The idea was a simple one — to take shipping containers and convert them into low cost housing.
Then the project sort of took a new direction, when we learned how much money there was in the Tiny House craze.
We decided instead to go 50/50 on our final units, providing some at the lowest possible cost for people who need it, and the other half with more amenities, jacked up prices, for the dabbling millennials. We had over eighty shipping containers, and they all needed to be refurbished, set up with plumbing, electric, and HVAC systems. I was the lead HVAC tech for the project, and coincidentally I was the only HVAC tech on the project, so I put in a lot of hours for a lot of weeks. We didn’t want to cut corners, we wanted the best possible product so we could sell them for the best prices, so each unit had its own HVAC system on the roof. There were a series of air ducts along the edges of the roof that lead to a series of air vents in the sides of the container. It took two weeks just to finish the first six HVAC installations, because like I said we weren’t cutting any corners. When it was all said and done, the ductwork paint job was so good it blended in with the container. Additional ductwork covered up the cables and wires that gave the unit power. With all of the nuts and bolts of electricity and climate control on the exterior, the interior of the container was neat and spacious.