Designing a shipping container house for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt (GISH)

We’ve been moving into our new house! The past two weeks have been physically exhausting, but great fun. We are finally unpacked, and enjoying having a garden for change – just in time to enjoy this wonderful weather in the UK. The building itself is a 1930s council house, and its true what they say; ‘they don’t make ’em like that any more.’ Once I’ve finished drawing up the house in Archicad I may have to do a blog post to share what I’ve been doing.

Somewhere within the past two weeks I managed to fit in a fun little project for Kirsty (my wife) who had been taking part in the week-long scavenger hunt GISH, where people taking part carry out fun/crazy/charitable tasks and it just so happened that one of the tasks was to:

Submit Bonafide architectural drawings (that can’t already be found on the Internet) for a homemade from two shipping containers. Must have a kitchen, bathroom, and windows.

Obviously, with my background and experience I leapt at the opportunity and agreed to mock up a really sketchy design for submission. It was great fun, and shipping container architecture was something that I’d wanted to look at for a while!

After a quick sketch around and a bit of modelling in Archicad I managed to come up with this:

The main idea was to stack and stagger the two container units so that it created a sheltered area, for planters and even a swing set. The floor plan is fairly bare, with a small kitchen/dining space on the ground floor but with consideration given to how the staircase winds up into the main bedroom space. The bed on the higher floor is extra large to take up the whole width of the container, with views directed out, through folding doors over the balcony area and beyond.

(Tea and Crumpets was the team name, as some members were from the UK, and others were from the US! Go team Tea and Crumpets!)

Beautiful Trees – Free Autocad Block

Since there was quite a lot of interest in my last free AutoCAD block offering on the site, I decided to release another! This time in the form of a hand-drawn, fully-shaded tree in plan symbol that can be used anywhere.

I got the idea for drawing a few of these after seeing hand-drawn landscaping plans and wishing I could do something similar using just AutoCAD. Turns out: you can! Using true line weights and carefully selecting true colours, this block can be stretched, scaled and rotated to suit without losing its look due to pentypes or weights.

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Click here to download the block for free (Right click > Save as)

A dappled summer/autumn tree, good for general usage

Some additional info:

  • File version is AutoCAD DWG 2000.
  • 195kb (pretty small for a presentation block).
  • Fully purged.
  • All lines on layer 0 with colours overridden.

If you like using this file, you may consider buying the full set of 8 trees (including this one) for only £1.79 ($2.30) here

Standard Doors – Free Dynamic CAD Block

Everyone loves free dynamic CAD blocks!

The other day I was trying to find a standard dynamic block for single leaf doors – ideally in metric and imperial sizes – I couldn’t find one anywhere so I decided to make my own.

I quite enjoy making dynamic blocks in AutoCAD – sad I know, but in the long run it seems to save the office time if they can reuse these components, rather than having hundreds of alternative sizes saved on file.

The block itself comes in standard metric and imperial sizes – with a lookup for the structural openings, as well as references for the leaf sizes. It can also be tweaked to fit almost all openings and wall thicknesses with AutoCAD’s parametric stretching.

How to use it

Here it is in action

Some additional info

  • The door handle is a nestled block – feel free to edit the block named Handle and it should update all the doors.
  • Doors are shown at 35mm thick and the lining is shown with a simple rabetted jamb.
  • Door references are also shown in the middle of the door opening, you can edit reference text by double clicking the block, or you can remove it by turning off the A-Z22132-T-DoorReference layer.
  • Door swing is shown at 90 degrees.
  • File version is AutoCAD DWG 2004

Please note: I do not take any responsibility for the usage of any of this information. Please take all the measurements indicated with a pinch of salt, standard door sizes may vary between countries.

Update 05-02-2018:
Following comments saying the download link was broken, I have now uploaded a new version of the door file — please let me know if you have any issues! Note: you need AC2007 at the least, in order to use this block object.

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(Right click > Save as) Open in Autocad and enjoy!