About a week ago I was driving around a very run down part of town looking for investment opportunities. It's an old crummy area on the edge of some new development. The houses are tiny, old, and many appear ready to essentially collapse. It's not overwhelmingly dangerous though because not too many people still live there (meaning it isn't the part of town with a lot of shootings).
Anyway, I came across a person who had made a structure out of cargo containers-- 9 cargo containers, stacked 3 high-- a 3x3 cube, roughly. 3 large rows of solar panels on the roof. There were AC units installed, and much of the electrical seemed to be run outside of the containers (properly done though-- well seemingly at least).
It was pretty cool. I wondered how the person got them stacked up 3x3-- obviously with a crane. What I mean is if I bought 9 cargo containers, I'd have to get them delivered and stacked. And how to do it-- one level at a time, or all 9 at once. There's a lot of knowledge to be gained there.
The lot had a fence/wall around it, and was probably about 2 acres or so. There was a conventional house on the property too, and it seemed to be linked to the cargo containers, but I couldn't see for sure.
It started me wondering though-- about things like zoning and building permits. Perhaps if one chooses a site in a part of town that no one really cares about, perhaps all of that stuff is easier. The container thing didn't look old, so I doubt it was granfathered in from decades ago. It looked really new. I know in my neighborhood you'd never get it approved, but in areas where abandoned collapsing homes are common-- perhaps that's the way to go.