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…

2 bedroom container house unit

This is a sort of container home floor plan design which we may be seeing the Vancouver Affordable Housing Association incorporating into their projects in the next few months.  It strikes me as a simple, straight-ahead approach to providing social justice housing and affordable housing to folks here at home.

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The cost-savings of container homes

Container homes are surprisingly affordable.  Not just because of their small sizes, but also because they present a series of significant hidden savings and benefits to the owner. Mortgage Savings:  The cost to build a shipping container home is significantly less than building a conventional home.  Without the large price tag, some may even be…

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…

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…

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…

Amsterdam container homes

In Amsterdam, shipping container homes are plentiful, dotting the city with colour and life. The Dutch are notorious for being tall and living small – and doing so with style. While there, I saw a 4-storey narrow width container home, constructed with open ends, each of which was a different colour. It was amazing and quite…