Apr 16, 2014
David King

Announcement: Does this book make the ‘Affordable’ Dream House Become Reality?

Shipping container home

Build A Container Home – Can it really be as easy as this book makes it seem?

Like many people who are looking at creating a unique and affordable home, you may have found that shipping containers are an unusual yet extremely reliable building block for your project. There are products available to guide you step by step through the process of building your own home out of one (or many!) of these containers, and the e-book “Build A Container Home” is one that I’ve spent time researching.  Does this book give you everything you need to know? All my findings are in the following article.

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Feb 12, 2015
David King

4 questions to ask before building a house from shipping containers

questions to askAs the difficulty of finding affordable housing continues to hound homebuyers, the pursuit of building one’s own house has become increasingly popular not only for those who have a tight budget but also for those who are concerned about the environment as well. A shipping container home may be one of the best options that you can consider.
Here are some things to think about before deciding to build your home out of a shipping container.

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Jan 27, 2015
David King

How about a swimming pool made from cargo containers?


shipping swimming poSo is this the next big thing for shipping containers?  Having a house made from one, and then with a swimming pool made from the same material outside?

OK, it’s not a huge pool.  But it’s more than enough for the average family home.  I think this has got to be one of the best uses yet for these things.

You end up with a 20 or 40 foot long pool, which is eight feet wide and eight feet deep.

This company in the UK is already supplying containers which are ideal for this purpose.



Nov 20, 2014
David King

A business from container homes

This couple was paying San Francisco rents and dreamed of living in a shipping container.  For less than the cost of a month’s rent, they purchased their very own container and set about trying to convert it into a living space. Continue reading »

Jun 7, 2014
David King

3 Things To Avoid When Building A Shipping Container Home



Homes built from shipping containers have many benefits – lower cost compared to many other building methods, stronger structures thanks to the steel frame, and the possibility of building your home much faster than traditional methods allow for.

But there are 3  issues that you must bear in mind before embarking on a project of this type.  They can all be overcome quickly and inexpensively, but you must know about them before you can deal with them – something missing from a number of resources on cargo container builds.  Here are the main ones to be aware of. Continue reading »

Jun 1, 2014
David King

How can I build my own house on a tight budget?

The container cabin

Thinking of building your own home but budget implications are getting in the way?  Have you seen the latest alternative … using shipping containers?

It sounds crazy but you’ll be surprised how many buildings are made from shipping containers (also known as ISBU), from studio apartments in London to mansions in places like the Hamptons and California!

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May 1, 2014
David King

Maximizing living space – novel approaches for shipping container homes

living comfortably in a small space

It’s possible to create a great container home out of even a single container.  Don’t get me wrong – most people create a spacious building out of 4 or 5 cargo containers.  Others opt for a much more cosy living space.  So what’s it like to live in a space that size? Continue reading »

Apr 21, 2014
David King

Choosing A Good Quality Container

Five shipping containers

Cargo containers are built to be strong and to last, which makes them perfect for a home-build project. A number of factors can affect the integrity of a shipping container – age, materials used, how weathered they are etc.  If you’re on the lookout for the perfect container, then the following advice may help you identify the best one for the task in hand. Continue reading »

Apr 21, 2014
David King

Where Can I Buy Shipping Containers?


stack of containers

Image ©protohome_uk on Flickr

So we know that a great home can be built from these things, and it can be done at an affordable price.  Next question is “Where can I get one”?

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Apr 14, 2014
David King

In The Media – Amazing Examples Built With Cargo Containers


Copyright Bamboogroove http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/5038

Copyright Bamboogroove http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/5038

If you’re looking for inspiration, and to see just what can be done with a humble container, have a look through some of the following videos.   Continue reading »

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