How A Shipping Container Can Become The Coolest Off-Grid Home

  • If you're not completely sold on the idea of a shipping container house, you can certainly gain some off-grid inspiration from it. Everything from solar power to a propane energy source to a downspout system is included in the home!

    Shipping containers have everything you need to build a home, according to Adam Hellicar of Honey Box, Inc., a Canadian company that specializes in container box architecture.

    The home is made with three 20-foot shipping containers that are joined with specially designed clamps.

    The home has what Hellicar calls “a modest solar system” that provides 800 watts of power. Propane provides the energy for the home’s hot water heater, refrigerator and range/oven. A woodstove delivers heat. The home has a composting toilet.

    Hellicar installed a gutter and downspout system to divert water off the roof. Rainwater and well water fill two large tanks for showering and washing dishes.

    The home has spray foam insulation.

    He does not live in the home on a full-time basis. He says the home is mobile and can be taken apart and reassembled in three to four hours.

    Would you consider repurposing a shipping container to live off the grid? Have you come across other unexpected things people have used as off-grid housing?

    Article & Photo Source: Off The Grid News


    1. Sean Shusky said:

      This is cool and all but have you forgotten the government sanctions on all of your “off grid” tiny home living. #1 you cannot collect rainwater so your water unless you have a well they will shut you down. #2 you have to be hooked into the electric grid as sanctioned by government. Generators? Your own power ha please !#3 you cant live on any land without the govt sticking its$#%&!@*into it i mean the govt does not own it they just claim ownership. And you dont have a mortgage? Ohnoes! Better buy a real house so we can stick our$#%&!@*into that too! There is no way unless you do not have a soc sec number or are illegal to live this free. #facts

    2. Lynn Allred said:

      So, is Bob Zahn an internet troll? You decide:

      In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion,[3] often for their own amusement.

    3. Brent Morgan said:

      I’ve seen several on TV shows showing unique homes. Just don’t burry them or they will collapse. That is unless you reinforce them.