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10 Things These Shipping Container Home Owners Wish They’d Known Before Building Their Home

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Shipping container homes are gaining momentum for offering home builders flexibility, efficiency, and affordability in the design of innovative housing.

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While some may consider these freight homes a sublet of the “tiny house” movement, many of them are far from tiny.

In fact, some home builders have used up to as many as 14 shipping containers in the design of these unique freight container homes. But why all the hype?

Well there are a few perks, one of them being that shipping containers can be readily modified, connected, and stacked in creative ways for a fraction of the labor and resources it would take to build these homes traditionally.

As a resource for people interested in pursuing these projects, the people over at Containerhomeplans.org compiled the advice from 23 shipping container homeowners, asking them what they wish they would have known before building their homes, a valuable resource for potential shipping container home owners.

We’ve listed 10 of their stories and advice, check it out below!

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10 Shipping Container Home Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Building My Shipping Container Home”

Top 3 Most Important Things You Need to Know:

  1. How to purchase the correct shipping containers
  2. The importance of building regulations and planning
  3. Finding a contractor with previous experience

1. PV14 House

Photo: Wade Griffith

© Wade Griffith

More than 14 containers were used in total to build Matt Mooney’s goliath 3,700 square foot home in Texas. It boasts 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and an outdoor swimming pool. Here’s what he had to say:

“As far as what I wish I would have known… it is very hard to say since I have wanted to build one for almost 25 years… I have been thinking about and studying it for a long time.  We (thankfully) had very few surprises. 

If I had to pick something, I would say that the actual process of buying & shipping One-Trip containers from Dolphin Containers in Shanghai was an interesting experience… and navigating the used container market here in the region before we decided to go with One-Trips. Other than that, I enjoyed every minute of the experience of building this thing.”

2. Tiny 20 Foot Off-Grid Shipping Container Home

20-Foot-Off-Grid-Tiny-Shipping-Container-Home Hayden Spurdle

© Hayden Spurdle

Brenda Kelly’s new home was made from a single 20 foot shipping container and due to its size it doesn’t require any building permission or council consent.

“In answer to your question, I thoroughly researched prior to embarking on my first container home so I’m not sure there’s anything I wish I knew that I didn’t. However, this was a non-consented model.

If I was building a larger home that requires council consent and I wish I knew more about the application process for a building permit!”

3. Nomad Living Guesthouse

© Luis da Cruz

© Luis da Cruz

Built in 2013 by Arnold Aarssen from Studio ArTe, this Portugal home uses only one 40 foot shipping container which provides over 300 square foot of living space.

“I wish I knew how to insulate the shipping container, we ended up soldering elements on the walls and then sprayed them with a foam anti-fire insulation.

Also I wanted to know how to keep the sun off the roof; in the end we did this by double ventilating the roof.

Finally how could we utilise passive solar energy for the container. We did this by placing large windows in the container facing south west.”

4. Manifesto House

© Antonio Corcuera

© Antonio Corcuera

This house was made using 85% recycled/eco-friendly materials and was designed by James & Mau. Raquel Izurzu, an architect from James & Mau, was asked what they wished they had known before designing the Manifesto House.

“We wish we’d known in cold countries above all, you need to ensure you have proper insulation to protect against condensation.

With Manifesto House in Chile we had good results – The climate is not really cold or hot there. We only needed to put some pallets on the external walls to control the sun and some insulation.”

5. Containers of Hope

© Andres Garcia Lachner

© Andres Garcia Lachner

Designed by Benjamin Garcia Saxe for the Peralta family, this home cost a staggering $40,000 USD to build and provides over 600 square foot of living space. Here’s what the family had to say in retrospect:

“We did not expect so much wind in the site and are now having to screen off the wind with vegetation as the container makes a bit of noise when there are large gusts of wind.”

6. The DeWitt and Kasravi Sea Container Home

© Norcal Construction

© Norcal Construction

This home was designed by Modulus using four high cube shipping containers. The containers were pre-fabricated off-site then delivered to California before they were re-assembled. The very top floor has nine skylights fitted into the roof which provides huge amounts of natural light.

“Find one contractor to help the whole process versus having one for getting and modifying the containers, and another to finish out the interior.

This wasn’t really an option given local familiarity with containers as a structure – but that’s what we would have wished that would have likely made certain things a bit easier.”

7. The Beach Box

© The Beach Box

© The Beach Box

This home was built in the Hamptons, one of New York’s most expensive areas, by Andrew Anderson using shipping containers purchased from SG Blocks.

The containers on the ground level are used to create four bedrooms. The second floor contains the kitchen, dining room and living room. Just in case this isn’t enough, the home also features a 1300 square foot exterior decking and a pool!

“Don’t unnecessarily cut the boxes. Also make sure your contractor understands modular or container finishing. This will impact on the price and quality of your shipping container home.”

8.) Casa Incubo

© Sergio Pucci

© Sergio Pucci

This home was built around an existing cedar tree in Costa Rica and was designed by architect Maria José Trejos. The home used eight 40 foot high cube containers, helping to reduce the construction time by around 20%.

“Since this house is in Costa Rica with tropical weather, I wish I had been extra careful to paint it with the strongest paint to protect against the rain.”

9.  WFH House

© Jens Markus Lindhe

© Jens Markus Lindhe

This shipping container home is one of the first in China and was built by Mads Møller from Aarcgency. The home has a huge sloped roof which is topped with a living-garden. This filters rainwater and also provides the home with additional insulation.

The external walls of the containers are lined with bamboo, which insulates the containers as well as protecting them from the natural elements. Mad’s response:

“Just one thing: Building code! What is allowed?

Every country has its own sets of rules and standards. This means a container house in US does not look like a container house in Denmark.

That is something most people do not think about. The container is a generic product, but climate, fire regulations etc are not…”

10. Nederland Colorado Shipping Container Home

© Braden Gunem

© Braden Gunem

This 1500 square foot home is based in Colorado. The home was designed by Brad Tomecek, from Tomecek Studio, as an experiment to try and reduce the size of the average American home and to also be as environmentally conscious and friendly as possible.

The containers are bolted down into the existing rock and this provides the owners with a gorgeous view overlooking Nederland. Brad’s advice:

“Welding takes a long time and is expensive, so try to keep it to a minimum.

These container projects have been for clients who really like containers or have some tangible need that containers provide such as durability.”


These homes are each so inspiring in terms of creative design. Who knew you could do so much with a large metal box? Surely they offer a fresh perspective for potential home builders looking for a cheaper and more flexible way of designing their home. Hopefully these tips will prevent unnecessary issues during the planning and building stages.

To see more shipping container homes and advice from the people who built them, check out Containerhomeplans.org.

What are your thoughts on these freight container homes? Would you live in one? Share with us in the comment section below! 

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Why Humanity Is So Obsessed With Finding Aliens Right Now

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  • The Facts:

    Behind closed doors, quietly, billions are researching and trying to learn about the reality of aliens. It is one of the biggest topics being explored by humanity right now and there is a deep reason for this.

  • Reflect On:

    Why are we so enthralled by the reality of ET life? What would happen to our consciousness if we learned they were real and that there were millions of races? How would daily life change?

The biggest secret behind why ET and UFO disclosure has been suppressed is something that isn’t discussed all that much. We typically hear about things like technology suppression, specifically energy systems. How do these crafts get here? What propulsion systems do they use? These questions lead people towards the reality that the technologies of UFO craft ultimately would disrupt our fossil fuel energy oligarchy so much that it would also collapse our economies in some ways.

Of course, this would not be such a bad thing. Why? Because when you consider that this would mean having endless and ‘free’ energy, cost for goods would drop dramatically. Not just that but, when you begin to examine the ease in creating systems based around abundance, it becomes incredible to consider what is truly possible.

An endless supply of food grown locally, everywhere! Endless energy, installed everywhere! Cars and building facilities that do not create pollution. We could essentially live in a society built such that we do not need to be enslaved by money or debt because abundance would simply become a natural happening of a society built with abundant technology, that’s harmonious, in place.

We can all see the value of such disclosures, and the reason why this would be covered but. But there is something even deeper.

The Biggest Secret

The question is, if we know these technologies exist, and they are being suppressed. And if we know that whistleblowers and people have already reverse engineered or built these things, and not all have been killed or threatened, what is the reason why these things are held back? Why do we still deny these realities en masse?

The truth is, it comes down to consciousness. We’ve been saying this since the inception of CE in 2009: solutions are there, but they won’t come until humanity is ready. What does this ACTUALLY mean to be ready? It means growing up enough as a race, that we can actually be responsible for what it is we will have access to. Not just that, but to be able to say we have ‘graduated’ in a sense, to say we are beyond our old ways.

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While that sounds like a loaded few sentences, and they are in a sense, all that is really being said here is, humanity has been stuck in a cycle of experience where we continually see everything, and everyone as separate from us. We are individuals, living out our identities and lives and we are simply here to survive. We believe the limiting ideas of what our reality is and should be and thus we create that reality consciously. Our collective belief about how our world should be is directly tied to what actually happens.

But there is this feeling deep within us at this time, and I know you feel it, where we are beginning to deeply question our ways. How we treat one another, our political systems, the elite manipulation and control that exists, the existential reality of who we are and how we are truly just consciousness, all connected. These deep questions are asking us to explore who we truly are and why we are truly here. And many of us are doing so. This is beginning to create instability and change in our system because the consciousness that holds up our old world, is beginning to crack, and a new one is emerging.

It’s On Us

As our consciousness continues to shift, through us truly doing our own questioning, changing our own patterns, habits, thoughts, and actions, we will begin to truly create the solutions necessary to create a world where we can thrive. And disclosure of technologies will come forth. It comes down to US having to do this work, not governments, not someone else coming to save us. It’s about creating an entire populace with the mentality of truly being empowered and self-responsible, as opposed to needed governance and feeling helpless.

This is why the greatest reason why ET reality is so suppressed comes down to consciousness because with an introduction to ET life, comes an entire myriad of experience we have not been exposed to.

In the video below I explain what this means deeply, and how we can begin opening up the doors to mass contact with ET’s.

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Canada’s Premiers Sour On Carbon Tax: Positive Signs?

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  • The Facts:

    Justin Trudeau's Carbon Tax legislation seemed to be on track just a year ago, when 9 of 10 provinces had signed on to it. But times have changed, as today at least half of the Premiers are speaking against it.

  • Reflect On:

    What does it mean if Canada, once on track to implement a Carbon Tax, is now having great difficulties getting it implemented? Does this mean people are starting to wake up to the fact that it is a money-grabbing hoax?

(Note: the video embedded down below by Annie Leonard is a clear and simple explanation of the Carbon Tax / Cap and Trade system. It might be of benefit to view this video first if you are unclear about these concepts.)

For a while, it seemed like the powers that be had won another high-stakes battle, pushing their cap-and-trade scheme through Canada by way of Justin Trudeau’s federal government. It was only a year ago that nine of ten provinces had agreed to Trudeau’s plan to usurp provincial jurisdiction and mandate a national carbon tax.

Now Saskatchewan, the lone objector at that time, has filed a reference case to its provincial court of appeal, arguing that the matter falls under provincial jurisdiction. And they are no longer the lone voice of dissent.

Ontario Bails

The newly elected Ontario government announced recently it would end the province’s cap-and-trade program, fulfilling one of Premier Doug Ford’s election promises.

 “Cap-and-trade and carbon tax schemes are no more than government cash grabs that do nothing for the environment, while hitting people in the wallet in order to fund big government programs.”–Doug Ford

Citing the auditor general, the Ford government said the program could cost Ontario consumers and businesses C$8 billion, with a minimal impact on the province’s carbon emissions.

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Other Provinces Join In

As this Financial Post article notes:

This week, going into the meeting of the premiers, the number of provinces supporting the Trudeau carbon tax looks like it’s down to five — or maybe even four. Soon it could be down to three.

Along with Saskatchewan and Doug Ford’s Ontario, Prince Edward Island has now said it will not accept Trudeau’s mandatory carbon tax. That’s right: a Liberal provincial government, under P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan, is now siding with conservative premiers in Ontario and Saskatchewan in fighting Trudeau’s federally imposed carbon tax. And in Newfoundland and Labrador another Liberal provincial government, led by Premier Dwight Ball, has yet to legislate a carbon tax. They wanted to wait, he said, to see what Ontario would do, first. They have their answer now.

There’s also Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister. You might remember he was in a rush to announce his own <less expensive> “made-in-Manitoba” carbon-tax plan a few months ago. More recently, Pallister’s government has said it is willing to take the Trudeau government to court so it can follow its made-in-Manitoba tax plan, not one made in Ottawa. Even New Brunswick’s Liberal Premier Brian Gallant, who is hosting the St. Andrews meeting this week, seems to be backpedaling on his support of a Trudeau carbon tax.

Power Shift

While most of the reasoning behind the political about-face of Canada’s Premiers is based on jurisdiction issues with the federal government, there may be more at play here. Behind the scenes, there may be a shift in power towards those who are not set to benefit from the cap-and-trade scheme. In the video below, Annie Leonard speaks about who is really promoting cap-and-trade and what kind of benefits they hope to get from it. She also indicates, as Doug Ford alluded to and Donald Trump has certainly said, the whole scheme does little to nothing for the environment or for humanity’s future.

I personally believe the whole CO2/Global Warming narrative to be a hoax. But that’s a story for another article. Even if the ‘science’ is true, Leonard makes it clear that with this cap-and-trade system, world leaders are merely promoting a complicated system designed to increases the wealth and control of the powers that be. Seeing a growing number of Premiers in Canada starting to line up against the cap-and-trade system is a sign to me that things may be going in a better direction.

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Long Time NSA Intelligence Official Shares His Thoughts About Supposed “Russian Hacking”

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  • The Facts:

    A longtime NSA official William Binney shares why the Russian hacking story is full of flaws and lies, and why the NSA is really 'spying' on people.

  • Reflect On:

    Why does the United States have a long history of blaming another country with completely false allegations? In this case, it's because the establishment really wanted Hillary Clinton to win so they could continue with their agenda.

Hearing about all of this Russian hacking, Trump, and politics, in general, these days seems to be like eating the same type of food every night, you literally get sick of it. This begs the question, should we even pay attention to it? Of course, we should, the political realm and the corporate stranglehold over it (and above that sit the financial elite) are taking advantage of us because WE are the ones that allow this entire charade to continue. It would be the same thing as not paying attention to the fact that pharmaceutical drugs are killing many people. There are many examples. To simply ignore it allows those ridden with the disease of power to keep taking advantage of us.  One thing is for sure, our so-called “leaders” don’t seem to care. Sure, they gather at summits every year to supposedly discuss solutions to the global problems, but solutions have been in existence for decades and nothing seems to happen. This alone should make every single person question what’s really going on behind the scenes because nothing seems to really make any sense at all.

It also forces one to come up and create solutions within their own life, and start creating change that way, by doing their best to be it.

This article sheds light on one common problem that’s existed for decades, and that’s the constant blaming of Russia, as well as other governments and global politicians for problems that don’t even exist. Perhaps the best example would be 9/11 and Iraq, or the recent supposed chemical gas attacks in Syria, and much more. Each is an example for humanity to wake up and see what’s really going on, because it keeps on happening over and over again, and to stop it, awareness is key, human consciousness is key…

It’s always critical to look at the information that’s not coming from mainstream media sources, and if you do, you will find multiple ex-intelligence agents and employees saying the exact opposite of what’s presented within the mainstream media. You can also find hard evidence to corroborate these statements, unlike the ones that come from mainstream media. These are brave people, who chose to share truth rather than sticking to their national security oaths, simply because “national security” has now become a term used to justify completely immoral action, like mass surveillance, for example.

JFK warned us about national security becoming a term that is used to keep everything a secret, hidden away from public knowledge.

One great example of one of these brave people would be would be William Binney, a high ranking NSA intelligence official who worked decades for the agency that blew the whistle on the NSA surveillance programs. He was the subject of an FBI investigations raid, which included a raid on his home in 2007. He was the one before Snowden and revealed that since 9/11 the agency has intercepted trillions of communications. He made headlines when he resigned in 2001 after 9/11, having worked more than thirty years for the agency. He was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold War and was repelled by the United States’ massive surveillance programs.

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He is still outspoken today, stating that the ultimate goal of the NSA is “total population control.” And again, it’s not just him, it’s many others. According to Binney, all of the allegations against Russia have been completely false.

This isn’t surprising, Hillary Clinton was supposed to win, her speeches were written by Goldman Sachs (Wikileaks), all she represented was a mouth-piece for the corporations, and the entire military-industrial complex, a mouthpiece for the terror war industry, and much much more. The level of corruption with Hillary and within the DNC was off the charts.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were the only two who showed authenticity not connected to power, regardless of how that authenticity was perceived by others….

Binney recently did an interview with Dennis J. Bernstein, an American producer and co-host of the radio news program, Flashpoints Radio on Pacifica Radio, where he explains why Russian Hacking the election was impossible.

Bernstein: So if, in fact, the Russians were tapping into DNC headquarters, the NSA would absolutely know about it.

Binney: Yes, and they would also have trace routes on where they went specifically, in Russia or anywhere else.  If you remember, about three or four years ago, the Chinese hacked into somewhere in the United States and our government came out and confirmed that it was the Chinese who did it, and it came from a specific military facility in Shanghai.  The NSA had these trace route programs embedded by the hundreds across the US and all around the world.

The other data that came out from Guccifer 2.0, a download from the DNC, has been a charade.  It was a download and not a transfer across the Web.  The Web won’t manage such a high speed.  It could not have gotten across the Atlantic at that high speed.  You would have to have high capacity lines dedicated to that in order to do it. They have been playing games with us.  There is no factual evidence to back up any charge of hacking here.

You can read that entire interview here. you can watch another interview with him discussing the issue below.

In the interview, he goes on to state:

Bernstein:  It was initially put out that seventeen intelligence agencies found compelling evidence that the Russians hacked into our election.  You’re saying it was actually selected individuals from just three agencies.  Is there anything to the revelations that FBI agents talked about taking action to prevent Trump from becoming president?

Binney: It certainly does seem that it is leaning that way, that is was all a frame-up.  It is a sad time in our history, to see the government working against itself internally.

Bernstein:  I take it you are not a big supporter of Trump.

Binney:  Well, I voted for him.  I couldn’t vote for a warmonger like Clinton.  She wanted to see our planes shooting down Russian planes in Syria.  She advocated for destabilizing Libya, for getting rid of Assad in Syria, she was a strong backer of the war in Iraq.

Acknowledging that Russia had nothing to do with the election results goes to show the level of corruption within politics. It’s a game where allegations are thrown around within its own country, as well as globally. There are massive divides within the American government itself, a Deep State.

Here’s a little clip of him on RT at the end of last year. The interview above is more recent, and the feelings haven’t seemed to change.

William Binney is a hero. Just like Edward Snowden, Sibel Edmonds, and many many more.

The quote below is from Kevin Shipp, taken from the interview written about and soured in this article, another veteran of the CIA. It expresses why the Deep State wants Donald Trump out, because he’s not a puppet for them, like Hillary was, it explains why they instantly made up the Russia hacking allegations…

There is essentially a civil war involving parts of senior management and upper parts of our government that is occurring in the United States. It’s between the ‘Dark’ side and the ‘Constitutional’ side. There has never been anything like this in history. It is extremely serious, and this is an extremely serious hour for our government and especially for our constitutional freedoms. . . . This essentially is a global criminal cabal that has penetrated into our government and now has senior-level officials colluding and, I would argue, conspiring to unseat this president.

 

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