I came across this shipping container house which is in Costa Rica. Its designed and built by a company called Bamboo Groves and its given me some great ideas on the construction of our new house when we eventually get round to doing our own. The design is worked round the Tropical climate of Costa Rica which pretty much has the same problems as we have here in the Philippines. The designs are based on cooling rather than heating and primarily looks at how to use natural ventilation and cooling.
Bamboo Groves uses intermodal steel building units (ISBUs) which we would call in the UK modular building. They are insulated shipping containers that make up the framework of the house then Guadua Bamboo which is a fast growing bamboo and easy to get hold of in Costa Rica as its grown locally. they then used this for the framework of the roof beams they do several designs and sizes. But the one in the photos is something that got my brain working on the fact it can be done in phases. As well as very easy to construct which will save on labour time as most of the work is “finishing” rather than things like hollow blocks which are labour intensive.
The use of high ventilated roofs spanning across the containers offers natural cooling as well as a very open kitchen and sitting area which is something I really like about the design. The design gives a real feeling of space and a clean functional home.
The main thing I have learned over time here in the Philippines though if your not happy “do it yourself” because when things go wrong people will generally say “but this is the Philippines not the UK”. Which is true and to be honest I think a lot of the problems are caused by a skilled labour shortage. Yes you can get the plumber,painter,carpenter etc. but generally their skill base locally is limited and quality of work is sub-standard. Doesn’t mean you can’t find good workers just that the time and effort involved its difficult and if they are that good no doubt they will be following the rest of the skilled market and become an OFW. I have added another spacious clean design below as well as a bit of food for thought.