Interested In Shipping Containers? Then Help A Fellow Blogger…

by heather

Ok, if you’re a regular reader to the Greenest Dollar then you know I’m in the process of planning my own shipping container home.  And, based on the traffic that my last article on the subject, “Want To Live In A Shipping Container?“, has gotten, I’m guessing that there’s quite a few of you out there who are interested in this as well.

Which is why I’m sending out a shout-out to all of you who are as obsessed with alternative housing as I am.  A fellow blogger who’s building his own shipping container home, RenaissanceRonin, needs some help.

Ronin’s blog is all about building and living in a shipping container home.  And, it’s wonderful.  Why it’s wonderful?  Because Ronin writes exactly what’s on his mind.  It’s hilarious, opinionated, and full of life.  It’s also full of really awesome, hard to find information on shipping container homes.

But, things are getting tight for Ronin and his family.  They’re in the middle of building their shipping container home in coastal Mississippi (right where Katrina hit), and he’s not sure he can afford to keep his blog up.  He’s not getting any feedback from readers, and the $55 he pays for Internet each month is getting to be expensive.

Ronin just might kill me for putting up this article, but I don’t care.  I’m begging, yes begging, all of you who are interested in alternative housing, specifically shipping container homes, to visit Ronin’s site.  He has a small Paypal donation button on the right hand side of his page.  Even if you can only send him $1, or $5, please help him keep his blog going.

It’s a wealth of information if you’re interested in building one of these homes.  Ronin’s gone through all the trials with planning and zoning, and he’s written about it all on his blog.  It’s fabulous, and you simply can’t find this great information very many places on the web.

Again, his site is:

Please go help him out if you can.

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Tara Burner March 26, 2009 at 6:24 am

I just sent them a $25 donation
hope it helps

heather March 26, 2009 at 7:19 am


Thank you so, so much!

Beth @ Smart Family Tips March 26, 2009 at 8:50 am

I’m on it. I think it’s great to help individual people, rather than blindly sending checks to large organizations. I don’t mean to suggest that large charitable organizations are a bad thing, but often people who need our help are easily accessible through more direct means.

Thanks for letting us know about Ronin’s site.

heather March 26, 2009 at 9:46 am


Thank you so much for your generosity!

I think all of us pulling together, even if it’s just $5 per person, can make such a difference in someone’s life, financially and spiritually.

And I agree with you; I donate to larger organizations, but it’s so much more personal to help someone on an individual level.

Thank you all for helping him.

Tina Davies March 27, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Let me tell you little bit about Ronin;

I’ve actually met Ronin and his family. I work in the gaming industry, and that takes me to the city he lives in. After trading emails with him, my husband and I arranged to visit him and his family, in February.

Although he’s a “crotchety old guy :)” he’ll give you the shirt off his back, if you need it. His family has almost nothing (not even a car any longer, they sold theirs to pay his wife’s medical bills so she could stay in treatment), after the hurricanes and the hardships his family endures. He lives in a “pretty difficult” little apartment, in the middle of a lower-income neighborhood. He’s surrounded by HUD and Section 8 housing, and train tracks.
But, he operates a makeshift food bank out of his own kitchen cabinets, to make sure that none of his neighbors go hungry. They collect old clothes to distribute to anyone who needs them, as well. His tiny living room looks like a “swap meet warehouse.” (Sorry, Ronin!)

All this while his wife is dying, and his little boy tries to grow up like a “normal” child. And on top of that, he writes the blog that we’ve all grown to love, to help other families just like his, that are looking for a way out.

We’d arranged to stop by, to visit, and get some plans Ronin had, for a 5 ISBU home they had built a few years before. I didn’t “buy” them, he gave them to me. He wouldn’t let us pay for them. He said that they’d have to be redrawn to reflect my circumstances, but they’d “give me guidelines.”

Even though I’m employed, my family lives paycheck to paycheck, and we appreciated his generosity. Like many other companies, my company is downsizing, and my job may be on the block soon. But as a result of his kindness, our home is about 30% complete as I write this. We’ll be living in it, by the time the kids finish the summer, and school starts later this year.

Ronin is the kind of neighbor you always wanted, He’s kind, and he’s generous, even if he is basically a “cranky old hermit.” 🙂

And, I’m sure that he really appreciates our generosity in return, even though I’m sure it hurts him to have to ask for help.

Please know that you’re not throwing money into a pit, helping Ronin means helping to save a family that really deserves it.

Like heather, Ronin is probably going to kill me for telling you all this, but I don’t care.

heather March 28, 2009 at 4:47 am


Thank you so much for writing in; your comments about Ronin are amazing. I knew his wife was ill, but I had no idea that they’d sold their car to help pay for her treatment.

I’ve talked with Ronin many times, only through email of course, and he’s always been incredibly friendly and always willing to share information. In spite of all he’s been through, he’s incredibly funny and never fails to crack me up.

They’re truly good people who desperately need help.

Thank you so much for writing in.

TM May 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I didn’t have time to read all about this Ronin . However, I was wondering does he sell his book ? ( How to build the shipping container as house ) I am an elderly Asian who has been experiences through rough life ( victim of Domestic abusive ) For that matter , I always want to have a house of myself ( to live alone safely and cheaply ) I like the diea of shipping container as house , and since this idea promise to be not expensive , I would like to know how to build so I can do it for my goal ( a place for myself ) I would like to buy a book from him .
BY the way , what is his address ? As elderly and as disability as I am , I think I can send a little bit money to him . I don’t do paypal , I need a read address . Thanks, TM .
Please email his address to my email [email protected] .

Container Homes June 23, 2010 at 2:50 am

I have just purchased a copy of the ebook for $9.95

I think getting something in return for a small “donation” helps to provide a sense of self value to old school men like Ronin. I wish him and his wife well for the future.

TRICIA June 28, 2010 at 8:25 am



heather June 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Hi Tricia,

We just finished it this weekend! Please visit Alex’s site at if you’d to purchase it. He’s handling all payments, and your book will be emailed as soon as your payment is confirmed with Paypal. Thank you!

Craig Moorhouse July 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm

making a donation for the book doesn’t seem like a donation to me – the wealth of information in this book is worth many time more than a mere $10 bucks. I’ve been looking for resource material on ISBU home construction and find only limited information that is big on fanciful visions and not grounded by information on how to actually build these homes without breaking the bank. I have never met this man in person but I can understand how you can become friends with him through e-mail correspondence and I am very sadden to hear of his desperate situation. I am at a bit of a loss for words – his work has inspired my recent projects.
Take some time and learn about him and his work – take action.
Craig Moorhouse

heather July 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm

@Craig- Thank you for such a lovely comment. Alex is a true heart, and we are both trying to help spread the word about ISBU construction so that people can live in affordable housing.

Alex knows everything about building with ISBUs; the depth of his knowledge is pretty incredible, and there is a lot of great information in this book.

Thank you so much for writing in!

Shipping Container Homes March 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

Thanks for the heads-up on Ronin’s blog. I’ve just headed over there and read a few of his posts. Some are inspiring, others are rather informative. I’ve added him to my rss feed, and I’m considering buying his ebook. I think the work he’s doing in helping overs is excellent 🙂


Gielie Moller March 15, 2011 at 6:12 am

Hi Heather
Do you have any contact with someone that can help my company “SA Rabbit Meat Farmers” in South Africa.
We are trying to create jobs and feed our people by rabbit farms all over South Africa, working out of shipping containers, we need container donations from every were in the world. Thank you for your blog and good luck with your future projects.
Gielie Moller

Alfredo July 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I Looking for companies specializing in assembly buildings containers.

Already have the containers and now I need the specialized technical support to install.

Mark Abrams July 30, 2018 at 3:05 pm

I did send Alex Klein (Renaissanceronin) $100 – This was for allegedly helping others in need… Also to get a copy of his New Book Nuts and Bolts + CD. Well its been 3 + Years and nothing. Not even a reply or update to getting me what was promised. To be fair his PA (Personal Assistant) Rita did send me an email 5/31/18 suggesting that Alex’s reply is in my spam folder. I checked and there was no reply. She did cc AK and NBX Stating “As before, a full refund is available to those who don’t want to wait for the book release.” This was a 2 Months Ago and several emails to Rita asking for a refund. Nothing!

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