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  1. missf

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    hi , thought someone might like to add their ideas to this picture on how they would make this area livable.
    The sun sets behind the mountains you can see peeking over the top .
    The sea container adjacent from the car (rhs of pic) has a kitchen and bathroom and is about to have a roof put over the top of that one container .
    so for those that love design lets hear your opinion.
     
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    Re: your opinion

    Find some second hand windows, measure them up and cut some holes and get some more light into those dark areas, same with the roof, get some light in to the dark areas. Can also use mirrors to bounce light into darker areas.

    Put some trees or something on your western side to reduce the afternoon heat hitting the containers.

    Add some timber to offset all that steel, inside add soft fabrics to reduce sounds bouncing around inside the containers.

    Plant some gardens and flowers :D
     
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    Re: your opinion

    Nice project. How about some vined pergola running between containers creating a semi-shaded courtyard (middle eastern style) with water and fruiting plants?
     
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    Re: your opinion

    The first thing I would do is paint them white to reflect heat
     
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    Re: your opinion

    hi and thanks, yes i have now got windows in them . yes I have googled sea containers (i have a fetish for them) and yes I appreciate your advise . white paint and pergolas as well as trees will be on the menu :)
     
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    Re: your opinion

    G'day Francine :)

    Nice set-up. It would appear that if the sun sets behind the mountain, then the 'courtyard' area would be open to an easterly aspect? If this is the case, plant sun-loving fruits and vines close to the north facing-wall, and espalier them to best utilise the limited amount of space. Create a little shade sail structure (poly tarps are easily found, but they flap a bit. Shade cloth is probably the best stuff. Used freight pallets make great 'decking'; throw a bit of carpet over them to stop you falling between the 'cracks') in the north-west corner, thus giving you a cool place sit outdoors in the heat of the day. Put your picking greens in a raised bed on the opposite (south-facing) side of the fruits and vines; this way they'll get the morning sun, but be protected from the heat of the day.

    Don't forget to post your pics :D.

    Cheerio, Marko.
     
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    Re: your opinion

    I'd say you could skip the paint if you could create a good plant based shade system on the high sun sides. You could even open up a wall, and make it move out into a shade system... ie: dwarf prune-able fruit tree's, climbers (grapes, hops, passion fruit, etc). Are you in a sub-tropical location ? You could plant banana, etc on the left side of the picture, in the courtyard right next the container. That will produce a lot of heat, and broaden your growing potential (less frosting as well).

    Would love to see more pics as well. What a sweet setup !
     
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    Re: your opinion

    Are these old refrigerated containers? If not, give some thought to insulation before you put a roof on. Uninsulated containers get very hot inside (you'll know this already if it's a regular container).
     
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