Tools and tricks for cutting building costs

There are several simple and effective ways to reduce construction costs of container homes.  First, get involved in the building process. Take risks and do-it-yourself as much as possible. For that, *get my book* and learn from my mistakes. A small investment could save you thousands over the long-term. Find a good architect and other…

How much does a typical container house cost?

A typical shipping container home with 3-4 bedrooms, one or more bathrooms, laundry facilities, and kitchen can cost between $100,000 and $400,000 (USD). As with any conventional home, the finishing (i.e. heating, electrical, plumbing, and fixtures) affects the total cost to build. Like a conventional home, the land upon which the house sits and the location…

Cost breakdown of my container house

In my book *How To Build A Container House*, I list a dollar by dollar cost breakdown so you can make an informed budget plan for your construction project. In this blog post, I’ll share enough to get your wheels turning.   What I discovered was that most of my expenditures were embedded in the…

Zigloo in British Colombia

Keith Dewey presented me with one one of the first examples of a container home. As an architect-builder and an earlier adopter of container home design, Keith had the audacity to drop a container home off at the Pacific National Exhibition — a yearly event held in Vancouver Canada — to the delight and curiosity…

Vancouver: Social justice housing

Vancouver builders and social activists saw the potential of container homes in meeting the needs of a vulnerable population. The Atira women’s shelter in downtown Vancouver houses women at risk and their children. Twelve units have been assembled with private sleeping quarters and communal living spaces, allowing the residents both privacy and community — but…

London: shipping container city, in the city.

London features an entire container city with upwards of 80 units, where students interact with business-people, where offices and shops mix. This is a mixed community, pushing the envelope of collective co-habitation. It is called Pop Brixton: http://www.popbrixton.org/ http://londonist.com/2015/06/whats-brixtons-shipping-container-village-like The design is modular and fresh and it quickly became so popular that within 2 weeks builders…

Costa Rica: Container cabins for beach bums!

A fabulous yoga practitioner I know went to Costa Rica. She reports that a number of companies there use shipping containers for hostels, vacation rental and cabins. Costa Rica has an abundant shipping industry and easy access to the port, and so repurposing shipping containers  is a simple process. Looser building code regulations allow for…