A Container Home In The Woods
The Internet has been blowing up with stories of a container home in the woods. So naturally I needed to find out what all of the fuss was about.
Twenty nine year old Canadian Joseph Dupuis started planning his home in the woods in 2010. He would spend an hour or so each day sketching out the plans, before finally taking the leap in 2012. He purchased the 3-20′ used shipping containers for $3400CAD each, and began the process of turning the boxes into a livable home after 3 months of 14-hour work days.
The finished home sits of part of his family’s farm about 35 miles west of Ottawa, Canada. Dupuis, who does renewable energy research at Algonquin College in Ottawa, wanted a home that allowed him to live off the grid as much as possible. The repurposed shipping containers are connected in the middle, and when the doors are closed, they look like 3 containers sitting oddly out in the middle of nowhere. It’s only after you open the doors do you see it’s actually a house with a deck in front.
And what a cool house it is!
The 325 square foot home has 9 325-watt solar panels to provide electricity and since there is no plumbing, Dupuis relies on a neighbor to supply water which he stores in a bin behind the house. The winters can get pretty brutal in that part of Canada, but through insulation, a wood-burning fireplace and heated floors, that hasn’t been a problem.
Dupuis has now moved out of the house and listed it for sale, with the current asking price of $58,000CAD. He has plans to add a 4th container on top of the current 3 to add bedroom that will allow him to have a sky view. Since the house is meant to be portable, the price doesn’t come with the land, so you’ll have to move it to your own location. But with shipping containers, that’s much easier than with other types of pre-fab or modular homes. Aside from the front porch, the houses can be lifted from its foundation via a crane and moved in about an hour with a Hiab truck.
“I want to help as many people as I can get out of the pocket of big banks and make people more self-sufficient,” he told HuffPost. “I see my friends buying $400,000 houses and they’re in debt for the next 35 years. It’s pretty backwards — we don’t need these expensive homes and all this stuff we have in our lives.”
“It’s very, very simple living,” Dupuis said. “Take out the utilities and mortgages…it’s about community. That’s the most important thing to me.”
Long term, Dupuis would like to turn this into a business — manufacturing low-cost pre-fabricated housing made from used shipping containers. We think he’s off to a great start.
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