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Construction on first shipping container home nears finish line

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A first of its kind home in Eastern Iowa is starting to take shape. The home is built re-using four old shipping containers.

The home is being built by a group called Cargohab, who started the build back in July.

They say the construction has been a proof of concept for them, that's because the group hasn't attempted anything like this before. One of the partners on the project, Fred Zehr, said it has been a learning experience since day one.

The build, though close to being finished, is running behind schedule. That's because of the metal work that needed to be done on the shipping containers.

"Metal work versus wood work is probably three times the time to do it so that's kind of been one of the things on our schedule so once we got that going we got a lot done in a short amount of time,"Casey Cornwell, Cargohab Partner, said.

This is the first time any of them have worked on a shipping container.

"Every piece of metal on it is structural, so you remove some metal for windows or walls, you have to replace it with metal for the support that's needed and all that took a lot longer than we thought it would," Zehr said.

The new home is in the Cedar Rapids Parade of Homes, which starts October 7th. While they don't expect to have the inside ready in time for the first weekend of the parade, they do hope to have it in time for the second weekend. Parade goers are still encouraged to check out the outside of the home during that time.

After the completion, Cargohab said they'll have their own parade, of sorts. They'll be holding an open house every weekend. Parade of Home events tend to require people to buy tickets to see the homes. They're asking for theirs that people bring $1 to $2 or nonperishable food items which will go to charitable groups like House of Hope.

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