Hold on, bounce over here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freight_container. I knew you knew what they were. But, did you know what these big ole boxes are being used for once they’re worn out and retired? You ready? These corrugated cargo holders are being transformed into affordable, sturdy, aesthetically amazing homes. And guess what?……We built one. With our own two hands + friends and family. That means hammers, and drills, and acetylene torches, and a whole bunch of other gadgets and power tools!
Who Are We Anyways?
We are two big kids and one little. Me (Brook) and my best bud, Ryan, fell oh so madly in love and made a baby oh so very quickly. We were 23 at the time. Now we are 28. This makes Soleil, our daughter, three and some change.
Ryan and I both got one of them college educations and graduated top of our classes. We both work our butts off, and with all this….we sit nicely atop (and occasionally just below) the government’s line o’ poverty.
Thing is, we’re not the only ones hanging out here. Lots of our buds are in the same boat. Working with no clue how they are going to make it to the DREAM of the multi-hundred thousand dollar home, with the multimulti-hundred dollar mortgage.
We just want to shake things up a little, its kind of our way.
Yea. That happened.
But, sometimes you get a break. Sometime you just get lucky. We have been blessed with a beyond kind private investor who believes in us and our hilarious dream.
How ’bout them apples, Wells Fargo?
The dimensions of the home are 40×28 (hence the clever blog title, good job Ryan)
We used a fairly standard foundation, two shipping containers, and a shed roof
The home is 1,120 square feet
Our land/home package cost just over $110,000
We used recycled, salvaged, low cost and free materials whenever possible
We used our own hands, and the hands of friends and family, to accomplish a majority of the construction
We documented our process and our progress, in hopes of making your shipping container home a hell of a lot easier to build
You in for the ride? It’s going to be a great one!