• OFF-GRID INSTALLATION! [so far!]

    I saw an advert on Facebook for Off-Grid Installer and got in touch with Leigh who was actually in Corfu at the time and he came and had a chat about what we needed for what we wanted to have power for. We then kept in touch and when we were ready Leigh also helped us organise not just the installation, but the actual container and shipping to Greece as well! The container he purchased from the UK company Cleveland containers and this particular one had the new “easy open” system …. and the shipping was done and organised by Kuehne and Nagel.…. I can happily recommend all of the…

  • SANDING/ SPRAYING – and MISTAKE number 1

    So “Arnie The Trial container” has landed and obviously we have our first mistake. We knew Arnie was not going to stay where he is for now but we should have made some kind of properly flat area for him or at least some cement squares as there is actually only 4 corners of about 20×20 cm touching the ground. There is some jacking up etc and he now sits on 4 “makeshift” corners but is still slightly “off”…Still he won’t be part of the end house so not overly worried. So major point – make sure you have properly prepared the area where your container will sit! Yes it…

  • ENGINEER / ARCHITECT AND THINNING OUT !!……

    Probably the most important new best friend you will need! That is the person making your plans…. It is amazing how difficult it suddenly becomes when you are thinking of getting 3 rather large human beings to live in a very very very small space – the beauty of where we are though being that 90% of your life you can live outside. Now don’t take that as me saying that 90% of the weather here is sunny and hot – it is not!! We just have thick English skin and are quite prepared to sit outside even with thermals, thick blankets and a fire pit – and hot chocolate……

  • Step 1 – FIND YOUR LAND……..

    Now this part of our story actually has nothing to do with shipping containers – it is just here so you can see how we came to this point – so feel free to skip it if you are just here for research on shipping containers as your home…….this is also a very emotional write for me as this story actually started way over 10 years ago and to suddenly see some movement again is raising all sorts of emotions in me……. So as the years rolled along [we arrived in Corfu in 1989] my parents realised we were not coming back and thought we should start looking for something…

  • GETTING STARTED……

    So – …. here we go. First off you need to know that I have never considered myself a super smart person nor a total idiot – mind you I have done some pretty stupid things in my life but usually that was the alcohols fault, not mine! And I am SOOO glad social media was not around then! So basically I am trying to let you know that I am not great with technology – I have set this site up pretty much on my own and you will have to bear with me if photos etc do not work so well – I will no doubt have the…