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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  • Ozzy Gtz
    Ozzy Gtz 33 minutes ago

    YES, (Sheet-rockers) did it in 2 days ‘cause they Must be a mexiCAN crew!!!💪🏾😁

  • Montana Ranger
    Montana Ranger 4 hours ago

    All this is great information. I sent these videos to a friend in Alaska who is preparing to do a shipping container home build.

  • David Greek
    David Greek 6 hours ago

    I might be wrong , but isn't there health issues with using spray foam insulation in warmer climates, as it give's off a toxic/ammonia substance.. D

  • Jackson Porter
    Jackson Porter 19 hours ago

    You already know he got the idea for this from trailer park boys

  • Jon Luman
    Jon Luman Day ago

    So far, it looks like you are "sucked into" every in-efficient make-work operation known to the construction (if it takes twice as long, I make twice the money) industry.

  • Ellenor Bovay
    Ellenor Bovay Day ago

    Wow, you did a really good job on this video, very good graphics and attention to detail. We had been thinking of building a house out of shipping containers for years, but we finally decided not to. You did a really good job on yours though, and it looks like you're going to have a super strong house and you won't have to worry about termites or fires. We have a bunch of shipping containers, but we just use them as a garage for a back hoe, and as storage.

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  • Wilson Sia
    Wilson Sia Day ago

    Hello there, I really enjoy your video. where in US States is this located?

  • Bhatt Hole
    Bhatt Hole Day ago

    I'm sure someone has said something like this already....but with all the steps needed to reinforce and adapt the container, and with all the framing which had to be done anyway.....wouldn't it have been FAR easier just to build the damn house traditionally? You'd have skipped so many levels of problem-solving, welding, modification, ect. Plus...possibly cheaper.

  • Charles Forbin
    Charles Forbin Day ago

    This place is going to make an Awesome home with great Scenic desert views......for the Squatters who move in while you're gone to Boston.....

  • veranet99
    veranet99 Day ago +1

    With all this over-engineering, what's the point of the container? Dude, you got boned.

  • TheLiasas
    TheLiasas Day ago

    That "sprinkler system as a must" is beyond bullshit. Specially consideron that retarded fee for some idiot to run a str8 pipe connected to a few pf rhose above your head. Smh

  • CleanYo Screen
    CleanYo Screen 2 days ago

    i have a question, if i wanted to make a house from cement blocks and concrete, is it more or less expensive than a traditional american house made from wooden boards and studs?

  • Alexander leon
    Alexander leon 3 days ago

    Although the idea is very cool a concrete structure would of been a lot faster and cheaper especially in labor.

  • Oblivion
    Oblivion 3 days ago

    insulation, insulation and more insulation. How many inch of living space finally?

  • Buc Wheat
    Buc Wheat 4 days ago +1

    Living in Canada you went way overboard on the construction for a warm climate... Remember you only need to adhere to State and National Building codes.... Key thing to remember in Humid and warm climates or Cold climates... airflow and ventilation... let things breathe and don't go crazy. You should have involved or hired an experienced builder as an advisor IMHO...

  • VanadyStar NM
    VanadyStar NM 4 days ago

    How many containers do you think someone would need to do 30,000 ft.²

  • Vitalijus Pirogovas
    Vitalijus Pirogovas 4 days ago

    really cool video. thumb up! basically you built timber frame house inside the containers?why you had to use that much timber? is it about regulations in california?

  • thatjokerperson
    thatjokerperson 4 days ago +12

    im surprised no one is adding
    "new homes must have sprinkler systems"
    to the list of why no one likes california.

  • Tee K
    Tee K 4 days ago

    need more spray foam

  • AlkalineGamingHD
    AlkalineGamingHD 4 days ago

    There is a theme here. you over paying and getting RAKED over the coals for your money. 6k for 850sqfoot fire suppression!? Bro....

  • AlkalineGamingHD
    AlkalineGamingHD 4 days ago

    care to mention how many companies you shilled out for in this video sponsored you? Got nothing against them helping you out with the costs but you're weirdly flexing products and their brand names. Feels like a sponsored plug that you're not properly disclosing.

  • JcoopinNeWYork
    JcoopinNeWYork 5 days ago

    ver bad videos io dont see anything fcking clickbait

  • Inner Cynic
    Inner Cynic 5 days ago +1

    Wouldn't you put some sort of reflective insulation in at the beginning? This thing is a heat magnet!

    • coler154
      coler154 2 days ago

      reflective insulation needs air gaps in order to work properly.

  • J R
    J R 5 days ago

    I know now how to spend less on my container home!

  • melinda3281
    melinda3281 5 days ago

    I've dreamed of this ever since a kid. Not even lying no joke I actually wanted to live in one. And now it's actually happened in real life... When I grow up I'm going to get a house like this, no joke 😀😀👍👍👍👍👍👦👉👨

    • melinda3281
      melinda3281 5 days ago

      If I'm able to 😐🙂☺️😀

  • Bernard Lam
    Bernard Lam 5 days ago

    At least half of the people commenting on here gets it. This is a normal house with real shipping containers acting as siding. It would be cheaper to build an actual normal house (box) and then use metal siding to get the container look. But its not his fault. Its just whats required by the building department because there are no building codes designed for containers. I researched about building container homes for years and decided against it because of this. The cost is at least as much as a normal house if not more. He's doing it as an exercise and for education for everyone else. For these "boxes" kind of homes, the fastest (therefore cheapest because labor is $$$) would be to use SIPs. Or, since this is really a DIY channel, he could have framed the entire house with 2x6 all by himself if he wasnt trying to use containers lol.

  • Crook County Customs

    All that work and money just so someone can come by and steal your house.

  • Sarah Baby Girl Salvador

    I'm just interested in watching and learning about building houses, from big to tiny homes, shipping containers build, restoration, van conversion, and this is by far The Most Awesome build from beginning to end that I have seen. You and your team are amazing!

  • merritt McDowell
    merritt McDowell 7 days ago +2

    I'm willing to bet you spent more on this than the same size stick built house

  • stephen payne
    stephen payne 7 days ago

    First-year architecture student here, just wondering, why are you insulating so much in a hot arid area? and what purpose does having glass at every opening really add to the design and functionality of the project? Do you think would have an effect on temperature control? and why is there no concern about air flow?

  • u3962521
    u3962521 7 days ago

    you've done a great job on this video series, super impressed

  • James Sawyer
    James Sawyer 7 days ago

    Would you have saved a lot more having a rolling home so you don't have to go through all the permits and fucking sprinkler?

  • Turbo
    Turbo 7 days ago

    you are a faggot lol

  • Freder Snorlax
    Freder Snorlax 8 days ago

    Your construction methodology is very courageous. I'd like to see a report on the condition and comfort of the home in 1 year and 10 years.

    Good luck!

  • Jman86 Gamertag
    Jman86 Gamertag 8 days ago

    ...and here I was just gonna run a power cord in and pop hole in one corner to put a small ac in.

  • Ramondo
    Ramondo 8 days ago

    i wouldnt have glued the floor ur carpenter done a good job of cutting and stepping on the joins to fit perfect , if u need any extra wireing u can put hidden lift hoops in the seems and in case u change the finnish flooring in the future u can lift the floor and drop more cables if u need them...

  • Bl Ah
    Bl Ah 8 days ago

    Should only have required drywall inside. The container is already a self supporting structure. And requiring a sprinkler system in a family home is just ridiculous. I'm sooo glad I don't live in Ca anymore.

  • Amir Chamma
    Amir Chamma 9 days ago

    Holy moly what a view, great channel

  • Max
    Max 9 days ago +11

    Home Depot: How much spray foam do you need?

    Ben: Yes

    • Bhatt Hole
      Bhatt Hole Day ago

      Auto-pilot comments! Weeeeeee!

  • rmp5s
    rmp5s 10 days ago +1


  • Mr MEMé
    Mr MEMé 11 days ago

    What type of Gas did your Welder Use ????

  • suavilica
    suavilica 12 days ago +2

    I am sorry I don't have patience to read 500+ comments. Curious how much did the each unit cost fully built? Thank you so much!

  • Taiiwo Llort
    Taiiwo Llort 13 days ago

    Hello, in this section of left only audio...

  • Patrick Bates
    Patrick Bates 13 days ago

    Those engineers made you overbuild just to cover their asses. Only in America! You could have built 3 houses with all that material in Mexico.

  • Ken Royall
    Ken Royall 13 days ago

    I'd go with this instead:

  • Msizi Mlu
    Msizi Mlu 14 days ago

    How do I become your mentee?

  • Lyla Grace
    Lyla Grace 15 days ago

    Just wondering Why Someone would Actually Choose to live in a 105* Desert?? Kinda Weird to Me!! Enjoy sweating ur balls off?? Lol Must Be!! Enjoy ur actual "Sweat Shop"!!! Lol

  • Randy Torres
    Randy Torres 16 days ago

    Soooo what happens if a baseball goes through one of your windows?

  • Podular
    Podular 16 days ago

    for prefabricated modular without the hassle - see free delivery

  • Johnny Willis
    Johnny Willis 16 days ago

    I the first episode, you mentioned thoughts on various types of foundations. One thought that comes to mind is similar to the slab. The difference being to set in a ledge to set the container down into, thus creating a fastening point that flashing, or as you used, angle iron with insulation to seal the gaps. The second being how you eradicated the area on top of the container that traps water. How did you deal with that issue?

  • colkestrel
    colkestrel 16 days ago

    You pretty much were forced to build a house inside the container so in the end what is the point of the containers?

  • DesolatorMagic
    DesolatorMagic 16 days ago

    Call me crazy but I would have done like 50% of the work at night. Like literally anything that didn't involve contractors. That's too darn hot!

  • AK The Savage
    AK The Savage 17 days ago

    "Spatter", not Splatter..... lol

  • john bekkers
    john bekkers 18 days ago +2

    I built a 20mt x 20mt house brick and steel 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms theater and family room total cost $125000 in australia

  • john bekkers
    john bekkers 18 days ago

    cheaper and quicker to build a normal frame house

  • Legeta H
    Legeta H 19 days ago

    Noticed you didn't put foam around the elbow on the outside not worried about freezing?

  • Richard Beek
    Richard Beek 19 days ago

    nice work. A 12 meter long container cost about 5000 here in Holland..
    Now I wish I lived in a bigger country because you can hardly do anything here because it's so small.

  • Mike Flint
    Mike Flint 20 days ago

    Best thing to learn here is not to build a shipping container house

  • Alex Prevett
    Alex Prevett 21 day ago

    The biggest thing I saw was that there needed to be strike plates where any electrical or pipes might be so you don't screw or nail into electricity or water later.

  • Lloyd Christmas
    Lloyd Christmas 21 day ago

    Sooooooo much wasted space

  • thomas
    thomas 21 day ago

    Hell man. If you gotta stick frame the whole inside why not just build a wood house. You are using the shipping container for siding only. Whats the advantage? Or are you just an ignorant democrat?

  • Edward Wright
    Edward Wright 22 days ago

    I always thought cost was the reason to go shipping container... But after doing some cad you can build the same thing with timber for a fraction of the price .. am I missing something?

  • Nihal Abbu
    Nihal Abbu 23 days ago

    Shipping Container: $1000
    Permits: $20000

  • Gerald Rodriguez
    Gerald Rodriguez 24 days ago +10

    so pretty much you need 200k for a two container build

  • Dead Eyed Demon
    Dead Eyed Demon 26 days ago

    In California, all vertical structural welds must be welded up, not down... using er70 wire or 7018 rod. And it's a negative on weld thru paint, all welds must be down on clean ground surfaces.

  • Mumpy Gumboo
    Mumpy Gumboo 26 days ago

    Hmmm... the more I look at different building methods and DIY projects, the more I would simply buy a prefab home, and just pour a pad for it. PLOP! Done....
    Great project, though. Really well done. Impressive. Just not my thing, doing all this workie workie.

  • Shawn Crocker
    Shawn Crocker 26 days ago

    Really lovin it! This is some really detailed documenting that other videos iv seen on the same topic don't have. This series really make it clear building a house from shipping containers is really no where close to cheap. It would seem the only savings is the cost of roofing and siding minus the cost of the container?

  • Tuva Hellqvist
    Tuva Hellqvist 27 days ago

    Use spray foam

  • CryptoDaddys
    CryptoDaddys 27 days ago

    so whats the cost for the permits?

  • Cheril Cooper
    Cheril Cooper 27 days ago

    Thank you for your hard work.. You've ran into things.. I've not thought about! 😁😀

  • Cheril Cooper
    Cheril Cooper 27 days ago

    Would it add extra coolness to spray the outside with that Rinhno liner type stuff.. Like the people who live in van's and ambulance's converted into home's?

    • Cheril Cooper
      Cheril Cooper 25 days ago

      @Lawn Bear Makes sense.. I would try the south side of the house first and see if I could see a difference before I did the whole house... Let me know.. I'm trying to think of new things also!😊😊

    • Lawn Bear
      Lawn Bear 25 days ago +1

      I thought the same. I think you could texture it to look like stucco. 👍

  • Shrey Dip Bhandari
    Shrey Dip Bhandari 28 days ago

    What to do if paint comes off the container and rust acts in

  • jay_615
    jay_615 29 days ago

    This is satisfying to watch even dough I cant afford it

  • Shekhar Moona
    Shekhar Moona 29 days ago

    Glad you blocked those holes. The first thing I thought was rattle snakes. If you get snakes during this project please post them.

  • Slowmo
    Slowmo Month ago

    Great! Now do it in the state with the most lax building codes..

  • Dennis G.
    Dennis G. Month ago +1

    I just want to know if this, on a less grand scale, is more cost effective than building a house.

    • eri
      eri Month ago

      If you don't do it in California, it might be.

  • Kevin P
    Kevin P Month ago +1

    Looks like a buffet for termites. LOL

  • kululv
    kululv Month ago

    I still see light coming through the framing around the windows! could you foam that later?

  • Wes Johnston
    Wes Johnston Month ago

    Did you pull the 2x4 wall studs off the outside steel to stop thermal bridging?

  • coolvids95
    coolvids95 Month ago

    I don't get why people would build using containers since they end up having to make a frame anyway. Plus the dimensional constraints from the containers is a big NO for me. Also, for people complaining about the prices in California, I agree 100 percent with you guys and I live here.

  • Yayan Suryana
    Yayan Suryana Month ago

    Sya mau membuat rumah yg serupa kira2 membutuhkan biaya berapa??

  • James Little
    James Little Month ago

    This would be really cool if you used 3 of the long containers setup in an "U" configuration with the arms pointing east. It would leave a small courtyard that with the help of an awning/screen would be protected from the afternoon sun.

  • poulp34
    poulp34 Month ago

    Nice to share that with youtube, but next time make your self a real house, it will be cheaper and less tirering !
    You americans are the best to waste time, money and pollute so much for nothing !
    But still, thanks for sharing, everybody now knows what not to do with a shipping container !

  • Chris OConnor
    Chris OConnor Month ago

    is the show narrated by someone else?

  • William Shepherd
    William Shepherd Month ago

    This is a great channel and so happy I came across it! It give me my fix for tiny home living, answers questions about how much certain situations would cost, what’s allowed or not with some building situations you may come across, and prob my favorite how much, which ones, and one that work better tool wises!! Bonus is seeing the auto CAD type design work kudos One stop shop for your EVERY NEED!!! #NEEDMOREEPISODES LOL Can’t wait to see what’s next and what you do to work yourself around it

  • Writer B.L. Alley
    Writer B.L. Alley Month ago

    I wish drywallers would go back to cut-and-measure rather than use spiral saws for cutouts.

    Even in dry areas caulk should only be the first line of defense again water penetration, not the only one.

  • Charles Gill
    Charles Gill Month ago

    Thanks for all the effort, but why finish inside insulation with 2x4 + insulation + plywood + gypse over the container, this is a a conventionnal house? You could build a wooden square, cover it with plywood and have the same result. Then you can put a layer of corregulated steel for the outside skin. Would it be cheaper than a container? Maybe not, but you have more freedom in design? Is it that you save on the roof?

  • Adam Ali
    Adam Ali Month ago

    Amaizing job

  • Grothag
    Grothag Month ago

    Wow, those dudes at the end are fast. They don't mess around.

  • Alan Pattee
    Alan Pattee Month ago

    you mean drywall??? 14:02

  • benevolent dictator

    Proving that there is no advantage to using a shipping container vs traditional construction as a structure to live in. Unless your need a Faraday cage, no windows, to block out G5.

  • From a Shadow
    From a Shadow Month ago

    In CA by the time the structural engineers are done with it the shipping container walls are really nothing more than glorified siding. All the materials needed for a wood framed structure are still required, the strength of the container walls are simply ignored.

  • Cobra-Emperor6 StarWars66

    it takes 4 to 5 days to apply the mud because you have to put on a few coats and sand down

  • Gf
    Gf Month ago

    death cage of outgassing is what i call this design

  • Big guyser
    Big guyser Month ago +1

    Great video, great explanation , really good project .... But I don't think I will build using shipping containers.
    It seems that you have to pay twice for everything ..... Once for the container then again for structural framing ,cladding and flooring.
    I going with 2nd hand steel ibeam for a frame (1/4 cost of new) & concrete pier foundation.
    I have already bought my steel.... Maybe I will post my project on RUclip for a comparison to your approach...
    Good luck with your house, I think it will turn out quite nice.

  • Alexandre Campos
    Alexandre Campos Month ago

    Com esse vídeo tirei minhas dúvidas em relação aos montante das janelas e gostei do modelo das portas maiores, vou colar uma dessas na house cube, very good!

  • leons the best
    leons the best Month ago

    I like these vids bc I like building lol I like this stugg

  • robert bye
    robert bye Month ago

    patent # 9340945 Bob @ 660-489-2345 business op

  • Bryan
    Bryan Month ago

    I’ve got to say, this is amazing! Great idea by creating a home building RUclip Channel. 💪🏼