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Good motorcycle shipping companies will place your motorcycle in a separate crate for safety. Your home is made out of STEEL, which means it’s resistant to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and fire. Does this mean that the dream of living in an affordable, safe and efficient home is out of reach for you and your family? I know the thought of living in a house made out of shipping containers is pretty radical to some people. Because my new book, Introduction to Container Homes and Buildings, is your first step in learning how to build an ISBU home yourself, on a budget.
My name is Alex Klein, and I’ve been helping families build with ISBU containers for over 30 years now. This is why I decided to create a series of books to teach people how to work with these containers.
Right now, we’re offering Introduction to Container Homes and Buildings for an incredibly low reduced price. We wrote Introduction to Container Homes and Buildings with one goal in mind: to help you, and other families, see just how easy and affordable it is to build with ISBU containers. We’re talking safe, affordable, sustainable, livable homes that will shelter you and your family for decades to come. And, yes… if you need that tactile sensation of feeling pages turn in your fingers (we understand completely), simply use Adobe Reader or your word processor to print the book out! You’ll never spill water on it, tear the pages, or forget where you put it, because it’ll be tucked safely on your hard drive for years to come! Learn ALL the ISBU Facts and TRICKS from EXPERTS who have been doing it for over 3 decades! If you’re dreaming of living in a safe, affordable, sustainable home that you (and not the bank) own, then ISBU is the answer. This custom 32? gooseneck trailer tiny house on wheels was built by Greg Parham, of Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses, for a family of three (husband, wife, toddler, plus a dog and a cat). You can help us spread the word on this tiny house by “Liking” on Facebook using the button below and re-sharing this story using the e-mail and social media re-share buttons below.
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This looks just about like perfect layout that I’ve been wanting for my tiny house project.
I saw how you got to the living area,nice stair case, but how do you get the sleeping side? The other loft is accessed by non storage steps up to it which are located to the right inside the back entrance & beside the washing machine.
Just did a podcast with Christopher Carson Smith, creator of Tiny: A Story about Living Small. All one needs in that dinning area could be some colorful cushions, and maybe a table cloth, or maybe a different tabletop, like cherry, oak, maple, etc. 5th Wheel trailers offer so much more usable space, tow much better and better suited for tiny houses. Yes, there are options that are less expensive as well as others that are much more expensive. Yes, I know what you mean about the less expensive fifth wheels, but the finishes, insulation, lasting quality, are just not there. We built an in ground home and a domed home, and my husband would love to build a Tiny Home. Hi I love the inside and was wondering if this type of home can be built with a foundation instead of on wheels???? This jaw-dropping Brisbane property, made out of 31 shipping containers, is a one-off bespoke design by experienced builder Todd Miller of Zeigler Build. The only other similar house in Australia has been built from five containers. Situated on 706 square metres in Graceville, the spectacular home stands out in a quiet neighbourhood of more traditional Queensland properties. Only 8 kms away from the Brisbane CBD, it feels like another world. Glass maximises natural light and a mix of materials, including the signature containers, cleverly used to industrial chic effect. Other features include a mezzanine reading room, a pull out queen wall bed in the rumpus room, an art study, workshop, gym space, water tank and saltwater pool. The home will be auctioned on site on December 1 at 10 am, and is being marketed by Place Graceville. Venessa has worked in digital publishing for over a decade and has been a passionate online community builder even longer.
We receive lots of emails from people asking us- how do I go about building my own shipping container home? Matt Mooney, a principal at Corgan based in Texas, decided for his next home he wanted to use shipping containers. It has three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and an outdoor swimming pool to name but a few of the features! Brenda Kelly from iqcontainerhomes has been dreaming of living in a shipping container home since she was 13, and she has been modelling and creating designs for shipping container homes for as long as she can remember!
Her new home was made from a single 20 foot shipping container and due to its size it doesn’t require any building permission or council consent. If I was building a larger home that requires council consent and I wish I knew more about the application process for a building permit! I wish I knew how to insulate the shipping container, we ended up soldering elements on the walls and then sprayed them with a foam anti-fire insulation.
Also I wanted to know how to keep the sun off the roof; in the end we did this by double ventilating the roof. Larry Wade from seacontainercabin, built his shipping container home back in 2010 and in total the home cost around $35,000 USD to build. Everything about building out a container was new to me and there wasn’t any useful info that I could find, so for me I really can’t think of anything that stands out from the rest.
The good thing was that most of the really dinted places would end up being cut out of the containers anyway.
The two larger containers are propped up using a 20 foot container which is used for storage. We decided to speak with Raquel Izurzu, an architect from James & Mau, and ask her what they wished they had known before designing the Manifesto House. We wish we’d known in cold countries above all, you need to ensure you have proper insulation to protect against condensation. With Manifesto House in Chile we had good results – The climate is not really cold or hot there. We did not expect so much wind in the site and are now having to screen off the wind with vegetation as the container makes a bit of noise when there are large gusts of wind. The containers were pre-fabricated off-site then delivered to California before they were re-assembled. The one thing we would have done differently would have been to find one contractor to help the whole process versus having one for getting and modifying the containers, and another to finish out the interior. Don’t unnecessarily cut the boxes. Also make sure your contractor understands modular or container finishing.
You might have seen in the news recently this shipping container home which was built for Seth Rodewald-Bates?
Seth and a team of friends and family spent two years building the home, working in the evenings and weekends.
The completed container home contains one bedroom, a bathroom, kitchen, office and living area. The main thing would be that in this example there wasn’t any significant cost savings. Casa Incubo is another great example of a shipping container home which was built in Costa Rica. The home was built using eight 40 foot high cube containers and using containers helped reduce the construction time by around 20%. Since this house is in Costa Rica with tropical weather, I wish I had been extra careful to paint it with the strongest paint to protect against the rain.
Roger Black is the proud owner of the Cinco Camp which is over 200 miles from the nearest airport and based off an unpaved road unreachable to all without a 4×4 drive car.
Mark Wellen, from Rhotenberry Wellen Architects, designed the retreat and said the entire thing cost around $200,000 USD and it would have been around $100,000 if the camp was built in a more accessible area!


This shipping container home is one of the first in China and was built by Mads Moller from Aarcgency. The external walls of the containers are lined in bamboo which protects the containers from the natural elements and also provides the containers with insulation. The containers are bolted down into the existing rock and this provides the owners with a gorgeous view overlooking Nederland. These container projects have been for clients who really like containers or have some tangible need that containers provide such as durability.   Certainly the projects that we have been involved in have always been unique. The home was built using three 40 foot and one 20 foot container and even has enough room for Marek’s office when he works from home! To be honest I don’t really have one thing I wish I knew about shipping containers before I started.
Whilst this isn’t exactly a single home, the construction process is similar and there are still many lessons which we can learn from Broadmeadow! Broadmeadow is designed and owned by Christian Salvati from Marengo Structures. This megastructure was built with 27 containers, is Four stories high, and contains 6 apartments. Building with shipping containers can be challenging and the aggravation is still the same as traditional construction, however the costs are reduced.
The home was made using a 20 foot shipping container and contains a full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom! That’s a tough question, Tom, one that I don’t have an answer for.   I began modifying shipping containers 10+ years ago.
Like a couple of other homes within this blog post, the C192 Nomad is a prototype. The Nomad is made by Cargotecture and sleeps comfortably a family of four. Joel Egan, Cargotecture’s owner, says the Nomad is designed as a self-contained backyard cottage or remote retreat. It’s not a good idea to go it alone if you have a custom home you are interested in, it’s best approached with professional drawing services and competent structural engineering. Peter Gill Case, owner of Truth Box, said the windows have been strategically placed to provide maximum daylight whilst using the smallest windows possible. Finding a balance between good building design and total construction expense is the key to utilizing containers in buildings. The building was built using second hand shipping containers meaning they could keep the cost of construction down!
There are countless things that I wish we had known prior to doing our project, but I would say the ONE thing that would have made a big difference would have been to have all of the plumbing chases cut out of the container floors and ceilings to easily run pipe once they were stacked. Also, the containers sit very tight next to each other and in the design phase we added an additional inch to the width of the foundation just in case they didn’t butt up tight, and in hindsight we should have designed it an inch less for a better drip edge connection.
The home spans some 1500 square foot and contains two bedrooms, an office, playroom, kitchen and laundry room.
It is definitely worth it to work with someone who has expertise with container structures. Hartman wanted a holiday home on the beach which he could turn up to on Friday night and enjoy it over the weekend! The walls of the container are rough and need framing so that your internal walls are flat and smooth. Normally reefer containers are much more expensive than regular containers which are then insulated.
Hi Tom,You have represented people from different areas and they seems happy with shipping containers. This is good info and provides great links to design firms but I don’t see anything on how to finance a container build and info is limited online! We are currently researching financing options and will write a blog post as soon as we have enough helpful information.
Yes it’s definitely possible, are you thinking about using a 20 foot shipping container? I have a dog business and purchased two 40′ containers to use for indoor dog play area. Yes definitely- if you don’t do anything else, make sure you properly insulate the containers! I haven’t seen any dog play areas made from shipping containers so this should be really interesting. I am planning a 20×10 container farm house and your thread really has extensive information and appreciate your effort. I think you would definitely need to invest in insulating the container, but this could be either internally or externally… Take a look at our article on insulation and let me know if you still have anymore questions.
I’d like to put a container home on my west va property as a weekend hunting lodge, as it would be ideal in terms of security when I lock it up. We are currently trying to compile a list of contractors to add to our resources section however at the moment this isn’t complete. The best thing I suggest you do is go through this blog post and within here we mention several major contractors. We are planning a 3200sq ft house in Sheffield, England, as far as I know the first of its kind in this country. I am convinced my dream home will be made of shipping containers but can anyone comment on differences in financing the construction SCH? I was ready with cash to build a two container home similar to the Savannah project in rural Florida.The county was OK with my idea. Sure, you can have an energy efficient, safe home, but it’s going to cost you a pretty penny. And, my goal is to help you learn how to do this so that you can build a safe, affordable home for your family.
My goal is to share with you all the tips and tricks I’ve learned through the years of working with ISBU containers. If we published this book in print, we discovered that it would drive the cost up to more than double our target price.
Whether you elect to print it out or not, you’ll ALWAYS have a copy of it to go to, as a reference.
Funds from this book go directly to “The Corten Cavalry” to help families build homes! He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories.
My question is, is this for trailer balance or to minimize the distance between the kitchen and the bathroom? A one of a kind, jaw-dropping Brisbane property made out of 31 shipping containers, has hit the market.
The master encompasses the entire upper level, with extensive walk-in robes and a private ensuite with tiled mural. She's the proud owner of a place to call her own and wants every Australian to have that same opportunity. It is based in the Algarve region of Portugal and uses only one 40 foot shipping container which provides over 300 square foot of living space.
Larry used two 40 foot shipping containers to make his new home and it features solar panels on the roof which are used to provide electric and heat water.
I can say that the one thing that I wished I had not done was buy my containers without seeing them- I took the company’s word that they would be in good shape. And I wished I had known that it doesn’t cost that much more for a One-Trip container and they are like brand new.
Two 40 foot containers are spread 4 foot apart to create around 800 square foot of open plan living!
We only needed to put some pallets on the external walls to control the sun and some insulation. The home cost a staggering $40,000 USD to build and provides over 600 square foot of living space. The very top floor has nine skylights fitted into the roof which provides huge amounts of natural light.
As shown in the picture below, the home has been built around the existing cedar tree and it was designed by architect Maria Jose Trejos. I wish I had known there were containers available for very little more money that were virtually new… that are in almost pristine condition.
You can see in the photo that the home has a huge sloped roof which is topped with a living-garden.


The home was designed by Brad Tomecek, from Tomecek Studio, as an experiment to try and reduce the size of the average American home and to also be as environmentally conscious and friendly as possible.
I guess the more you know and learn about shipping container homes before you start making decisions will help you to fail less. I did a lot of research up front so it wasn’t as though I jumped in and discovered something that complicated the build. In addition the studios are fitted with energy recovery ventilators which helps to conserve energy and supply the block with fresh air.
There is also a 40 foot container located at the rear of the home which contains the guest-house! They are a few thousand $$$ more but you have smooth interior and exterior walls and insulated sides, roof, and floor!!! It actually saves a money in the long run as its already insulated and you can see your initial interior dimensions. Can anyone point me in the direction of financiers in the USA who are willing to provide new construction loans for container builds? I am so ready to build my container home here in Arizona but am having trouble finding financing.
Looking for a site at the moment, thanks for the info, would like to hear more from these developers as they seem very coy on the pitfalls!
Building with shipping containers means you’re giving new life to these steel boxes that would otherwise be scrapped.
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Cool, ingenious and full of welcome surprises, this collection of container homes contains a little bit of something for every design lover across the planet.Maison Container Project by Patrick PartoucheLet us start our look at fabulous shipping container homes with this beautiful and simply stunning Patrick Partouche-designed living space called the Maison container project. Just in case this isn’t enough, the home also features a 1300 square foot exterior decking and a pool!
It is built using a single shipping container and has various pull-out and fold-down sections to enhance the homes overall size. However, I think understanding how the structural integrity of them works is very important- i.e.
Why not tell us “the one thing you wish you’d known before you began building your shipping container home?” in the comments below! I have no done projects around here to visit and see how it feels in a container home and from my readings insulating in a later stage start living is a big pain as you need to redo the electrical and sanitary jobs…please advise.
Most motorcycle shipping companies act as subcontractors as the service is not exclusively dominated by any major motorcycle shippers, because of the interdependance in the industry. An ISBU shipping container home will keep your family safe from anything nature, or man, can throw at it.
It’s also really easy to make ISBU shipping container homes energy efficient, or even off-grid. Compared with traditional building, ISBU containers are incredibly easy to work with – which means you can build your home yourself. We bought a 900 sq ft house on land with two car garage totally remodeled in a nice neighborhood two years ago for $38k when the housing market was in the dumps. The two-story building is an absolute delight to step into and once you do, you will almost instantly forget the fact that you are residing in a house built by using 8 large shipping containers.
It is important to pick the right company for motorcycle Shipping to ease your mind and save on the price. Located on the banks of river Lille in France, it is nestled on a 2,240 square feet area and € 221,000 went into bringing it to life.The lovely interiors have a light and airy feel to them thanks to the use of floor to ceiling glass windows, but the designer has left the container doors intact to ensure that there is complete privacy when needed.
If you place your motorcycle in the hands of Fastlane shipping, you are going to have your motorcycle shipped with utmost safety.
A metal spiral staircase, modern decor and ergonomic design grace this fabulous container home. The ‘Containers of Hope’ design by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture has been conceived to ensure that inexpensive housing options are available for one and all. Designed using just 2 shipping container units and built within an area of just 1000 square feet, containers of bring fabulous design and ergonomic interiors without the presence of excess.With the cost of building one of these container homes being just $40,000, this can not only act as a great home, but also a wonderful vacation retreat for an entire family. Large windows, daft design and modern decor complete this specific container of hope outside San Jose, Costa Rica.Crossbox House by CG ArchitectsDelightful, playful and chic on the outside, sophisticated, stylish and sleek on the inside- that is pretty much how you would find the Cossbox House designed by CG Architects. This French-served delight is made from four shipping container units and they are carefully put into place to create a unique home that has the living quarters on the ground floor and the bedrooms on the top floor.The interiors acquire a very traditional refined look thanks to the use of lavish wooden tones, beautiful finishing of the walls and wonderful spacious form. Its simplicity and mesmerizing outline have made it incredibly popular.Private Cabins at the Alterra Beach ResortWe have always believed that container homes make for a wonderful option as a retreat, whether it is as a personal getaway or as a reclusive and private resort space. Alterra Glamping is a vivacious and relaxing natural resort on the Pinamar beach in Argentina and architect Clorindo Testa has decided to give it an eco-friendly touch by using old re-purposed shipping containers as private cabins on the beach.The cabins have been crafted to ensure all the contemporary luxuries are on offer as those enjoying the weekend here are hidden away from the world.
The open design ensures that the serene and alluring natural surroundings always become a part of the holiday experience. Cabins crafted with care!Shipping Container Guest Houses by Poteet ArchitectsIf you are not willing to permanently live inside container home for some reason, then how about using one for an additional guest house?
The idea is pretty simple actually and all you need is a shipping container, some vibrant and colorful decor and plenty of creativity to ensure that you put up nice little living quarters that is both complete and comfortable.Some patio space, giant glass sliding doors and lovely environment all around completes this crafty idea from Poteet Architects. One of the easiest ways to incorporate a shipping container living unit into your existing housing plan without any hassles!Vivacious Shipping Container Homes by Marcio KoganIf the conventional shipping container homes were a bit too ‘bland’ for you (we highly doubt that though), then maybe the brilliant and visually enthralling painted shipping container homes designed by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan would be more to your taste. Apart from being a visual treat, These homes also sport comfy interiors that are both modern and trendy. Carefully and geometrically arranged 40 foot long blue shipping containers make up this modern Spanish home and the interiors are as eclectic and innovative as the exterior. Passive cooling technology, water recycling units and solar energy ensure that this house is completely off-grid and independent for its energy needs.Take a Break with Starbucks crafted from Shipping ContainersIf you are a tad bit tired going through the list and would love a lovely refreshment, then how about stopping by a Starbucks that has been crafted completely from reclaimed shipping containers! The Starbucks drive-thru that has come up in Tukwila, Washington has been created using 4 shipping containers and the best part about it is that it used shipping containers that the company utilized in transporting tea and coffee supplies across the globe.The idea was to incorporate these long serving shipping containers into the design of the Starbucks store and an in-house architect team along with Tony Gale, the company’s corporate architect came up with this awesome plan. A refreshing business idea indeed!Green Frame House by Studio Astori De Ponti AssociatiThis sleek and almost futuristic modern home design was presented by Studio Astori De Ponti Associati and one can obviously notice the fine Italian design and the overwhelming sense of flair in it all. Prefab container homes are incredibly popular with eco-enthusiasts and this Italian design firm has come up with a minimalistic-styled house that caters to all their needs. The prefabricated container homes designed by ‘Home Contained’ surely do all they can to try and break away from this popular myth. Five shipping containers have been used to create this particular home and it results in a 2,600 square feet of lavish living space that is filled with playful colors, spacious areas, eclectic decor and original design.Graceful and at times dazzling wall art, ample natural ventilation, smart arrangement of furniture and different multicolored themes make these structures from Home Contained, hubs of unconstrained glee!Shipping Container Office Space by Lab Inc.So, why should shipping container structures be relegated to just homes? Well, there is absolutely nothing that says so and this savvy L-shaped office designed by Lab Inc is a wonderful example of that. You can easily create a smart, space-conscious and complete office using container units and designed for Stephen Schoup, this office matches any conventional office building in all the must-haves and even has a few extra tricks up its sleeve.The tranquil and natural setting make it a perfect place for the origin of creative thoughts and its serene, yet ergonomic environment help in increasing productivity without giving a more serious tone to work. We simply love this office idea that is never too far away from your home.Fascinating Shipping Container House in California by Leger Wanaselja ArchitectsMaybe the container home that you are looking for is the one that is compact, stylish and looks like most other structures and blends in perfectly with the home on the plot next to yours. Well, if those are your requirements then this contemporary-classic styled home in Richmond, California might be the one you would want to emulate for your own container home blueprint.Leger Wanaselja Architects created this structure using just two shipping containers with one stacked on top of the other and 1,350 square feet container home offers all the modern comforts along with a very traditional design. In fact, from a distance you would notice nothing unusual about this residence and with solar energy and two-story atrium that offers ample natural ventilation, it is plenty planet-friendly as well.Colorful Cordell Shipping Container House by Numen DevelopmentAnother astoundingly complete container home that is both spacious and modern in its appearance, the Cordell container home took shape in downtown Houston. Architect Christopher Robertson from Numen Development was the man behind the project as he turned three 40-feet long shipping containers along with one 20-feet shipping container into a airy and contemporary living space ideal for a modern family.While two of the 40-feet long containers turned into the living room and the bedrooms, the 20-foot high container became the kitchen. The first of its kind in London (and most likely in UK as well) the Boxpark Shoreditch is a shopping space crafted using 61 containers, with 41 of them on the lower level and with 20 of them on the upper level.The idea for such an ingenious mall came up after many of the small business owners in London pretty much found it impossible to rent commercial spaces in the city. This cost-effective and shopping-friendly mall provided the perfect solution for both entrepreneurs and consumers alike.Quebec Container Home by Maison IDEKITThe husband and wife team of architect Bernard Morin and Joyce Labelle have decided to turn the idea of shipping container homes inside out; quite literally!
While most container homes flaunt that aspect blatantly with an industrial exterior and a more traditional interior, their own shipping container home set in Quebec looks nothing like one from the outside. In fact, it has the appearance of a classic and timeless home that is both conventional and common.Step inside and you see exposed surfaces of the shipping containers used to build the home. These container homes are designed to pack in everything into a single unit so that relocation becomes an easy task.
Brought to life by Ecotech Design, the structure employs 6 shipping containers and the end result is a lavish contemporary house with a single bedroom.



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