Building a Shipping Container Home | EP03 Doors, Windows, and Insulation

  • Published on Mar 22, 2019
  • In episode 3 we will show how we installed doors, windows, and insulation in a shipping container home. We experimented with different ways of reinforcing the openings we cut in the corrugated metal of the shipping containers and show how impacted the installation of the doors and trim pieces to cover gaps between the door frames and the containers. The star of this episode is the pair of JELD-WEN Bi-folding doors that we installed parallel to each other.
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    Ryobi Generator
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  • The Modern Home Project
    The Modern Home Project  Month ago +255

    Hi! sorry for the delay and the audio issues. I have been traveling a bit lately and its been hard to keep up on editing. I wasnt sure how in depth to in the design notes section but i will try to add more information to the web posts which i am working on now. Here is a link to the architecture firm i co-founded: if you want to see some of the other houses we have designed. Go to for a 360-degree tour.
    Here is a link to the collection of the products we used from Home Depot which was the sponsor for this project:|O|FY18|NA|YT|Multi|Multi|ContainerHomeDescriptionCollection|
    Product Links
    Forney Welder
    Insulation 2” R-13
    Subfloor Panels
    Liquid Nails Subfloor Adhesive
    Joist Hangers
    Ryobi Generator
    Goal Zero Solar Kit and Power Pack

    • Clw Clwh
      Clw Clwh 5 days ago

      +The Modern Home Project hmmm...would you be willing to do such a construct in the Caribbean? I would like to give back to a community by setting up a central compound livity centre.

    • Clw Clwh
      Clw Clwh 5 days ago

      +David Findley hmmm...would you be willing to do such a construct in the Caribbean? I would like to give back to a community by setting up a central compound livity centre.

    • joey dubbs76
      joey dubbs76 8 days ago

      Building codes in California are ridiculous.

    • twychopen22
      twychopen22 15 days ago

      +Abel Rodrigues you mean a shipping container be shipped overseas? Highly doubtful.

    • Felipe Matzymor
      Felipe Matzymor 21 day ago

      With this videos you show us very detailed instructions to everyone dream to build a container home..

  • Payy Alim
    Payy Alim 5 hours ago

    Does the slab has footing and tie beams? Or its just a lean concrete?

  • RobGordon35
    RobGordon35 12 hours ago +1

    Please post some more updates, I love this! ~Peace

  • Charles Martin
    Charles Martin 15 hours ago

    What a great video to show the work involved to build a container home. Just wondering how hard it was to get all the permits. We have a home in Palm Springs
    But I would love to buy a lot in the desert and also build a small one size container to use for Airbnb or a small get away home. Such a great idea. Great great job.

  • Ghost Z
    Ghost Z 22 hours ago

    So how much did all cost

  • Michael Esquivel

    When’s the next episode?

  • Rahul C
    Rahul C Day ago

    Is that an ep04 in the works? Have been waiting for a month already.

  • RinnyDale
    RinnyDale Day ago

    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 👍🏻👍🏻 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    TJ'S WOODWORKING SHOP 2 days ago +1

    Hey my brother you guy's Rock awesome job :)

  • Ace C.
    Ace C. 2 days ago +1

    This build looks sooooooo expensive. I think a trailer would've been cheaper, and a lot less work....

    • Alex Rains
      Alex Rains Day ago

      THOW have their own spate of issues.

  • bengals068
    bengals068 2 days ago +1

    Awesome job.. plan to do my own thanks for the reference video. :)

  • Isaac Asimov
    Isaac Asimov 2 days ago

    sweet videos. but grey?

  • Jamil Gannaban
    Jamil Gannaban 2 days ago +1

    Love this series very much so far. Very informative. I'm a licensed Architect but I'm still stuck on office work which means I still don't have much actual building / on-site experience. Keep going Sir. God bless.

  • Phonso
    Phonso 3 days ago

    Where's Episode 4

  • FazeGaben
    FazeGaben 3 days ago +4

    we need the continuation pls :)

  • Rashad Glover
    Rashad Glover 3 days ago

    These videos are the bomb!!!

  • WiFiTubeTV
    WiFiTubeTV 3 days ago

    I unsubscribed because this project was only cool to watch and trendy but not worth it. With that budget I could have designed a better vacation home and make it look like a container house. You literally built a house INSIDE a container.

  • Julian Alberto Touceda

    I been downloading your video and love your concept of the CH. I live in Texas and your plans fall right in with the Texas climate but I prefer to raise the CH that I have in mind like 4 or 5 feet off the ground. i want to create an Artist Studio with 3 container of 42fts and 2 containers each 20fts to live in. Your info is helping me out a lot...thanks.

  • Doctor Doom
    Doctor Doom 4 days ago

    Thank you for giving me lots of ideas.

  • Platinum CTvS
    Platinum CTvS 4 days ago +1

    Where is EP04 its been soooo long

  • Guppypants
    Guppypants 4 days ago

    Seems like with all the other materials you added to make this a home, the shipping container really amounts to a mere siding choice. I know that this is sort of an experiment, but for the price of this I'm sure you could have a really nice prefab home delivered to your site.

  • Sabin1981
    Sabin1981 4 days ago +1

    I've completely fallen in love with this series and I'm so excited for Episode 4!! \o/

  • DR Paquette
    DR Paquette 4 days ago

    Awesome video and details.

  • johann rüstmann
    johann rüstmann 4 days ago

    Why not place 2 containers almost side by side with plumbing in the middle and open up the facing sides ? Love these projects . Would of loved helping.

  • Seth Miner
    Seth Miner 5 days ago

    In conclusion kids, he builds a regular tiny home that happens to have metal siding.

  • Zo
    Zo 6 days ago

    Excellent videos! They should be a T.V. Series.

  • Bobby4D TV
    Bobby4D TV 6 days ago +1

    Is the series finished? Was looking forward to a full house tour episode!

  • Johnathan Saunders
    Johnathan Saunders 6 days ago

    What is with talking about the cost, it will turn people away if you make it about money.

  • MetalGearMk3
    MetalGearMk3 6 days ago

    Ben, it would of been cheaper and better if you built a rammed earth home. It's fireproof, good insulator,mold proof, termite proof, and earthquake resistant , combine that with an earthtube you won't HEVC system. Living in a metal building is not good for your long term health.

  • TheOtherBill
    TheOtherBill 6 days ago

    This thing is getting ridiculous. Should have known it when it was first said it was being built in CA. From the asinine regulations to the multiple crews on a supposedly DIY project. Thumbs down and unsubscribed.

  • Doyle Williams
    Doyle Williams 7 days ago

    Sitting here waiting on Episode 4 😁😁😁😁

  • Vincent De Groodt
    Vincent De Groodt 7 days ago

    The long waiting between episodes is killing me 😩

  • Stanley Banks
    Stanley Banks 7 days ago

    I bet all those windows will crack from all that welding spatter.

  • hernan oñate
    hernan oñate 8 days ago

    Why use wood panels and after plaster. Would not it have been better to use only plaster?

  • Jamie Jackson
    Jamie Jackson 8 days ago

    3 weeks later and no ep 4

  • stokestack
    stokestack 9 days ago +2

    Really informative. Did you consider putting two containers side by side and cutting out the intervening walls to create a wider space? Any idea if that's practical?

    • stokestack
      stokestack 6 days ago

      +Jason Storey Why would you need another wall? If it's a structural issue, why not just put a beam from side to side?

    • Jason Storey
      Jason Storey 7 days ago

      You'd have to then build what is essentially another wall to support them...You wouldn't get a wider space that way, just a different type of wall.

  • Dave P.
    Dave P. 9 days ago

    Beautiful house, But that road to it may lead to purchasing a house for sale sign. I'll bet if it weren't for the profit the inspectors wouldn't drive that road either. Also you can see by your neighbor that wind energy works out there, will you be using it too? By the way, what ever happened to the few days planned for long distance videoing by Home depot?

  • tavish mckenzie
    tavish mckenzie 9 days ago +1

    brilliant tips!! it looks great, thanks for all the tips

  • Andy Damiano
    Andy Damiano 9 days ago

    Got to ask you. are you required to have structural engineers,architecture, blueprints? I am in California as well.I know how and what I want to have built but felt I won't need to spend bucks on the 3 groups I 've mentioned.

  • Patricio Appel
    Patricio Appel 10 days ago

    Hi, great video, how much did the client paid for the complete project.

  • Citizen Fox
    Citizen Fox 10 days ago

    Better solution based on what you did: build a normal home, and just slap on the corrugated steel outer walls to the outside. You don't really have shipping containers at this point.

  • VicVal
    VicVal 10 days ago

    Man these are great videos but there is so much work to put into these things now I'm really rethinking buying these containers and building a house either way great videos man keep putting them out

  • carlcat
    carlcat 10 days ago

    I like the shipping container idea but once I saw how much time and money I began to think one could have bought a book of vacation home plans and ordered the plans for very little. On top of that you would have wound up with a very beautiful vacation home. A shipping container home would only make sense to me if it was wayyyyyyyyy cheaper and faster. On top of that a shipping container home is not a very interesting space. Still enjoyed watching your videos.

  • jfly888
    jfly888 10 days ago

    Episode 4 coming soon?

  • Ahmed
    Ahmed 10 days ago

    When is the next video

  • BeyondWrittenWords
    BeyondWrittenWords 11 days ago

    Meh. Just level the ground, put the container on something hard. Start living. I'd build a bigger wooden house with all this hassle.

  • Bad Samaritan
    Bad Samaritan 11 days ago

    Your audio switching to left side mono during your diagram explanations, is really annoying. Loving these videos otherwise.

  • Khaerul Jamal
    Khaerul Jamal 11 days ago +1

    I like this channel. Keep going on your work!

  • Ocular Shift
    Ocular Shift 12 days ago

    Question: on the insulation, it looks like the insulation panels leave gaps over the walls' indentations. Could that cause condensation issues? I've seen numerous other projects use spray foam insulation. Thoughts?

  • Stefano D'Armini
    Stefano D'Armini 12 days ago

    Really a good job but unfortunately you didn' t show the final results.

  • Jon Smith
    Jon Smith 13 days ago

    There are now several suppliers of a paint that can be applied directly to rusty metal or nice clean metal. The important thing is to use a strong cleaner to strip any residual oils that come on new metal. The product I’ve had the best performance from is from the Eastwood Company. It’s called POR, paint over rust, it’s not designed for welding through but once you do all your welding, you can wire brush by hand to remove the welding soot, once again use a thorough cleaner, apply the POR and THEN apply your calking. POR dries to a very hard, nearly chip proof finish that resembles baked on Powder Coatings. Never gonna need to be done again. No mater WHAT you try to paint on, if you’re gonna weld on it... it better be well sealed from the chance of moisture or you WILL get rust. All that 1/8” and thicker steel you used for the windows and doors is gonna outlast you, almost certainly. The sheer dryness of the climate there and the heat will evaporate moisture. POR man, tough as nails, easy to apply and excellent bang for the buck price wise. 👍

  • Naveen Anujaya
    Naveen Anujaya 13 days ago +1

    i will shit my pants when start lightning around there and living in a steel box 😬😬

  • Hamdi Alaydi
    Hamdi Alaydi 14 days ago

    what a nice project you've done, i think if you split your project to two half .. before shipping you can do the cutting cabling wiring & insulation work .. the other half must be in the location.. this way might be reducing the cost

  • Alex Kulenkampff
    Alex Kulenkampff 14 days ago

    Nicely done, any cost for the project?

  • Jeppe Ekvall
    Jeppe Ekvall 14 days ago

    Why does the doors swing inwards? Exit's should always swing outwards (in case of an emergency). Great project though :)

  • Nada Whey
    Nada Whey 14 days ago

    Ben may I recommend a double roof, and paint it white, to help reduce temps inside the home.

  • Ricky Farrow
    Ricky Farrow 15 days ago

    Please do a part 4

  • Mark Black
    Mark Black 15 days ago

    Why am i seeing this?

  • Kevin Arevalo
    Kevin Arevalo 15 days ago

    Great Video! I have a piece of beachfront land in El Salvador, top surf destination... I am planning on building a hotel, looking into using containers to make 8 small studio apartments with beachfront views. Do you suggest containers would be cheaper/easier alternative rather than typical brick/cement? (el salvador use brick for construction, not wood)

  • Cleber Lirio
    Cleber Lirio 15 days ago

    You are such a cool guy sharing the information step by step. It is highly appreciated, as well as exciting to watch you building your house and been patient enough to share with us everything that you are going through.
    I cannot wait for the video 4.

  • Avi Ator
    Avi Ator 15 days ago

    anyone see that bug at 11:03? Great content. Love the overhangs on the windows and the brilliant ideas for framing and floors. All around great video including 1 & 2!

  • Vicent C
    Vicent C 15 days ago +3

    Who needs Game of Thrones when you have this masterpice. Thanks for the video. Can't wait to see E4!

  • Saad Al Jabri
    Saad Al Jabri 15 days ago

    Great job, thank you for sharing

  • golf del Rey
    golf del Rey 15 days ago

    Great videos,and concept,congrats

  • Patrick Melson
    Patrick Melson 15 days ago

    Did a great job! Did you frame 2x4 stud walls? Looks like 2x3. Adding that additional subflooring is way overkill in my opinion. Did you think about installing the sewer pipe under slab and coming up through the bottom of the container instead of cutting all through the steel floor?

  • Mohammed Abdullah
    Mohammed Abdullah 15 days ago

    I think it'd have been better to join all 3 containers for better rigid support against Tornadoes and earthquakes.

  • ranjeeth palanisamy
    ranjeeth palanisamy 15 days ago

    im eagerly waiting for the next video

  • Damon West
    Damon West 15 days ago

    I'm looking forward to the next video. You and your crew have done a great job and I'm enjoying the process. Grind on.

  • Joy Deb
    Joy Deb 15 days ago

    Episode 4 please...😌😌

  • Tekka579
    Tekka579 15 days ago +1

    This is amazing and an option for me... Subbed

  • Salt_
    Salt_ 15 days ago +1

    This is so detailed and in depth. Thank you for bringing this to us. Cant wait for the next ep!

  • McMas
    McMas 16 days ago +1

    thanks for sharing these episodes about shipping containers....too bad that you were required to do things for code in Cali, great job Ben

  • King Kasey
    King Kasey 16 days ago

    why dont u fully weld the metal?

  • 0311 KV
    0311 KV 16 days ago

    Did you think about lining the roof and the side that faces the sun with dynamat heatshield or the like?

    • larry warren
      larry warren 4 days ago

      They have a paint that has a solar shield for roofing i can't remember the name brand ive seen

  • Brandon Harrison
    Brandon Harrison 16 days ago

    voodoo glow skulls t shirt FTW

  • Michal Treder
    Michal Treder 16 days ago

    This is a great series. I love the attention to detail in describing the design, engineering and construction process. I work as architect in europe and I find many of the materials used a bit of overkill but biggest one is requirement for sprinklers in a single family one floor dwelling. I would consider this maybe if the house was powered by gas but in this case I am sure its not. Looking forward to seeing more videos!

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  • Hollengrhen
    Hollengrhen 16 days ago +1

    Episode 4 already, Come one people!!
    Best channel ever!

  • darf vader
    darf vader 16 days ago

    Dudes I'm impressed so how much was it for the total project

  • Spartance
    Spartance 16 days ago +1

    Where is next episode dude🤔 I am waiting

  • Fredgast
    Fredgast 16 days ago

    15:26 "even when i went nice and slOW"

  • G. K.
    G. K. 16 days ago

    Those doors are epic, never seen bifolding doors like that

  • AnimaLogain
    AnimaLogain 17 days ago

    So this is how you make a beautiful metal frame inflamable

  • Garry Collins
    Garry Collins 17 days ago

    Is the container roof sloped for rain run off?

  • Ned Ryerson
    Ned Ryerson 17 days ago

    Great video guys. I must include and as partially mentioned in other comments, it's imperative to note; condenstion is not your friend. There should have been some sort of exterior vapor barrier and vents incorporated. Also, the flooring lumber is a disaster waiting to happen. Heaven forbid there is any type of flooding from inside or out, or plumbing problems. Other than that, this is a pretty decent build.

  • Austin Avery
    Austin Avery 17 days ago +1

    Great video series, very informative

  • Eduard Burt DC MUAC
    Eduard Burt DC MUAC 17 days ago

    We are building Net Zero in CA - impact fees is what kills the project. Permit was not too bad and quiet fast for Amador County. Should be done by the end of June. In California on any property that is 5 acres and over you can apply for LDRD - Low Density Residential Dwelling - that permit eliminates sprinkler installation on a new construction. We saved at least 40k there. I am not sure what you are going to use for power at your project. We have 7.8kwh of solar and 36kwh of battery capacity off course off grid completely. That will give you title 24 exemption - that means that you would not have to deal with insulation per title 24 requirements.

  • Chuck Brown
    Chuck Brown 17 days ago

    Incredible job on the work and your videos series.

  • Un Drago
    Un Drago 17 days ago

    How to build a wooden house into a container

  • Ahamad Ali
    Ahamad Ali 17 days ago

    Hope this series doesn't get cancelled.

  • Talha Hos
    Talha Hos 17 days ago

    It would be even more better if you add swimming pool.

  • john marshall
    john marshall 17 days ago

    Buy a foam gun.

  • david morales
    david morales 17 days ago


  • Russ Montgomery
    Russ Montgomery 17 days ago

    Weld-through primer is just fine. BUT! keep in mind that primer does not provide A moisture nor does it stop metal from rusting. Primer is is only intended to give a coating a clean place to stick. In A dry climate you should have no problem.

    BIG DIRO 18 days ago

    dying to know / trying to guess the final cost - and really wondering whether, especially in a desert environment, so small makes sense. I have a feeling you could have added a lot more floor area without a concomitant increase in cost. just saying.

  • I am Silver_42
    I am Silver_42 18 days ago

    I’m also waiting for ep4! Good job! This is inspiring!

  • Andrew Haynes
    Andrew Haynes 18 days ago +1

    Thanks again for this series. Great videos and your notes at the end are very very valuable.

  • Damián "el Salsuero"
    Damián "el Salsuero" 18 days ago

    Episode 4, eh? Right.

  • Keith Veltkamp
    Keith Veltkamp 18 days ago

    There are builders, and there are over builders! I think you fall into the Over builders catagory!

  • Aiden Corona
    Aiden Corona 18 days ago

    How much was it all total not including land I'm here near Joshua tree like 40 min away and I'd love to set something similar up?