Here in Los Angeles housing is expensive but there's an alternative which could save about thirty percent on construction cost shipping container homes CBS News Tuesday market shows us more as the cost of living rises the way we live is changing people are living in modular homes prefab homes and even shipping container homes. containers get all the headlines countless shipping containers come into the ports of LA and Long Beach and many of them stay but some are being repurposed into everything from retail spaces to homes when Paula approached me about a shipping container home I thought this is insane.
And then I met Peter and I still thought it was insane. Matt and Paula dowd are using shipping containers to build two shipping container homes in Redondo Beach one for them and one for Grandma. I can age in place and my grandchildren will grow up here and I'll be with my daughter and my son inlaw. they're building with architect Peter DeMaria but it's an idea that still stirs controversy. In this area you mostly find Mediterranean or craftsman style homes and you bring something like this to the city and.
They're like, yeah I don't know it took several trips to the City Council to get their property approved with multiple modifications to the design and Matt had the same concerns as the city. my opinion was oh my gosh it's going to be boxy and corrugated but many homes built from shipping containers look like this and this all of these homes were designed by the architect very few people be able to tell wow that's a shipping container home. containers are the thing that really breaks down the door and people say.
Maybe I can do the little bit differently and I'm not going to sacrifice quality and I'm not going to sacrifice on the size of the house and all of it translates into doing it less expensively. most containers can be covered with any surface like wood stucco or vinyl siding and it's affordable while maintaining quality in general they're around 30 percent less than traditional construction a great value but the quality of construction is a heavy gauge steel that that blows away wood frame house a comforting thought in quakeprone.
Southern California and by upcycling metal containers it's one of the greenest options available so the containers become a means to an end we're changing the way we think about building and we're saving the planet. we're taking material and upcycling it as opposed to cutting down five or six acres of forest every time we put up a new wood frame house. DeMaria says there's a revolution to change how we live and the Dowd's are early adopters and I think this is how a great progress is made really this.
How to Arrange Herbs in Containers At Home With P. Allen Smith
Who says you have to have a lot of room to be able to grow lots of herbs You know, sometimes when you think about herbs and growing herbs, you think about this idea of, well, you gotta have an herb gardena whole space dedicated to growing herbs. Well, that's really not the case at all. So many herbs do so well in containers. For instance, here, and I have them integrated here on these steps that go into the house, so they're very convenient to the kitchen. And when I say integrated, I have other things growing around them. So.
The herbs aren't just not these plants of utility, they're actually integrated into the design of this entryway into the house. This happens to be a wonderful basil that grows very tall and colanderlike. So the vertical accents here at this entryway, well, they're just gonna enhance it even more. And I'll be able to harvest basil off of this throughout the entire growing season. Now, if you wanna grow basil or most other herbs, you're gonna have to have full sun or at least halfday sun. And you wanna make sure that.
The soil drains well and that you're soil stays consistently moist. You don't want them to sit in standing water. And I always like to use a saucer underneath my containers. It really helps with the wateringit cuts it in half for me. I also like to keep the tags. And I slide them down just along the side of the container like that, so I can remember what varieties I have planted in what containers, because I use herbs in containers all around the garden. Let me show you another example, come on over here. So take a look.
At this display This is on one side of my tool shed. Rather than just having a blank wall, I took advantage of very limited space. I have a shelf that sticks out about 18 inches here. One that only sticks out about 6 inches here. And just look at all the herbs that I can grow here in containers. I have all kinds of mints that are cascading down as well as thyme and chives. And what I've done is I've staggered them at different heights by turning a container upside down. I can sit this one up a little higher, so it makes.
It rather artistic. And get this All of these were planted from a single container that's this size. This is spicy oreganooh, I just wish you could smell the aroma. And it, too, will cascade down. You can see down there on the far end, one of them is already growing very well. Now the thing to remember with herbs is the more that you clip them back and use them the more of these delicious leaves they will produce. If you're enjoying these tips on how to bring beauty and flavor into your life, make sure you subscribe to eHow.
Container Grown Fruit At Home With P. Allen Smith
Figs are delicious, and they were actually considered the first form of clothing, if you know what I mean Let me tell you how you can grow them in a small space. You know, something I hear a lot from folks is that I would really love to grow some of my own food, but I have much room at all, really no space. Hey, it doesn't take much space to grow some of the most delicious things you've ever eaten in your life. I'm crazy about blueberries. Look at all these blueberries. And guess what They're growing in containers.
I have 5 containers of blueberries here, 3 different varieties. And look at the fruit set. I'm giving them a little feed. I fertilized them just as they were coming out of their winter slumber. But I'm giving them just a little bit more, as these blueberries began to ripen. You see, about a month and a half ago they started swelling, or the buds did. And you can see these beautiful flowers. And then the honey bees showed up and they started pollenating. And what you have to have to produce blueberries like this isyou need.
At least varieties that flower at the same time, so you get that cross pollination going on. And what I like to do is make sure I plant them in large containers, and I set them down in saucers. And I got a drip irrigation system here. This keeps the soil consistently moist. And you can see just how well they're producing. In the fall, the foliage on these plants, well, it's just outstanding. They're beautiful plants. Hey, in my fruit production, in this little space, doesn't just stop here. Come on over here, let me show you. Now take a.
Look at this big guy. This is a fig. It's actually a Brown Turkey Fig. And I don't bring these in in the winter, even though you might think that's such an Italian thing to have. Actually, I got the idea of growing them in containers on a trip to Italy, where I was sitting out at a restaurant in a little patio area, and they had big pots of figs. And it was really beautiful. But just look at all the fruit on this fig tree, it's just fantastic. Now, as I said, this one's Brown Turkey. And I don't have to take these containers in during.
The winter. There are some varieties that can really take much colder temperatures. For instance, there's one called Chicago Hearty that is hearty up to Zone 5Chicagoand it can take temperatures as low as zero. Now, I wouldn't say it would survive in a container exposed like this, but it would in the ground. But anyway, it just looks great as a landscape plant. And just look at all these gorgeous figs. Hey, if you're enjoying these segments on how to grow some of your own food in the tiniest places, tell a friend about them.
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Container Could happen and it's what has you talking tonight. KITV4 got a peek inside what could be the future of micro housing in Hawaii. The demonstration project on the grounds of Honolulu Hale by the nonprofit group FACE is showing off a 20' by 8' shipping container, transformed into a dwelling unit for five people. There's room for bunkbeds and a desk inside, but no bathrooms or kitchen facilities. It cost about $11,000 to to make it livable. Could this be the answer to the our housing crunch Solomon DuPont says,.
Amazing Idea! Create more of these and then just make a public restroom area for all to share. This is a great start. Michael Guerrero writes, Nice. better then sleeping on the streets. But Denise Crosby counters, I don't get the great appeal. It has no bathroom or kitchen. I can't imagine living without runny water, if only to wash my hands. No facilities means they would need to be erected like a wagon train at night, with Porta Toilets barbecue grills or cooking implements, of course trash disposal. I.
Container Gardening Ideas
VO CONTAINER GARDENING IS SIMPLE AND FUN YOU JUST GROW PLANTS IN POTS INSTEAD OF IN THE GROUND. VO START WITH A CONTAINER, AND MAKE SURE IT HAS HOLES IN THE BOTTOM FOR PROPER DRAINAGE. IF IT DOESN'T, A LARGE DRILL BIT SHOULD DO THE TRICK. VO NEXT, PUT IN POTTING SOIL. DON'T USE REGULAR SOIL FROM YOUR GARDEN OR YARD AS IT LIKELY WON'T DRAIN WELL AND LACKS THE NUTRIENTS THAT POTTED PLANTS NEED TO THRIVE. VO FOR THIS CONTAINER, WE'RE GOING TO CREATE SOMETHING SHOWY. VO THE KEY TO THIS DESIGN IS A THRILLER, A FILLER, AND A SPILLER.
VO THE THRILLER IS A TALL PLANT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CONTAINER. VO FROM THERE, WORK YOUR WAY DOWN AND AROUND WITH YOUR FILLER WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT CONTRASTS AND FILLS IN THE POT. VO FINALLY, ADD YOUR SPILLER. THAT'S A VINE THAT WILL SPILL OVER THE EDGE OF THE POT, MAKING YOUR CONTAINER LOOK FULL AND ROBUST. VO WHEN SELECTING PLANTS, MAKE SURE TO READ THE TAG, AND NOTE THE LIGHT AND WATER REQUIREMENTS. VO SPACING IS A CONSIDERATION ALSO, BUT TYPICALLY PLANTS ARE SPACED CLOSER TOGETHER IN CONTAINER.
GARDENS. VO PLACE THE CONTAINER IN THAT PERFECT SPOT THAT NEEDS SOMETHING EYECATCHING, AND YOU'RE DONE! IF YOUR CONTAINER IS ON A DECK OR SIMILAR SURFACE, YOU MAY WANT TO USE A SAUCER TO PROTECT THE WOOD BENEATH IT. VO THE JOY OF CONTAINER GARDENING IS DESIGNING SOMETHING THAT WORKS FOR YOUR SPACE AND WITH YOUR PERSONAL STYLE. VO ONE POPULAR DESIGN INVOLVES MIXING MANY COLORS AND STYLES FOR A STUNNING DISPLAY. ANOTHER METHOD IS TO USE GREEN OR WHITE FLOWERS ONLY, GIVING A CLEANER, SUBTLE LOOK. VO FINALLY, WHY NOT GROW SOMETHING YOU CAN EAT HERBS AND MANY VEGETABLES DO WELL IN.
Hi! My name is Scott Reil and on behalf of Expert Village, I would like to talk to you about container gardening. When designing containers, it is good to keep a couple of general principals in mind. One is the principal of contrast and in trying to do my two containers here, I've chosen a taller container which I've even accented the vertical even more by putting a tall plant in it and plants that grow in a more upright shape and I want to contrast that with the horizontal. You can see I've picked a lower container here and.
I want to pick some plants that are going to accent the horizontal more. First of all I am going to put this gerber daisy in the middle. Now you can see the leaves hold on a very horizontal way and the flowers that come up, it holds on a horizontal plane as well. So this is the kind of plant that is going to really accent the container that it is in by being horizontal as well and that's a good way to look at it. Here I've actually wanted to make the taller container vertical and the lower container horizontal but you.
Could switch it around some. To make this container more horizontal all we need to do is put some trailing things and some lower more vertical plants and trail it over to the side it would change the feel entirely. The other thing to think about when you are designing containers, is your color contrast and your color compliments. This one I've chosen to go with a little bit of a red, white and blue theme little bit on the patriotic side but I also again, chosen plants are going to stay low, packed and horizontal so this.
Is never going to be a really tall container. What I have done though is I've chosen some plants that are going to compliment the colors that I've used in this container. For instance, this quartz blue verbena is going to show off a very blue coloration in here soon and it is really going to stand out against that red here, but it is very much going to compliment the blue in the container that I used back here. I've also done much the same thing with the ageratums that I've used. The ageratum, being to the whiter side is going to compliment.
With the white snapdragons up here, but there is just a tinge of pink in here so it will reference back to the daisy's that I've got in the middle. The other nice compliment that I have going here is we have two types of ageratums, so even though the flower colors are different, I get very similar looks in the big tall flower up here and the low flower that I've used down there. By contrasting and complimenting back and forth between different colors, you can get a look in your container that is going to be cohesive with the gardens,.
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