Ok, Our First ISBU E-Book Is Shipping! – Container Homes

by heather

Image courtesy ContainerCity

Well, we finally get our book done this weekend. Introduction to Container Homes and Buildingsis finally done, at almost 100 pages! Whoo-hoo!

Alex and I have been amazed at the response so far, so if you want to pick up a copy (a bargain at $9.95) then you’d better get on it!

A Clarification…

The book is an introduction to building with ISBU containers. You’re going to learn:

  • Why ISBUs are one of the most frugal ways to build a home
  • What’s possible with ISBU construction
  • The benefits of living in an ISBU home (including how much you can save living in these structures)
  • How to make your ISBU home look just like any other home
  • Roofing options that will save you literally thousands of dollars on your build
  • 20 house plans that illustrate what you can do with ISBU containers (plus the build budget for each design)
  • Options for insulating your ISBU
  • What you’ll face when you go get financing for your ISBU build
  • The benefits of using 20′ containers instead of 40′ containers
  • And much more

Now, this book isn’t the gigantioid “How-To” book we’re still currently working on. That book, when it’s done in a few months, will be a step-by-step guide to building an ISBU home. It will cover everything from selecting the best ISBU container, to pouring foundations, and putting on a roof.

Everything you need to know in order to build an ISBU will be in that book. So, it’s going to be a tome.

This smaller e-book is like Round 1 to the series. And at almost 100 pages, it’s a huge bargain. There is some fantastic information in here (especially about roofing options and insulation) that won’t be in the next book. And the houseplans are worth the $9.95 by themselves.

If you’re interested in frugality and possibly building your own ISBU home one day, then you won’t want to miss this series. Again, I would not be working on this project if I didn’t believe in it 100%. Alex knows more about ISBU construction than anyone, and some of the tips he has in here you simply won’t find anywhere else.

Want to give it a look? Head over to our site, www.containerhomebooks.com.

Now that this is wrapped up, I’ll be back to regular posting this week!

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July 3, 2010 at 12:35 am


mark e July 3, 2010 at 12:57 am

Nice! As a person who has been drawn to the container houses since I first ran across them several years back, I’m quite excited to hear about this! Off to buy a copy…

TM July 21, 2010 at 8:39 am

I never buy through paypal . Is there a way for me to send a check and Alex or whoever can send me a book through regular mail ? Please let me know , thanks, TM .
[email protected]

TM July 21, 2010 at 8:43 am

Sorry .
I can’t even open Alex ‘s site . TM.

heather July 21, 2010 at 11:28 am

@TM- No problem! Let me check with Alex first to make sure that’s ok, and I’ll get back with you as soon as I hear. Thanks so much!

mohammad August 23, 2010 at 7:07 am

I’m establishing a company, the container houses.
I am inexperienced in strength against the (earthquake, flood, fire etc ….)
I need scientific information and technical experience on the subject.
has This structure any technical books ?
I am pleased you help me.

Giovanni January 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

The container structure resist the earthquake, floods and fire! All you need are proper weldings and non-welded calculated joints.

If i were you…i’ll start to thing about the insulating, and the icy winter!


Betty March 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I wanted the 9.95 book.

Betty March 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I want to order the 9.95 book as quoted un the first page.

Mike Abbte March 25, 2012 at 1:57 am

I, too, am interested in the $9.95 book. How do I order it?

john d robertson aka "el grande gringo" October 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Hello, As a long time GC I have been using these metal crates for just about everything except their intended use. I never ran into any serious problems save for those that control the local building codes. We often used them as temporary living quarters on job sites etc all over the country. The common complaint or code question was “Do you have current approved structural evaluation to use those containers as safe living quarters?” Most of the time all that was desired was the $500 to $1500 building permit fee…I’ll bet that line of windfall revenue is still wide open in most municipalities !

Meehlticket June 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

On the book website at the bottom area it says $15.95, toward the top it says $11.95, and on this page it says, $9.95. This is our first monetary step toward setting up our own container home… so regardless of the price of this book, I’m sure it will be worth the price. I look forward to seeing your “tome” when it is finished.

carol herbst October 1, 2015 at 8:22 am

Alex Klien has taken a deposit of 6 thousand dollars from two female disabled United states veterans who have been working towards build this container affordable home.
Now Mr. Klien will not answer any letters phone call, so the money sent as good faith is now gone.
Have we been taken advantage of by this man who swears to take care of his fellow veteran.
I have proof check was cashed and no containers are sitting on my property.


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