Guias e Estilo

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

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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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
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  1. The Modern Home Project

    The Modern Home Project

    Mês atrás

    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

    • Josh Hillary

      Josh Hillary

      7 minutos atrás

      Can you give an estimated time as to when the next episodes will be relesased?

    • Clw Clwh

      Clw Clwh

      5 dias atrás

      +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 dias atrás

      +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 dias atrás

      Building codes in California are ridiculous.

    • twychopen22


      16 dias atrás

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

  2. Payy Alim

    Payy Alim

    13 horas atrás

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

  3. RobGordon35


    21 hora atrás

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

  4. Charles Martin

    Charles Martin

    23 horas atrás

    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. Michael

  5. Ghost Z

    Ghost Z

    Dia atrás

    So how much did all cost

  6. Michael Esquivel

    Michael Esquivel

    Dia atrás

    When’s the next episode?

  7. Rahul C

    Rahul C

    Dia atrás

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

  8. RinnyDale


    2 dias atrás

    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 👍🏻👍🏻 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻



    2 dias atrás

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

  10. Ace C.

    Ace C.

    3 dias atrás

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

    • Alex Rains

      Alex Rains

      2 dias atrás

      THOW have their own spate of issues.

  11. bengals068


    3 dias atrás

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

  12. Isaac Asimov

    Isaac Asimov

    3 dias atrás

    sweet videos. but grey?

  13. Jamil Gannaban

    Jamil Gannaban

    3 dias atrás

    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.

  14. Phonso


    3 dias atrás

    Where's Episode 4

  15. FazeGaben


    3 dias atrás

    we need the continuation pls :)

  16. Rashad Glover

    Rashad Glover

    3 dias atrás

    These videos are the bomb!!!

  17. WiFiTubeTV


    4 dias atrás

    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.

  18. Julian Alberto Touceda

    Julian Alberto Touceda

    4 dias atrás

    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.

  19. Doctor Doom

    Doctor Doom

    4 dias atrás

    Thank you for giving me lots of ideas.

  20. Platinum CTvS

    Platinum CTvS

    4 dias atrás

    Where is EP04 its been soooo long

  21. Guppypants


    4 dias atrás

    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.

  22. Sabin1981


    4 dias atrás

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

  23. DR Paquette

    DR Paquette

    4 dias atrás

    Awesome video and details.

  24. johann rüstmann

    johann rüstmann

    5 dias atrás

    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.

  25. Seth Miner

    Seth Miner

    5 dias atrás

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

  26. Zo


    6 dias atrás

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

  27. Bobby4D TV

    Bobby4D TV

    6 dias atrás

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

  28. Johnathan Saunders

    Johnathan Saunders

    6 dias atrás

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

  29. MetalGearMk3


    7 dias atrás

    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.

  30. TheOtherBill


    7 dias atrás

    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.

  31. Doyle Williams

    Doyle Williams

    7 dias atrás

    Sitting here waiting on Episode 4 😁😁😁😁

  32. Vincent De Groodt

    Vincent De Groodt

    7 dias atrás

    The long waiting between episodes is killing me 😩

  33. Stanley Banks

    Stanley Banks

    8 dias atrás

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

  34. hernan oñate

    hernan oñate

    8 dias atrás

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

  35. Jamie Jackson

    Jamie Jackson

    9 dias atrás

    3 weeks later and no ep 4

  36. stokestack


    9 dias atrás

    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


      6 dias atrás

      +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 dias atrás

      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.

  37. Dave P.

    Dave P.

    9 dias atrás

    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?

  38. tavish mckenzie

    tavish mckenzie

    10 dias atrás

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

  39. Andy Damiano

    Andy Damiano

    10 dias atrás

    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.

  40. Patricio Appel

    Patricio Appel

    10 dias atrás

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

  41. Citizen Fox

    Citizen Fox

    10 dias atrás

    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.

  42. VicVal


    10 dias atrás

    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

  43. carlcat


    10 dias atrás

    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.

  44. jfly888


    10 dias atrás

    Episode 4 coming soon?

  45. Ahmed


    11 dias atrás

    When is the next video

  46. BeyondWrittenWords


    11 dias atrás

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

  47. Bad Samaritan

    Bad Samaritan

    12 dias atrás

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

  48. Khaerul Jamal

    Khaerul Jamal

    12 dias atrás

    I like this channel. Keep going on your work!

  49. Ocular Shift

    Ocular Shift

    12 dias atrás

    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?

  50. Stefano D'Armini

    Stefano D'Armini

    13 dias atrás

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

  51. Jon Smith

    Jon Smith

    13 dias atrás

    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. 👍

  52. Naveen Anujaya

    Naveen Anujaya

    14 dias atrás

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

  53. Hamdi Alaydi

    Hamdi Alaydi

    14 dias atrás

    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

  54. Alex Kulenkampff

    Alex Kulenkampff

    14 dias atrás

    Nicely done, any cost for the project?

  55. Jeppe Ekvall

    Jeppe Ekvall

    14 dias atrás

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

  56. Nada Whey

    Nada Whey

    14 dias atrás

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

  57. Ricky Farrow

    Ricky Farrow

    15 dias atrás

    Please do a part 4

  58. Mark Black

    Mark Black

    15 dias atrás

    Why am i seeing this?

  59. Kevin Arevalo

    Kevin Arevalo

    15 dias atrás

    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)

  60. Cleber Lirio

    Cleber Lirio

    15 dias atrás

    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.

  61. Avi Ator

    Avi Ator

    15 dias atrás

    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!

  62. Vicent C

    Vicent C

    15 dias atrás

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

  63. Saad Al Jabri

    Saad Al Jabri

    15 dias atrás

    Great job, thank you for sharing

  64. golf del Rey

    golf del Rey

    15 dias atrás

    Great videos,and concept,congrats

  65. Patrick Melson

    Patrick Melson

    15 dias atrás

    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?

  66. Mohammed Abdullah

    Mohammed Abdullah

    15 dias atrás

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

  67. ranjeeth palanisamy

    ranjeeth palanisamy

    15 dias atrás

    im eagerly waiting for the next video

  68. Damon West

    Damon West

    15 dias atrás

    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.

  69. Joy Deb

    Joy Deb

    15 dias atrás

    Episode 4 please...😌😌

  70. Tekka579


    16 dias atrás

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

  71. Salt_


    16 dias atrás

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

  72. McMas


    16 dias atrás

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

  73. King Kasey

    King Kasey

    16 dias atrás

    why dont u fully weld the metal?

  74. 0311 KV

    0311 KV

    16 dias atrás

    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 dias atrás

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

  75. Brandon Harrison

    Brandon Harrison

    16 dias atrás

    voodoo glow skulls t shirt FTW

  76. Michal Treder

    Michal Treder

    16 dias atrás

    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!

  77. paramet


    16 dias atrás


  78. Hollengrhen


    16 dias atrás

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

  79. darf vader

    darf vader

    16 dias atrás

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

  80. Spartance


    16 dias atrás

    Where is next episode dude🤔 I am waiting

    • Ahmed Moustafa

      Ahmed Moustafa

      16 dias atrás

      Soon :D

  81. Fredgast


    17 dias atrás

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

  82. G. K.

    G. K.

    17 dias atrás

    Those doors are epic, never seen bifolding doors like that

  83. AnimaLogain


    17 dias atrás

    So this is how you make a beautiful metal frame inflamable

  84. Garry Collins

    Garry Collins

    17 dias atrás

    Is the container roof sloped for rain run off?

  85. Ned Ryerson

    Ned Ryerson

    17 dias atrás

    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.

  86. Austin Avery

    Austin Avery

    17 dias atrás

    Great video series, very informative

  87. Eduard Burt DC MUAC

    Eduard Burt DC MUAC

    17 dias atrás

    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.

  88. Chuck Brown

    Chuck Brown

    17 dias atrás

    Incredible job on the work and your videos series.

  89. Un Drago

    Un Drago

    17 dias atrás

    How to build a wooden house into a container

  90. Ahamad Ali

    Ahamad Ali

    17 dias atrás

    Hope this series doesn't get cancelled.

  91. Talha Hos

    Talha Hos

    17 dias atrás

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

  92. john marshall

    john marshall

    18 dias atrás

    Buy a foam gun.

  93. david morales

    david morales

    18 dias atrás


  94. Russ Montgomery

    Russ Montgomery

    18 dias atrás

    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.

  95. BIG DIRO


    18 dias atrás

    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.

  96. I am Silver_42

    I am Silver_42

    18 dias atrás

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

  97. Andrew Haynes

    Andrew Haynes

    18 dias atrás

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

  98. Damián "el Salsuero"

    Damián "el Salsuero"

    18 dias atrás

    Episode 4, eh? Right.

  99. Keith Veltkamp

    Keith Veltkamp

    18 dias atrás

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

  100. Aiden Corona

    Aiden Corona

    18 dias atrás

    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?

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