Want to Build a Shipping Container Home? Buy the Book!

by heather

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So, you long time readers will know that I’m a little obsessed with shipping container homes.  They’re cheap, they’re green, and they just look so darn cool.

Well, many of you MIGHT not know that my good friend Alex Klein (many of you know him as Ronin) is one of the world’s most experienced builders with ISBU homes.

Alex has built well over 100 of these shipping container homes all over the world, and he consults with people globally on ISBU home construction.

He also lectures and teaches workshops for building with ISBUs.

Alex and I have been working on a “how-to” book for building a shipping container home. The book is going to focus on how to teach everyday people, like you and me, how to build an ISBU shipping container home. For cheap.

And, the first installment will be done in just over a week.

What’s it called?

Introduction to Container Homes and Buildings

This e-book is the first installment of the monster-sized “How-To” book we’ve been working on for months.

This first report is  $9.95. It will be sold via Paypal on Alex’s site, which you can find here.

What’s in here?

  • The “Whys” and “Hows” of ISBU construction
  • Some of our favorite house plans (14 total…covering 20′, 40′, and 48′ sized containers)
  • Insider secrets for building with ISBU containers (including how to avoid common pitfalls most first-time ISBU builders fall into)
  • What you can expect (and not expect) if you try to find financing for your build
  • And much more

A Note: The information in this book comes from Alex’s considerable experience building with ISBU containers. There’s good information in here, and I wouldn’t put my name on it if there wasn’t. Alex knows his stuff. And the houseplans are worth the $9.95 just by themselves. If you’re thinking about building an ISBU container home, then you’ll want to check out Alex’s innovative ideas.

What’s best is that these tips and secrets are for regular people building regular sized homes on a budget. There are NOT huge, celebrity style “green” homes. The information in here will show you practical ways to build an ISBU home and go green on a shoestring budget.

How to Pick It Up

First, this REPORT  will NOT be available when “Container Home Building” is released. We’re only selling 250 copies of this report. Once we hit 250, we’re stopping.

The monster “How-To” book is going to be considerably more expensive, at an estimated cost of $49.95. Think “reference book”. It’s huge. And, many of the plans we’ve included in this report will NOT be in the final book.

Second, the cost is $9.95.

Third, the book will be out in a week. If you want to reserve your copy, click here to head over to Alex’s site, where you can pay with Paypal. After we’ve processed your payment, we’ll confirm your order and then email the REPORT right to you as soon as it’s available. Again, we’ll be done in a week.

Fourth, the report is both Mac and PC compatible.

Last Word…

There is some great information about building with ISBU containers in this report. And like I said, the house plans Alex has designed are worth the $9.95 alone. If you need some inspiration, or just want to see what’s possible, you’ll get it here.

Once you’re done reading this, you might start to wonder why we’re not all living in ISBU containers. They’re cheap. They’re green. They’re resistant to fire, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes. And, they’re fairly easy to turn into super cool homes.

Which is why it’s my dream to live in an ISBU home.

Any questions about the report? Leave a comment!


patty June 24, 2010 at 10:12 am

Thanks for the wonderful blog today. I always enjoy coming back to read your site. EcoMech -a green company I am a green mom who also owns a wonderful geothermal company in Atlanta – helping families go green at their own pace. We believe in sustaining our world. Very glad to of stumbled upon your site!

Renaissance Ronin June 28, 2010 at 4:04 am

Hey Heather!

I think that you forgot to tell them that it’s finished!

And better still, it’s shipping RIGHT NOW! In fact, it’s flying out of here!

So, if you want a copy of this great book (if I do say so myself!), you’d better act fast!


Jamie Northrup June 29, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I just finished reading the book (then having a quick conversation with Al) and it was definitely worth the time and money. It is a great introduction to the ISBU homes I’ve been lusting after for years.

First of all, it gave me the confidence to see how easily a house could be built (by me).

Second of all, it gave me some motivation to start researching these details in more depth. I’ll be anxiously waiting for the Big Book.

heather June 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm


That’s awesome! Thanks so much for letting me know; I appreciate the feedback. I’ll certainly let everyone know when the Big Book is done (yep-title is still pending!). 🙂

Container Homes Fan July 1, 2010 at 10:49 am

Great – thanks for the heads up I will check it out !

john simmis August 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Building with containers is worth taking a look at if you are contemplating a new home.


Lots of example buildings, details, facts, and links to other articles. They have something new that you can setup your own project wiki to get help with your project if you are the design build sort…

Mike Curin May 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Hey Alex I hope your still at it. I see the comments are from 2010. I appreciate your ideas. I’m sure you and I would get along great based on what I read.
I hope all is well and you can still send the book. I made a donation either way.

Jorge April 26, 2014 at 8:51 pm

These ideas are still fresh here in California, I am dealing with a client that wants a bunker made out of this containers and the County of san Diego still refuses to accept it, we have to do it concrete or steel.
Where have you been doing this projects in the USA, (name the states)? They do not have Building Codes?

Jorge April 26, 2014 at 8:52 pm


M June 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm

So how do I order this?

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