A thanks & a note on sliding doors for washrooms.

A special thanks from our team to the Kaufmans in Kitchener. What an exciting project it is that we’ve completed together. We incorporated a sliding door for the washroom to facilitate wheelchair accessibility. Consider the added challenge of being in a wheelchair and needing to reach over to swing open (or closed) your washroom door. Another…

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The 25 Key Procedures in Building a Container Home.

Kesting Homes provides support for the following: Work alongside architects & engineers, to get designs and construction blueprints. Liaise with the zoning department, if required Manage the acquisition of a building permit, if required Design and integrate information management system of the project throughout the life-cycle of the project. (Budgeting, Gantt Charts, lessons’ learned documents,…

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The Evolution of the FoxBox

The FoxBox, is a Do-It-Yourself Container House Kit for $40,000.  Container, book and all the materials are included. I pitched this product of mine n CBC’s Dragon’s Den. The essence of a FoxBox Container House is this:  People can build their own container house and save a lot of money, because they use their own…

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Dragons, container homes and a dogged determination

Christoph Kesting was featured in an article in Guelph Today.  Reporter Rob O’Flanagan tells about Christoph’s recent professional developments, his appearance on CBC television’s The Dragon’s Den. Read on to find out how his container home business continues to respond to local demand.   Dragons, container homes and a dogged determination Small home visionary Christoph Kesting expanding business  …

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Pre-designing helps your container house architects save time!

Last week, a reader of mine asked the following: “Hey Christoph, I have decided that I will build a staggered-double with two containers.  I am going to begin the design tonight.  Other than things like lintels, what can I put into my drawing to save time with the architect?”   (FYI, ‘Lintels are simply reinforcements…

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Mothers Day and Container Homes

Dear Ossian, Thanks for reminding me that my mother is always with me. Moms are with us always.  I suppose that’s part of their magic. My moms’ name was (and in a way, still is) Theres Anna-Marie Hofer. Try saying that with a strong swiss-european accent.   My mom showed me lots of cool and weird things.  She stuck…

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Container Homes – The solution to so many problems

Container houses are enjoying a surge in popularity — and it’s no surprise to those of us who have been behind the movement for years. What we have come to know is that container housing has great potential, and can provide solutions to a wide array of ecological, social and financial problems.   PROBLEM Did you know…

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First-hand Containers are from the Devil.

If you’re using a first-hand shipping container, you’re missing the point. Let me be clear. You’re missing the point. Containers are an untapped manufactured resource. There are millions of them on the planet. Lightly used, discarded and slowly rusting… Re-using shipping containers for housing is a powerful example of recycling, re-purposing and re-imagining a contemporary…

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Financing your FoxBox DIY Container Home

Yesterday,The Globe and Mail published an article in the business section on the container home movement and the complexity of finding a mortgage for a tiny home. Christoph Kesting was interviewed and was given the opportunity to ask a team of experts their opinion on the mortgage conundrum. While the FoxBox do-it-yourself container home kit…

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The newest Foxden Container House, being built in Turkey.

A few new friends are currently building their very own Foxden Container House, in Turkey. Around the world, folks are innovating and building with shipping containers, today more than ever.  They’ve got their own vision for how they want their home to look. At HowToBuildaContainerHouse.com, we are fiercely proud of being unique and are helping others…

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Container floor plan with 2 containers

This ‘offset-design’ is becoming popular in the container house building world.  This design allows for a larger open space in the middle.  In stead of 8 feet wide, its now suddenly 16 feet wide.  In addition, when the two rectangular boxes are off-set, they create neat alcoves and architectural features at the ends.