The DIY guide for how to construct a shipping container home is available for all of you who are ready to start planning. We’ve researched, spoken with other shipping container owners, and experimented to help bring together the very best information for those of you wanting to get started from square one on a shipping container journey. Find it here!
Before we go any further and discuss the book in more detail, though, we’d like to thank you, the reader. The idea for the book came from the many emails we’ve received from readers asking for a simple how-to guide. There are several guides available online. We didn’t feel comfortable referring our readers to them because we didn’t think they provided enough quality content for the value.
So….we decided to get the team together and write a guide which we would be proud to share with other shipping container enthusiasts.
To everyone who encouraged us along the way, thank you! To those who participate on the website, you have helped make this a community. Thank you for taking the time. We are grateful and we want to show that gratitude. If you would like a sneak preview of the guide, scroll to the bottom to enter your email address. We will send you two free chapters from the book.
Now, onto the guide. The guide will take you through, step-by-step, how to construct 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.
If you’ve already read enough and want to get your hands on the guide, you can head over to:
If you still want more information, continue reading! Since the guide was introduced, we’ve received a few questions. Some questions are very similar so we have compiled 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 maximize the benefits, and 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
- Plus even more that is included in the 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.