If you noticed that there was no plan for roof trusses in the original drawings, you have just seen evidence of the unstable process of building an unconventional building. I had originally planned to use salvaged material intended for the walls of a metal quanset hut to form the porch roof. It would have been so expensive to get it engineered to comply with code, that we made the decision to go with a conventional roofing system using new material. The roof covering will be Galvalume 5V metal (tin), attched with screws.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
The prefabricated roof trusses took very little time to install. Mac Pfifer is the framing contractor and with his crew and the help of a boom truck, placed all trusses in one morning. It took them the rest of the day and the following morning to tie it all down and tie it all together. This view shows the vaulted ceiling shape of the screened porch. The space from which the picture is taken will be the carport.
There is no real front or back to the house. There is a primary entry on one corner, but the screened porch is designed to be a living area and is contiguous to the kitchen, dining area, and den. The roof extends over the entry porch. We plan to leave the container doors in place (second container to the right), to be closed for security when the house is locked. When not in use, the container doors will be opened against the adjacent containers. Storm/security shutters may be installed over the windows using the cutouts from the window holes. This may happen later depending on money and schedule.
The screened porch is approximately 16' x 24'. It must accomodate a Pawley's Island Hammock and a picnic table. It is supported by concrete piers on the outside and brackets welded to the container on the inside. This view shows the the sliding glass door (salvage) to the den and the kitchen window which is over the sink.
Interior framing has been installed. We made the decision to frame out inside because sprayed urethene insulation was expensive, plus Johnny felt that the plumbing and electrical would be less expensive to install within the interior framing. The rooms are all clearly defined now and one can get the feel of the layout. The living room windows are shown from the inside. The windows must still be sealed with foam from the inside and outside to connect the framing on the inside and to close the corrugations on the outside. The windows must also be loosened and caulked between the window and the container. One window will have to be replaced as it had been broken by vandals.
In order to make the unit as tight as possible, I chose not to penetrate the top of the containers. Upright bolts are welded to receive two wood 2x4 anchor plates for the trusses. You can see the corner block with holes used for lifting and locking the ocean going container. The anchor plates will have to fitted around the corner block. The first of the 2x4 anchor plate is bolted down. A second anchor plate will be attached to the first. This run is along the front of the house. Both anchor plates have been attached to the entire perimeter of the house. Beams have been installed. The beams were necessary to cover the porches, where there was no container to support the trusses. Temporary posts are supporting the beams. Hollow posts will replace the temporary posts, through which hurricane straps embedded in the foundation will tie the beams and roof trusses to the foundation. Brackets had to be fabricated from 1/4" steel plate, and welded to the containers to receive the beams. The brackets are approximately 3" wide x 11" high x 8" deep. The same brackets were welded to the container to receive the support beams for the floors of the porches. I feel sure there are standard manufactured brackets that can be purchased to avoid having to have them fabricated.