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23 Shipping Container Home Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Building My Shipping Container Home”

Posted By: April 14, 2015 In Featured

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We receive lots of emails from people asking us- how do I go about building my own shipping container home?

So to answer this question, here at containerhomeplans.org we’ve asked 23 shipping container home owners to reveal to us what you really need to know by asking this question:

“What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before you built your shipping container home?”

The responses are in and it’s time to learn the most important things you need to know before you build your shipping container home…

Why make the same mistakes twice?

Top 3 Most Important Things You Need to Know:

  1. How to purchase the correct shipping containers (5 votes)
  2. The importance of building regulations and planning: (5 votes)
  3. Finding a contractor with previous experience: (4 votes)

1. PV14 House

Matt Mooney, a principal at Corgan based in Texas, decided for his next home he wanted to use shipping containers. More than 14 containers were used in total to build this goliath 3,700 square foot home.

It has three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and an outdoor swimming pool to name but a few of the features!

PV14 Shipping Container House

© Wade Griffith

Matt’s Response:

As far as what I wish I would have known…it is very hard to say since I have wanted to build one for almost 25 years…I have been thinking about and studying it for a long time.  We (thankfully) had very few surprises.  If I had to pick something, I would say that the actual process of buying & shipping One-Trip containers from Dolphin Containers in Shanghai was an interesting experience…and navigating the used container market here in the region before we decided to go with One-Trips. Other than that, I enjoyed every minute of the experience of building this thing.


2. Tiny 20 Foot Off-Grid Shipping Container Home

Brenda Kelly from iqcontainerhomes has been dreaming of living in a shipping container home since she was 13, and she has been modelling and creating designs for shipping container homes for as long as she can remember!

Her new home was made from a single 20 foot shipping container and due to its size it doesn’t require any building permission or council consent.

20 Foot Off-Grid Tiny Shipping Container Home

© Hayden Spurdle

Brenda’s Response:

In answer to your question, I thoroughly researched prior to embarking on my first container home so I’m not sure there’s anything I wish I knew that I didn’t. However, this was a non-consented model.

If I was building a larger home that requires council consent and I wish I knew more about the application process for a building permit!

Hope that helps!


3. Nomad Living Guesthouse

The Nomad Living Guesthouse was designed and built in 2013 by Arnold Aarssen from Studio ArTe. It is based in the Algarve region of Portugal and uses only one 40 foot shipping container which provides over 300 square foot of living space.
Nomad Living Guesthouse

© Luis da Cruz

Arnold’s Response:

I wish I knew how to insulate the shipping container, we ended up soldering elements on the walls and then sprayed them with a foam anti-fire insulation.

Also I wanted to know how to keep the sun off the roof; in the end we did this by double ventilating the roof.

Finally how could we utilise passive solar energy for the container. We did this by placing large windows in the container facing south west.


4. Taj Malodge

Larry Wade from seacontainercabin, built his shipping container home back in 2010 and in total the home cost around $35,000 USD to build. Larry used two 40 foot shipping containers to make his new home and it features solar panels on the roof which are used to provide electric and heat water.

Taj Malodge Shipping Container House

Larry’s Response:

Everything about building out a container was new to me and there wasn’t any useful info that I could find, so for me I really can’t think of anything that stands out from the rest. I can say that the one thing that I wished I had not done was buy my containers without seeing them- I took the company’s word that they would be in good shape. They were beat all to heck.

The good thing was that most of the really dinted places would end up being cut out of the containers anyway. And I wished I had known that it doesn’t cost that much more for a One-Trip container and they are like brand new.


5. North Branch Container House

Robyn Volker, from New York, wanted a small country house. She got in touch with Tim Steele from timsteeledesign.com who designed a small but spacious shipping container home.

The home is built into the hillside to take advantage of the natural terrain. Two 40 foot containers are spread 4 foot apart to create around 800 square foot of open plan living!

The two larger containers are propped up using a 20 foot container which is used for storage.

Robyn Volker Shipping Container Home

Robyn’s Response:

Remember that my house was started way ahead of the curve in 2009 – so there was a lot that was unknown.  What I wish I had known is that building a house from shipping containers cost me a similar amount as a stick built house.


6. Manifesto House

The Manifesto House is by far one of the most famous shipping container homes to date. It was made using 85% recycled/eco-friendly materials and was designed by James & Mau.

We decided to speak with Raquel Izurzu, an architect from James & Mau, and ask her what they wished they had known before designing the Manifesto House.

Manifesto House

© Antonio Corcuera

James & Mau’s Response:

We wish we’d known in cold countries above all, you need to ensure you have proper insulation to protect against condensation.

With Manifesto House in Chile we had good results – The climate is not really cold or hot there. We only needed to put some pallets on the external walls to control the sun and some insulation.


7. Containers of Hope

Perhaps just as famous as the Manifesto House is ‘Containers of Hope’ designed by Benjamin Garcia Saxe for the Peralta family. The home cost a staggering $40,000 USD to build and provides over 600 square foot of living space. We sent a message to the Peralta family and here is what they had to say.

Containers of Hope

© Andres Garcia Lachner

The Peralta family’s response:

We did not expect so much wind in the site and are now having to screen off the wind with vegetation as the container makes a bit of noise when there are large gusts of wind.


8. The DeWitt and Kasravi Sea Container Home

Kam Kasravi and Connie Dewitt own this particularly impressive shipping container home. The home was designed by Modulus using four high cube shipping containers.

The containers were pre-fabricated off-site then delivered to California before they were re-assembled. The very top floor has nine skylights fitted into the roof which provides huge amounts of natural light.

The DeWitt and Kasravi Sea Container Home

© Norcal Construction

Kam and Connie’s Response:

The one thing we would have done differently would have been to find one contractor to help the whole process versus having one for getting and modifying the containers, and another to finish out the interior.

This wasn’t really an option given local familiarity with containers as a structure – but that’s what we would have wished that would have likely made certain things a bit easier.


9. The Beach Box

The beach box is built in the Hamptons, one of New York’s most expensive areas. The home was built by Andrew Anderson using shipping containers purchased from SG Blocks.

The containers on the ground level are used to create four bedrooms. The second floor contains the kitchen, dining room and living room. Just in case this isn’t enough, the home also features a 1300 square foot exterior decking and a pool!

The Beach Container House

© The Beach Box

Andrew’s Response:

Don’t unnecessarily cut the boxes. Also make sure your contractor understands modular or container finishing. This will impact on the price and quality of your shipping container home.


10. New Orleans Shipping Container Home

You might have seen in the news recently this shipping container home which was built for Seth Rodewald-Bates? The home cost around $200,000 USD to build and was completed back in 2012.

Seth and a team of friends and family spent two years building the home, working in the evenings and weekends.

The completed container home contains one bedroom, a bathroom, kitchen, office and living area.

Shipping Container Home

© nola.com

Seth’s Response:

The main thing would be that in this example there wasn’t any significant cost savings.

That being said, I enjoyed up-cycling the containers, it was less about the price for me.

The largest ticket item was actually the pool ($25k).


11. Casa Incubo

Casa Incubo is another great example of a shipping container home which was built in Costa Rica. As shown in the picture below, the home has been built around the existing cedar tree and it was designed by architect Maria José Trejos.

The home was built using eight 40 foot high cube containers and using containers helped reduce the construction time by around 20%.

Casa Incubo Container House

© Sergio Pucci

Sergio’s Response:

Since this house is in Costa Rica with tropical weather, I wish I had been extra careful to paint it with the strongest paint to protect against the rain.


12. The Campo Cinco Retreat

Roger Black is the proud owner of the Cinco Camp which is over 200 miles from the nearest airport and based off an unpaved road unreachable to all without a 4×4 drive car.

Mark Wellen, from Rhotenberry Wellen Architects, designed the retreat and said the entire thing cost around $200,000 USD and it would have been around $100,000 if the camp was built in a more accessible area!

The Campo Cinco Retreat

© Hester + Hardaway

Mark’s Response:

1. I wish I had known there were containers available for very little more money that were virtually new… that are in almost pristine condition.

2. I wish I knew that there were containers that are taller than 8 foot.


13. WFH House

This shipping container home is one of the first in China and was built by Mads Møller from Aarcgency. You can see in the photo that the home has a huge sloped roof which is topped with a living-garden. This filters rainwater and also provides the home with additional insulation.

The external walls of the containers are lined in bamboo which protects the containers from the natural elements and also provides the containers with insulation.

WFH Shipping Container House

© Jens Markus Lindhe

Mad’s Response:

Just one thing: Building code! What is allowed?

Every country has its own sets of rules and standards. This means a container house in US does not look like a container house in Denmark.

That is something most people do not think about. The container is a generic product, but climate, fire regulations etc are not…


14. Nederland Colorado Shipping Container Home

Here we have a beautiful 1500 square foot home based in Colorado. The home was designed by Brad Tomecek, from Tomecek Studio, as an experiment to try and reduce the size of the average American home and to also be as environmentally conscious and friendly as possible.

The containers are bolted down into the existing rock and this provides the owners with a gorgeous view overlooking Nederland.

Nederland Colorado Shipping Container Home

© Braden Gunem

Their Response:

Welding takes a long time and is expensive, so try to keep it to a minimum.

These container projects have been for clients who really like containers or have some tangible need that containers provide such as durability.   Certainly the projects that we have been involved in have always been unique.


15. Kuziel Residence

Way back in 2008 Marek Kuziel had the idea to build a shipping container home. It wasn’t until 2009 when things got serious and Marek purchased a plot of land just outside of Christchurch, New Zealand.

The home was built using three 40 foot and one 20 foot container and even has enough room for Marek’s office when he works from home!

Kuziel Residence

Marek’s Response:

To be honest I don’t really have one thing I wish I knew about shipping containers before I started. I did lot of research before I was convinced I want to do this.

My advice would be to do as much research as possible before the start of the project. It’s all about preparation.

There isn’t a silver bullet approach to research. I guess the more you know and learn about shipping container homes before you start making decisions will help you to fail less. But again, there isn’t a silver bullet approach to this. Failures along the way are inevitable.


16. Broadmeadow Shipping Container Home

Whilst this isn’t exactly a single home, the construction process is similar and there are still many lessons which we can learn from Broadmeadow!

Broadmeadow is designed and owned by Christian Salvati from Marengo Structures. This megastructure was built with 27 containers, is Four stories high, and contains 6 apartments.

Broadmeadow Shipping Container Home

Christian’s Response:

There is no one liner that I can answer with. The key word in your shipping container home question is HOME/HOUSE.

Building with shipping containers can be challenging and the aggravation is still the same as traditional construction, however the costs are reduced.


17. G-pod’s Dwell

G-Pod have recently launched their brand new prototype named ‘Dwell’. This prototype is an environmentally sustainable home, made to be easy to relocate. It is built using a single shipping container and has various pull-out and fold-down sections to enhance the homes overall size.

So we decided to speak with their director Dan Sparks and ask him what he wished he knew…

G-pod's Dwell

Dan’s Response:

A good question. I did a lot of research up front so it wasn’t as though I jumped in and discovered something that complicated the build. However, I think understanding how the structural integrity of them works is very important- i.e. the two long walls are both load bearing and bracing so if you were to cut a hole in one it needs to be compensated.

Insulation is also something you need to spend time researching.


18. Tiny Home Prototype

Like the G-Pod Dwell above, this Tiny Home is also a prototype. The home was built by Steve Sawyer, Owner of New Generation Builders.

The home was made using a 20 foot shipping container and contains a full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom!

Tiny Shipping Container Home

Steve’s Response:

That’s a tough question, Tom, one that I don’t have an answer for.   I began modifying shipping containers 10+ years ago. I have made so many mistakes I can’t remember them all.  I tend to forget most of the bad decisions and remember the good ones.  The neat thing about this business is we are always learning.  The advice I give every new person is to speak with their local building department before purchasing the land.


19. Cargotecture C192 Nomad

Like a couple of other homes within this blog post, the C192 Nomad is a prototype. The Nomad is made by Cargotecture and sleeps comfortably a family of four.

Joel Egan, Cargotecture’s owner, says the Nomad is designed as a self-contained backyard cottage or remote retreat.

Cargotecture C192 Nomad

Joel’s Response:

I wish I had known how important it is to have a design expert involved at the front end.

It’s not a good idea to go it alone if you have a custom home you are interested in, it’s best approached with professional drawing services and competent structural engineering.


20. The Box Office

The box office is the creation of Truth Box.

Peter Gill Case, owner of Truth Box, said the windows have been strategically placed to provide maximum daylight whilst using the smallest windows possible. In addition the studios are fitted with energy recovery ventilators which helps to conserve energy and supply the block with fresh air.

The Box Office

© Nat Rea

Peter’s Response:

Finding a balance between good building design and total construction expense is the key to utilizing containers in buildings.


21. SeaUA Building

These apartments are the first residential shipping container homes in Washington D.C. They were designed by Travis Price and Kelly Davies from Travis Price Architects.

The building was built using second hand shipping containers meaning they could keep the cost of construction down!

Washington DC Container Apartment

© Travis Price Architects

Kelly’s Response:

There are countless things that I wish we had known prior to doing our project, but I would say the ONE thing that would have made a big difference would have been to have all of the plumbing chases cut out of the container floors and ceilings to easily run pipe once they were stacked.

Also, the containers sit very tight next to each other and in the design phase we added an additional inch to the width of the foundation just in case they didn’t butt up tight, and in hindsight we should have designed it an inch less for a better drip edge connection.


22. Cordell House

Cordell house is the brain child of Katie Nichols from Numen Development. Christopher Robertson, a local architect helped design the home and the results are just stunning!

The home spans some 1500 square foot and contains two bedrooms, an office, playroom, kitchen and laundry room. There is also a 40 foot container located at the rear of the home which contains the guest-house!

Cordell Shipping Container House

© Jack Thompson

Katie’s Response:

There are many things I could say, but I think the biggest thing I have learned over nearly a decade of container construction is this:  Shipping containers are like my favourite people.  Overall, they are very simple, but they have intense bits of complexity.  Knowing and understanding those complexities is truly key to being successful with a container build.

It is definitely worth it to work with someone who has expertise with container structures.


23. The SurfShack

We now reach out last ‘what I wish I’d Known’. Hartman Kable from, Kable Design Build, built this beach retreat using recycled shipping containers.

Hartman wanted a holiday home on the beach which he could turn up to on Friday night and enjoy it over the weekend!

The SurfShack

Hartman’s Response:

Thanks for asking. I guess the one thing I wish I knew was:

The walls of the container are rough and need framing so that your internal walls are flat and smooth.


Well there you go- 23 shipping container home owners have now spoken out! Have you built your own shipping container home? Why not tell us “the one thing you wish you’d known before you began building your shipping container home?” in the comments below!

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Comments
  1. William Dobson

    Why is it no one has used the smooth sided insulated containers (reefers) ? They are a few thousand $$$ more but you have smooth interior and exterior walls and insulated sides, roof, and floor!!!

    • Tom

      Hi William,

      That’s a good idea- I can only presume that they aren’t as popular because they have less internal space than other styles of containers.

      Thanks for getting in touch,

      Tom

      • Mark

        don’t the reefer containers have pretty much the same size interior once insulation is placed in the conventional containers? It actually saves a money in the long run as its already insulated and you can see your initial interior dimensions.

        • Tom

          Hi Mark,

          Normally reefer containers are much more expensive than regular containers which are then insulated. Also, I’m not entirely sure whether the insulation used in reefer containers if safe for humans to be exposed to…

          Tom

  2. RTC Container Sales

    Hi Tom,You have represented people from different areas and they seems happy with shipping containers. I am fond to learn something new about it. Your portfolio is really great. In modern time shipping containers are the language of living. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Rachel

    This is good info and provides great links to design firms but I don’t see anything on how to finance a container build and info is limited online! Can anyone point me in the direction of financiers in the USA who are willing to provide new construction loans for container builds? Thank you!

    • Tom

      Hi Rachel,

      You’re right there isn’t much information out there on financing a container build, but keep your eyes peeled because we are currently writing a blog post on this and it should be out shortly…

      • Stephanie

        Hi,

        Any further info on financing. I am so ready to build my container home here in Arizona but am having trouble finding financing. Could this be classed as a factory built or manufactured home and get a FHA one time close loan for the land and then the build?

        Any info would be greatly appreciated.

        Thanks,

        Stephanie

        • Tom

          Hi Stephanie,

          Thank you for getting in touch.

          We are currently researching financing options and will write a blog post as soon as we have enough helpful information.

          Speak soon,

          Tom

    • Tyler

      I would go after local REIT’s (real estate investment trusts). There’s one in Seattle that does local funding for builder projects of all sorts.

  4. john

    In about a year I’ll be building my own version of container home which will survive cat 5 tornados ,hurricanes,floods,tsunami’s fires etc undamaged.

    • Tom

      That sounds amazing John! Be sure to keep us updated and maybe we can feature the home on the site.

      Tom

  5. Renea Greene

    Thanks for sharing. My husband and I are interested in building a container home on an island near Mobile Al. Being that Mobile is a port city and and we have a train station, we should have easy access to purchasing containers inexpensively. I would love to build a 1600 sq ft. beach house on pilings with 4 containers. I have to do tons more reading. 🙂

    • Tom

      Sounds fantastic Renea! Keep us updated 🙂

  6. Jerrica

    I’m planning to build a shipping container home. However I would like to be mobile on a trailer. Do you have any advice? Is this idea even possible?

    • Tom

      Hi Jerrica,

      Yes it’s definitely possible, are you thinking about using a 20 foot shipping container?

      Drop me an email and we can talk about it!

      Tom

  7. Melanie Nardiello

    Hi Tom,

    I have a dog business and purchased two 40′ containers to use for indoor dog play area. I plan on putting the two containers next to each other and cut a large door framed out. I live in New York where the weather is a challenge. Do you have any suggestion in regards to making my project successful?

    Sincerely,
    Melanie

    • Tom

      Hi Melanie,

      Thank you for getting in touch!

      Yes definitely- if you don’t do anything else, make sure you properly insulate the containers!

      I haven’t seen any dog play areas made from shipping containers so this should be really interesting.

      Keep in touch during your build!

      Tom

  8. Dani

    Dear Tom,

    I am planning a 20×10 container farm house and your thread really has extensive information and appreciate your effort. Now my worry is all about the tropical weather conditions in my country, Malaysia where day temperatures are high and it rains almost every week….my plan obviously includes giving the container a half meter high roof to protect from rain and tropical sun…..but do you think i would need to invest in insulating the container inside out? I have no done projects around here to visit and see how it feels in a container home and from my readings insulating in a later stage start living is a big pain as you need to redo the electrical and sanitary jobs…please advise. thanks

    Dani
    Malaysia

    • Tom

      Hi Dani,

      I’m glad you liked the article!

      I think you would definitely need to invest in insulating the container, but this could be either internally or externally… Take a look at our article on insulation and let me know if you still have anymore questions.

      Also, you don’t want to re-do the insulation once you’ve finished the build as this is expensive.

      Tom

      • iain

        Hi Tom, I’ve just taken delivery of my shipping container today and already have noticed that the insulation should be on the outside with a further weather proofing on top of that. If you put it on the inside and use the metal as the outside surface then in the tropics you are going to get condensation forming on the inside of the metal wall. This will effect any internal insulation, and will likely deteriorate the inner wall material.
        I hope this is helpful to Dani- Iain Australia

        • Tom

          Hi Iain,

          Thank you for sharing this and I hope it helps you Dani,

          Tom

  9. gene

    I’d like to put a container home on my west va property as a weekend hunting lodge, as it would be ideal in terms of security when I lock it up. I’d need help with the whole process , as in design and contractor. Any suggestions ?

    • Tom

      Hi Gene,

      We are currently trying to compile a list of contractors to add to our resources section however at the moment this isn’t complete.

      The best thing I suggest you do is go through this blog post and within here we mention several major contractors.

      This should help get you started,

      Tom

  10. Jon Johnson

    We are planning a 3200sq ft house in Sheffield, England, as far as I know the first of its kind in this country. Looking for a site at the moment, thanks for the info, would like to hear more from these developers as they seem very coy on the pitfalls! In particular I’m interested in bio-based insulation, green roof tech, solar panels and wind turbines, ground/air source heat pumps, cladding options, wood-fired boilers, waste disposal (reed bed sewage processing, septic tanks etc) and off-grid heating/ cooking such as propane gas. Just a few issues to consider!!
    Will keep an eye on your site so any new stuff welcome!!!
    Cheers
    Jon

    • Tom

      Thank you for getting in touch Jon!

      Sounds great, we’d love to hear from you throughout your journey to let us know how you progress…

  11. ContainerKid Chicago

    I am convinced my dream home will be made of shipping containers but can anyone comment on differences in financing the construction SCH?

  12. Dale

    I was ready with cash to build a two container home similar to the Savannah project in rural Florida.The county was OK with my idea.
    I already have electric, a well, septic and a small mobile home on the property.
    As the architect advised that the price would be over $40,000, I had to pull the plug.
    So much for saving the planet, I guess I’ll have to settle for a new mobile home. 🙁
    .

    • Tom

      Hi Dale,

      Was the $40,000 just to purchase the containers? This seems very expensive. You will be able to purchase two 40ft containers for less than $8,000.

      Tom

  13. ady

    hi,
    i am planning to build a container home in a city where temp ranges from 50c in summer to 3c in winter.i need advise for insulation.
    thanks

    • Tom

      Hi Ady,

      We have a full article on insulation, please read that and then let me know if you still have any questions,

      Tom

  14. David

    Hi Tom
    I’m looking into building a container home in Australia the design I have in mind has 3 sections, each section is 6 40ft containers (3 side by side and 3 directly on top of them) so totaling 18 40ft containers.
    The problem I have is in a few of the section entire sides on both sides of some of the containers will be removed(creating a single room measuring 7.2m(23ft) x 12m(40ft) as the largest room, as the sides are structural are there any references you know of that I can draw on to help with what would be needed to appropriately brace the container to support the weight of the containers on top of it let alone its own weight.
    If you need any more details please let me know and i may be able to draw a quick sketch for you in what is envisioned.
    Thanks.

    • Tom

      Hi David,

      Unfortunately I haven’t personally removed the walls inside a container home/then stacked on-top of it, so I wouldn’t be able to advise you what needs doing.

      The only thing I could recommend is to get in touch with a local structural engineer.

      Let me know how you get on,

      Tom

  15. Steev C

    Here in the UK we have a community who live in what are called “Narrowboats”. These are usually of all steel construction and internally are about 6 feet wide by 6 feet tall and somewhere between 20 and 50 feet long internally. For those who want to live in the container as a relocatable solution, Narrowboat internal designs may well prove to be a rich source of ideas. It occurred to me that an alternative to windows might be to use energy efficient TV screens fed from a camera placed on the outside. Then your window could become at the push of a button, a painting, a light panel or (of course) a TV/Computer screen. When it’s bright outside a single 250 watt solar panel would easily power quite a large & bright “electronic window”. I appreciate that does not address ventilation/emergency-exit-in-the-case-of-fire issues, but if you have a door at both ends..

    • Tom

      Hi Steev,

      Thank you for the suggestion, I’ve just looked at some Narrowboats and they do offer a wonderful source of ideas!

      I Hope everyone else finds it helpful too,

      Tom

  16. Amber

    Hi,

    We converted a 40 ft reefer into a library / man cave for hubby. We took out the reefer’s engine, sold it for scrap and put a window in the gap. We have double ranch slider doors in the middle and a ply T & G floor over the top of the grates. We used 2nd hand, double glazed, high wind windows and slider. The walls are stainless steel and smooth we left them like that. We had the outside of the container sprayed with container paint in a cool purplish shade. The total cost of the library was $11,500 NZD That included $1,000 worth of piles and $1,000 transport and a crane to land it.
    I couldn’t find much information on converting a reefer before we did it – only that people don’t use them for health reasons, but we took a risk and listened to the advice of the guy who converted ours. We chose a 2nd hand reefer that didn’t have any repair patches and very few dings. I think the issue with reefers comes when the walls are pierced, moisture gets in and mould can grow. It’s all metal on the inside and was washed thoroughly. It feels clean to me..you’d think that all the metal would feel cold and sterile but the wooden floor and all the books on the wall balances it. We are very happy we chose a reefer, it keeps the temperature perfect, even though there are extremes outside. I’m glad we didn;t have the hassle or cost of insulating and lining. The insulation on a reefer is thick and in the walls, floor and ceiling, whichever temperature you heat it up to, it holds. It’s been great in cold old Dunedin.
    If we were going to live in a reefer we would want to install air vents but for the use it has now there has been no problems with condensation etc. We didn’t put any power in but just run a cord from the house. We could easily add solar to provide lights etc down the track
    We are so happy with it we thought about doing another one – A self contained little guest house. I do find it strange no one else is using reefers ..I wonder if any one out there has new information on the supposed health hazard of using them in conversions

  17. Nicole

    Hi Tom,

    I’m very delighted about that awesome idea. I live in a 120 years old, family heritage farm property home.

    It needs many repairs and extremely costly. We were advised to built from the ground up to minimize the costs.

    But now I see what can be done, I’ll definitely convince my husband… I really want a living basement as well.

    Waiting to hear from you,

    Nicole

    • Tom

      Hi Nicole,

      This sounds fantastic.

      How did your convincing go!?

      Tom

  18. Sherri Sykora

    I really like the idea of a container home. I am in need of something very soon due to relocation. I live in South Georgia. I am moving to the north Georgia mountains. Where do I start? I know absolutely nothing about this process or who to contact!

  19. Joost

    Hey Tom,

    Maaaaan I was excited, but now I am on it! Thanks a lot..will be using the info gratefully 🙂

    • Tom

      Great to hear Joost!

      Best of luck,

      Tom

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