How to start your hurricane resistant container building

How to start your shipping container building project. Video explaining the first steps needed to start building a super strong structure out of shipping containers. And explaining the steps I went threw when building mine. Excellent for areas with high winds/hurricanes, and wild fires.

In this video, we meet Joseph RM Dupuis and take a tour of his off-grid shipping container house/cabin in Ontario, Canada. Joseph built the 355 square foot shipping container using three 20 foot x 8 foot shipping containers that he modified so that the indoor space was completely open concept.

The tiny home was designed on the premise that it could be safely closed up for weeks at a time and still be secure. Joseph says he also chose to build with shipping containers because they’re readily available and reasonably affordable.

The micro shipping container cabin is insulated with spray foam on the interior walls, and bats on the curtain walls that were built in the openings at the ends of the shipping containers.

For heat, Joseph installed in-floor radiant heating and a wood stove. For power, he bought a 2 kilowatt solar power system. He had a propane powered water heater for hot water in the shower and the sinks.

Since the cabin is designed to be disassembled and moved, Joseph didn’t invest in digging a well, which made finding water a little tricky. He had a water tote that he would carry over to his neighbours house using a tractor, and this would last him for about a month/month and a half. He left a roughed in space for a composting toilet inside the cabin, but opted to use an outhouse instead.

Joseph lived a minimalist lifestyle in the house for over 2 years before moving into an apartment. He enjoyed his time living off-grid and used it to spend time in nature and to reflect on his life.

To learn more about this simple cabin and to see more gorgeous photos of it, check out his website, Working Title, here:

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle


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40 thoughts on “How to start your hurricane resistant container building

  • September 8, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Very impressive‼

  • September 8, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    VERY Cool video. The narration, however……

  • September 8, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    So where do you use the containers for

  • September 8, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    thats amazing! great job…

  • September 8, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Beautiful 👍👍🇺🇸

  • September 8, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    How did you add the third container on the left? Did you remove the poured concrete on the roof or did you just place it on top ( if so on the latter how did you attach it)

  • September 8, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    How much did it cost to build your Structure?

  • September 9, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Is it safe to live in the container house? I mean what people say is toxic and you could get sick from the various types of chemicals… Have you felt sick or something like that? P.D.: I love your container castle it's a very nice project

  • September 9, 2017 at 12:13 am

    This, I like! People thinking outside the box (no pun intended). My congratulations to you. I hope you will have many happy years in your imaginative and very original personalized home and – by the looks of it – workspace.

  • September 9, 2017 at 1:05 am

    gotta tell ya man i've seen a lot of "shipping container house" video's on youtube and i took more inspiration from your design than any other. love the modern castle and you've got such a great spot to put it… building it into the cliff with the container connecting it to the upper cliff was brilliant. officially jealous as hell and plotting to outbuild you if i hit the lotto. haha. thanks for all the great vids and the hard work. always watch your vids as soon as i see them on my feed.

  • September 9, 2017 at 1:59 am

    how much the foundation cost?

  • September 9, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Can i use this Google sketchup in my phone. I mean can I download in my smartphone.

  • September 9, 2017 at 2:27 am

    This is amazing and thanks for sharing all your hard work with us. Fantastic job!

  • September 9, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Good luck buddy 👍😜🕺🏻

  • September 9, 2017 at 3:17 am

    always interesting videos Andrew! Love your channel

  • September 9, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Awesome but where's the bar the hot tub and the girls?

  • September 9, 2017 at 3:57 am

    This is the best thing ive ever seen, id love to see a complete detailed construction video that shows all the insides of the containers and architecture

  • September 9, 2017 at 4:29 am

    I love your design and concept for this phase, as well as everything that came after it. Do you have a ballpark estimate of the cost, for this initial structure? Thanks so much for this excellent resource.

  • September 9, 2017 at 5:22 am

    I enjoy you videos. Don't stop working on that house tho. You location is awesome for a castle

  • September 9, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Well done you should be proud!

  • September 9, 2017 at 6:26 am

    What kind of support beams were used? Would they be earthquake proof? Thank you

  • September 9, 2017 at 6:47 am

    the best success that i've had was with the Magic Container Plans (i found it on google) without a doubt the best course that I've tried.

  • September 9, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Awesome shipping container build! Only thing I don't get is why you didn't put in a bathroom after doing such a great job on the rest. I would have to have a shower. JMO, not trying to down you or anything. All in all, it's one of my top 5 favorite layouts. It's big enough so you don't feel like you're In a sardine can, yet still small enough that it's efficient and cozy.

  • September 9, 2017 at 7:08 am

    after some research I really wonder how bad the mold can be in a container, how much space gets lost by insulating propoerly and most importantly – I'd like to know if it's really cheaper to build than a regular tiny house.

  • September 9, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I have spent months studying constructing shipping container houses and found a fantastic resource at Rohon Home Build (google it if you are interested)

  • September 9, 2017 at 8:21 am

    There are many components to doing a pro job. One plan I found which successfully combines these is the Rohon Home Build (check it out on google) definately the most useful course that I've heard of. look at this unbelievable resource.

  • September 9, 2017 at 8:26 am

    What an awesome guy, we share similar values :] I think a small well-designed space, especially something repurposed like a shipping container is a great idea for those of us who seek to spend the most of our days out in nature or working the land and live sustainably. Thank you for making this video showing us his cool home. Definitely an inspiration for us as we create our own shipping container home in the Big Island of Hawaii.

  • September 9, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Love this

  • September 9, 2017 at 8:43 am

    👍Love it

  • September 9, 2017 at 9:01 am

    very cool,

  • September 9, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Just for information purposes, in case you did not know. There is a device that makes water out of air. I found it while searching to make my future container home self sufficient/off the grid. It may be worth looking into so you don't have to truck your water and you could then put a toilet in your home rather than the out house. You did a great job and I can see why you enjoy it. I wish you much happiness in your life.

  • September 9, 2017 at 10:13 am

    perfect set up

  • September 9, 2017 at 10:54 am

    There are several components to creating an amazing design. One resource I found which successfully combines these is the Magic Container Plans (google it if you're interested) without a doubt the no.1 info that I've seen. Check out this extraordinary website.

  • September 9, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Fabulous location and a beautiful home. I agree, that solitude, silence, nature and creativity are the best things.

  • September 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    My favorite container home. You could benefit from a roof rain water collection sytem.

  • September 9, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    good video

  • September 9, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I just love all the alternative ways that people can live! Could you imagine if all the people lived in these ways then it wouldn't even be an alternative, it would be the norm. And then we would find ourselves looking for the new alternative.

  • September 9, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    dam thats the style i will do on my build. two 20ft containers i can lock and leave. i have a plan for a second sloping roof to insulate under and mount solar panels. great job, too bad about your water situation.

  • September 9, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    nice I m loving it.

  • September 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I lov this home : )

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