• 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…

  • WHICH CONTAINER AND WHY?

    I thought to do a post about the sizes of container we chose and why as it is one of the most common questions people are asking now …When we first started on this “quest” and looking at shipping containers as a way to get a home we got a bit carried away LOL… One of our first plans was 4 x 40ft containers in a  square with a courtyard in the middle … Another was them all stacked at angles … then as time moved on and we REALLY started looking at them we realised quite a few things …..some of which may or may not apply to where…

  • GETTING THE PERMIT AND LAYING THE BASE!

    Well…. 2020 is over and I am sure everyone will never forget it… So here in Greece, we were in lockdown from March for a good few weeks until it was started to lift in May … and on May 26th we got our license [permit] finally to build the container home. The permit office asked a load of questions while I was there and so I have promised them we will have an “open day” when it is done and they can all come and see …. Obviously, without Lockdown we would have had it the end of March as it was literally 99% ready as we went into…

  • WELDING EQUIPMENT AND KEEPING YOUR WELDER HAPPY!

              So if like us you are going to do a lot of the welding for your containers yourself you need to invest in decent equipment. There is going to be a LOT of welding in a house made of metal, plus it helps that your welder is kept happy – happy welder gets more work done, especially when he is a teenager and can still get distracted easily!!!….Obviously being made of metal the welding is one way to cut down the cost if you can do it yourself! As the welder was going to be a major part of the build we bought a decent…