces..holes must have been driven then bolts hold on the structure…with a brace to stand on to do the roofing..I am assuming this structure will be taken off the sides when it is done.



Pretty sweet looking setup..I will revisit it in a week or 2..Personally I would have put a window in but that might have required a plasma torch and more complexity/security.


..and a general garden update. Kale ( not basil), lettuce, tomato, onions, peas and beans all doing well..the weather has been hot followed by a day of rain so everything went green over the course of a week..the place looks totally different than it did just a week ago..and much prettier with all the dull browns covered by lush green!..and also note that many of our veggie tags now have the writing worn off. Next year we need a different solution.







Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Construction


8 responses to “Shipping Container Church and a Garden Update

  1. jambaloney

    May 26, 2012 at 5:22 am

    NICE looking garden dude – you guys are gonna eat really well this year!!

    you are braver than we are, our tomatoes are still in the plastic porch! those tags are a drag, we have used sharpies on plastic tags and we get the same result…blurred letters and a wait and see approach to what was planted.. we know it’s lettuce, but what kind ?? ;-))

    glad you are living the lush green life!! looks and smells great, huh?? we’ve had awesome weather this year compared to last – rain for a day or two -sun for four! bushes, trees, wildflowers…all looking as healthy as can be!!! potatoes are popping in the tires too. not too late to start some if you are still interested.

    that container looks like awesome storage space, but i would have skipped the roof and painted every 5 years ;-)).

    have a great weekend!

  2. jambaloney

    May 26, 2012 at 5:38 am

    egb – shoot me an e-mail, got a non-blog question for you if you are cool with that.

  3. Ron

    May 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Around here, it’s very common to see people build structures around mobile homes. Many of them are very well done, and challenged my ideas of house construction. In fact, friends of ours have joined a mobile home to an old farm house, and are now turning the whole thing into a bigger nicer house…it actually looks great, and they got a big head start by already having a decent trailer with wiring, windows, heat, plumbing, etc.

    • eagergridlessbeaver

      May 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

      I am sure! I know one thing for sure..when you have running water and a kitchen almost anything else seems livable!

  4. Shim Farm (@ShimFarm)

    May 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

    We should have invested in an old shipping container years ago. If you check out YouTube, there are a LOT of amazing videos on retrofitting them for a variety of purposes.

    Yeah, and the garden looks amazing, too!

    • eagergridlessbeaver

      May 29, 2012 at 9:34 am

      ..I KNOW..I have wanted to have a shipping container house/cottage for years..even now I am on the cusp of purchasing a 20ft container..potentially. hehe. I want to build a bunkie with one..or store stuff in it and build a bunkie with my shed. The best thing about a container cottage is I could build it all at my place then have it shipped to any property I want in the future.

      Yes, the garden really is growing!

  5. John Delp

    May 27, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I like the look of the roof, but aren’t shipping containers built to last years out on the decks of cargo boats crossing stormy seas? Why so much effort to protect something so durable? And yeah, a window would be nice, and a great excuse to use a plasma cutter!

    As far as plant labeling, you can draw a diagram of your garden on some graph paper and make a map of where everything is. We don’t even get around to using plastic tags, but it’s a thought I’ve had…

    • eagergridlessbeaver

      May 29, 2012 at 9:36 am

      yes, I think in this case they wanted to dress it up..I would do a green roof with mine if I had once since the roof is rated for 20 tonnes.

      WIth a garden our size we don;t have too much trouble but it is something that drives me batty ( mostly due to having seen better solutions on other blogs ;) )


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