DIY Shipping Container Home Built For Less Than $10,000

 As usually, in those interviews we communicate with shipping container home  builders to help you.

We talk with them approximately what labored and what didn’t work and how you can research from their mistakes so you can build the satisfactory shipping container house  feasible.

Just if you ignored our preceding interview with ryan naylor, you could see it right here.

In this episode we talk with stephan busley from australia who managed to build his shipping container home  for much less than 10,000!

We communicate with stephan approximately key shipping container home topics along with: foundations, insulation material and technique, construct value and subsequently, if he could suggest container home construction.

If you’ve missed any of our preceding interviews, you may get right of entry to them here.

Tom: how did you get the concept of building your house with delivery containers?

Stephan: we were searching at the most price effective way to stay on our circle of relatives’s newly bought block of land in order that we should forestall renting and very own our very own location. We started off residing in a caravan and at first looked at package houses, after which sheds and converting them into stay-capable dwellings. However, the extra we seemed into that form of issue the greater crushed we became at the costs related to not most effective buying the package home/shed first of all but to have it constructed. Simple google searches for reasonably-priced methods to build soon put us at the right song to the usage of delivery containers and we have become very enthusiastic about the idea after seeing extraordinary ways some human beings had put them together to create a cheap and precise homes.

 Tom: why did you decide to construct your property out of shipping containers?

Stephan: the moment we realized we ought to get a 12×3 meter robust construction that was basically the metal foundations of a home (floor/partitions and roof) for underneath 5k changed into whilst we determined it became the manner to go. Being reachable and skilled inside the creation industry i realized it become something i ought to healthy out and convert myself with out getting builders in to do it. The truth it turned into eco-friendly and an high-quality manner of recycling some thing that had already been manufactured suited our manner of wondering and our lifestyle.

Tom: how long did the home take to build?

Stephan: approx 6-nine months operating on it every weekend. I ought to possibly have finished it in 1 and 1/2 months running about 8 hours a day. We preserve to feature to it and constantly enhance it all of the time.

Tom: roughly how plenty did it cost to build- can you give us a high-stage breakdown right here?

Stephan: overall value comes in under 10k. This consists of: metallic posts in the floor, concrete, the container, kitchen and fibro/paint and many others.

The off grid sun that powers the residence and also another house on our block of land turned into a further fee at $35k. This consists of 24 panels, 24 batteries, inverters and a 20 foot shipping container to residence the batteries.

Tom: are you able to speak approximately the system of building your private home- what had been a number of the highlights of the technique?

Stephan: it turned into important for us to suppose first about the size of the shipping container and widespread vs high dice. In our hot weather (queensland, australia) ceiling enthusiasts had been a should which became the identifying component in getting a excessive cube. We also desired to phase it into three areas- 2 bedrooms and a kitchen/living vicinity. I did loads of research into how to healthy out a field and also determined on doing things my own way. I determined on gluing the 4×2 wood handled pine battens (for wall framing within the shipping container) rather than screwing via the metallic because of worries of the screws causing the field to rust and leak with heavy rain.

We knew it might be some time earlier than the outside become fibro sheeted (fibro is compressed concrete sheets). After the framing turned into finished the plumbing and wiring become placed into location.

Tom: how did you insulate the container…

Stephan: i placed r 1.Five glass wool insulation on the inside earlier than the fibro sheets have been positioned up for the walls. We’ve got located this worked adequate and is pleasant for winter/cooler instances of the year but in our particularly warm weather in vital queensland in summer time we truely also need ceiling enthusiasts and air con to preserve the temperature at a at ease degree.

Tom: in your experience what are the benefits of building with shipping bins?

Stephan: they’re structurally very robust and strong (effortlessly stood up to category five cyclone marcia and sustained no harm). They’re also low value and really environmentally friendly.

Tom: would you propose building with shipping bins?

Stephan: i’d without a doubt advise constructing with shipping containers as they may be sturdy and amusing to paintings with, you examine along the manner, you may preserve on adding to them and create your own particular home. Our delivery shipping container  is still very new and we have plans to quickly upload a 20ft shipping container as a lavatory/laundry room. I would suggest that you do thorough research before starting so you recognize what’s involved. It can be very time consuming and you may run into problems if you don’t prepare and plan nicely earlier.


At this point i’d like to take this opportunity to thank stephan for becoming a member of us and taking part inside the interview.

I am hoping this interview has stimulated a lot of you obtainable to show you that you could build an low cost shipping container house. Additionally i hope that with the aid of stephan sharing his revel in and understanding of shipping field home constructing you also learnt a component or !

In the end, in case you need to recognize some thing else about stephan’s container home , go away a remark below and i will send this on to stephan.

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Welcome to I've spent my career helping people upgrade their homes and improve their lives. I learned first hand about home renovation from my father, who hand-built our family home.
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