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Introducing- How To Build A Shipping Container Home: The Complete Guide

Posted By: March 11, 2015 In Featured

Want to build your own shipping container home? Start Here.

It’s a very exciting day here at ContainerHomePlans. My team and I have been working for the past several months around the clock to bring you something special; and tomorrow the day is finally here.

The DIY guide for how to build a shipping container home has finally arrived!

We’ve researched, spoken with other shipping container home owners, and experimented to help bring together the very best information for you. It’s all here, from simple designs and plans all the way through to the nitty-gritty know-how.

Before we go any further and discuss the book in more detail though, I’d like to thank you, the reader.

You see, the idea for the book came from the countless emails I’ve received from readers asking for a simple how to build a shipping container home guide. I’ve read several guides online and I didn’t feel comfortable referring my readers to them because I don’t think they provide enough value.

So I decided to get the team together and write a guide which I would feel comfortable referring my readers to.

So to everyone who asked along the way, thank you. Even to those who didn’t know the book was being written but still participate on the website and help make ContainerHomePlans the community it is; thank you.

If you want a sneak preview of the guide, scroll to the bottom of this blog post and enter your email address and I will send you over two free chapters from the book now.

The Guide

Now, onto the guide. The guide will take you through, step-by-step, how to build your very own shipping container home including: guidance on how to obtain a building permit, how to properly insulate your container, the types of foundations appropriate for shipping containers and where to purchase containers from for the lowest possible price.

If you’ve already read enough and want to get your hands on the guide you can head over to:

If you’re still wanting more information continue reading!

Since the guide was announced last week, I’ve received quite a few questions. A lot of these questions are very similar so I’ve decide to compile a frequently asked questions list.

Q: I’m looking for advice on how to get a building permit for my container home, will this guide help?

A: Absolutely! The guide contains a checklist of which documents you will typically need to produce when submitting an application for a permit. It also contains country specific advice including: United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Q: Does the guide cover how to insulate my shipping container home?

A: The guide talks you through exactly which types of insulation you can use, where you need to insulate to maximise the benefits and also, how to apply each type of insulation onto your container.

Q: What topics does the guide cover?

  • Planning Permission
  • Choosing and Purchasing Your Containers
  • Laying Your Foundations
  • Fitting Your Roof
  • How to Fit Doors and Windows
  • Insulating Your Containers
  • How to Fit Your Floors and many more! (In total the book has over 18 chapters)

Q: What format is the book in?

A: The completed guide is a digital book, published as a PDF. We decided to use PDF because the book contains lots of images and drawings, and PDF helps us to maintain the image quality.

I hope that’s helped to answer any initial questions which you might have, so without further ado I’m proud to introduce to you:

Get How To Build A Shipping Container Home- The Complete Guide Now

That’s all for now, I’d love to hear your thoughts about the book, feel free to send me an email or just leave a comment!


  1. Clark G.


    I am a skilled constructoon craftsman amd am looking into building a steel container home soon. The ebooks i have seen this far, are deceiving . How is it possible to explain how to build a home in 20 to 24 pages. So the question i ha e is how many pages does your ebook on building container home have? Hopefully yours is more than 24 pages.

    • Tom

      Clark, our eBook is 97 pages total

  2. Evan Newman

    I would like to have a book not a ebook and is willing to pay shipping and handling if this is not possible thank you for your time.
    Evan Newman

    • Tom

      Hi Evan,

      We are currently working to create a hardback version of the guide later on this year, as the guides are currently eBooks.

      However, we do allow you to print the eBooks if you prefer a physical copy to read.

      Please let me know if you have anymore questions,


  3. Alex


    I Live in South Africa and we are metric based. does the book contain measurements in Meters and Centimeters or would I have to manually convert everything


    • Tom

      Hi Alex,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      The book only contains imperial units so you would need to convert the figures. However within the plans pack there are both imperial and metric units.

      Many Thanks,


  4. Siya

    Hello! Does the book include information on purchasing land for your shipping container home? Does it break down the costs of everything?

    • Tom

      Hi Siya,

      We don’t cover purchasing land- however we do break down the cost of everything for your container home within the guide. For instance containers, insulation, utilities, foundations, framing and much more!