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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.

How did it come about?

Warren Thatcher is the man behind this method, and he has spent the last 14 years converting shipping and storage containers into homes that anyone would be envious of.  His guide claims to include ALL of the steps involved in creating such a home from scratch, but with one important ingredient that other resources miss out – safety.    This one aspect is crucial when thinking about creating a space that you would share with family and friends, and the author obviously feels (as I do) that safety is critically important.

What topics are covered?

Stepping through the book, it answers almost every question that you could possibly have on the subject, starting with developing the idea. The book sells itself on the fact that it can answer the questions below, and many more:

How do I plan it out?

Some important questions need to be asked at this stage such as how many people will the building be a home to?  What is the style/feel of the home you are going to build?  What budget should be set?  The book gives a good grounding in how to tackle these questions.  If you don’t know what you’re doing at the planning stage, then you could end up building on the wrong kind of land – this might lead to all kinds of expensive fixes later on.  Knowing the right way to do this is very important, and Warren’s approach shows you how.

Where do I get a container from?

One of the key factors in this project is finding the container itself, and this is covered in a straight-to-the-point section.  Containers aren’t available from your local market, so the book gives a number of different sources that you can use to find the right seller.  There’s also a great tip in here on choosing the right one – avoiding a costly mistake which can save you a lot of cash.

The house won’t look like a metal box, will it?

Let’s face it, a standard shipping container isn’t the most beautiful place to live.  Fortunately there are a wide range of things that can be done to turn it into a stylish place to live.  The book takes you through a number of different looks for your building, and the end results can be stunning.  Have a look at the following video to see what is possible:


From what this reviewer has seen, it rings true that this is one of the most cost-effective ways to build your own home from scratch.  There doesn’t seem to be any other way to create a basic home as quickly and inexpensively as using one of these metal containers for the basic shape.  Planning a budget for each stage will help you get the most house for your money, and you can avoid running out of cash as the project progresses if you use a guide such to plan out your spending.

What else can I learn from this? 

There’s a lot of information in this book – even if you know about building other kinds of houses, there’s still plenty here to make it worthwhile. Foundations, Layouts, site safety,  building permits, design software and many other topics  are all covered.

What do customers have to say about the product?

    • I’ve checked out a number of reviews of Build A Container Home, and readers have consistently praised the author’s 3D designs which are included as part of the package.  Most of the opinions gathered stated that the instructions are easy to follow, and the guide is the best one-stop resource for information on this building type.
    • Son Lam from Vinamy pointed out that the author is available to answer any questions that readers may have via email, which certainly adds value to the book.
    • Karren W wrote:Lucky I got this guide. I was going about the construction process entirely the wrong way and this has saved me much more than I paid, not to mention the time I’ve saved. I highly recommend this guide.

 This all sounds too good to be true – are there any negatives to the guide?

Nothing’s perfect as they say, and if there is anything that lets this guide down, I’d have to say it’s the grammar – a few bits of the book would benefit from being rephrased in better English, but that’s the only fault I have found.  The information in the guide is valuable, well thought out, and even the odd strangely phrased sentence doesn’t affect the outcome.

Where should I buy the guide?

In the course of my research, I’ve come across a number of different sites selling the product at a variety of prices.  The official price for Build A Container Home is $47.  If you come across sites selling this cheaper, then there’s a couple of things you should be aware of:

  • You won’t be getting the 60 day money-back guarantee.  Should you decide that you’re unhappy with the product, unfortunately you’ll be stuck with it.
  • The site is probably selling the product illegally.
  • The author will not be answering a technical questions if you haven’t purchased from an authorised seller.

Satisfaction Guarantee

Money-back guarantee

The official version of Build A Container Home comes with a 60 day guarantee.  If you’re not satisfied with the e-book, simply contact the vendor stating the issue, and they’ll refund your payment in full.  Having been through the guide a few times now, I’d be very surprised if you don’t find the information valuable enough to want to keep it.

The Verdict:

Build A Container Home is certainly the most comprehensive guide available online.  You may be able to find some of the information online, but there isn’t a single source which goes into this kind of detail anywhere that I’ve found.  Some of the topics are completely overlooked by all the other sites that I’ve searched.

Overall, I’d certainly recommend this book as a useful resource for those who are already committed to building a container home, as well as those who are still undecided.



  1. Pete Murray April 21, 2014
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