The hidden costs of building a container home

While building a shipping container home mostly presents a range of *hidden savings* there are of course costs associated with it, and some that are unique to this kind of construction.  Being informed about these costs will help you to avoid them. Keep reading to find out what they are. Unique Construction Building a container…

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…

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…