Building a Shipping Container Home | EP03 Doors, Windows, and Insulation
The Modern Home Project
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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  • Me And mine
    Me And mine

    I appreciated these vids but realize how much easier it would have been to build these offsite and deliver already done.

  • jeff vanbrielle
    jeff vanbrielle

    I work as a millwright welder and any time I’ve had to weld on that primer I’ve regretted not just prepping it up, welding and then painting.

  • Sloan

    I think you could have used spray foam for all applications, not the stuff in the can but what they use to do a complete house with. It would have been more monolithic and durable not a hodgepodge of various materials and allow thermal bleeding. You then could have used the orginal heavy plywood flooring saving lots of money. the plywood sheeting was just dumb and more of a fire hazzard, then you need a 6500 fire suppression system for no reason. If you could have used sheet rock/cement board with metal studs your interior would have been fire-resistant. Back that with a no-burn foam insulation spray you would have had a tight vapor/water barrier that sealed the steel from rust. The process took up more space in the interior and cost more.

  • Eric Houston
    Eric Houston

    Spray foam is great when the external sheathing is not well sealed, but why bother when that is not an issue, and there will be absolutely no infiltration?


    The flat roofs will cause a problem for you. Sitting water will not take long to rust. Any you better hope you dont have any future issues like a water leak that needs fixing in the walls because it will be impossible to get to.

  • Mike Sloan
    Mike Sloan

    whats the range of temperatures out there?

  • Gustavo Susan
    Gustavo Susan

    you have the most disturbing voice ever!

  • Mountain Views
    Mountain Views

    Weld thru primer is bullshit just so you know for the future you can just use magnet for attaching your weld ground to instead of welding on that extra steal great job thought thumbs up my friends

  • Broadsword

    Be careful with spray foam before it sets as it's carcinogenic.


    After watching this video set, Ive come to the conclusion that Shipping Container Living is for "LITTLE PEOPLE"!

  • OG Message Show
    OG Message Show

    Nice channel

  • Scott Hill
    Scott Hill

    How about showing us how to build a tiny home combining minimal amounts of old 1989 Ford Aerostar vans?

  • Markus Absent
    Markus Absent

    Spray foam insulation comes in bright purple or blue. I'd experiment with finishing the foam itself as a finished item.

  • eric kruse
    eric kruse

    As I watch this I keep wondering what you use to create these 3d cross sections and animations.

  • manuel gonzalez
    manuel gonzalez

    shipping containers are great for building homes ....but the amount of extra building material ?make them cheaper than conventional homes?

  • CDW Engineering
    CDW Engineering

    After watching all 3 episodes I'm really amazed at all the planning and engineering that went into making this house. But, with the amount of the original shipping container you cut away and the amount of conventional construction and material you have to use in addition to non conventional work around you have to employ, I don't quite see the point of the shipping container.

  • Zymondo

    I've been checking out alot of these container home vids... your's is by far the best and most detailed. As for California construction... I'd rather fall into the ocean!

  • Tim datoolman
    Tim datoolman

    You have done a great job on these videos. These containers will be there for 100's of years from now.

  • Aftab Alam
    Aftab Alam

    why didn't you combined those two big containers by cutting its side sheet it would have given you a larger space better living space.all you you to do was to give a big two steel columns as a support.would makes a hell of house out of it.

  • Emanuel Mouratidis
    Emanuel Mouratidis

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i hate spray foam !!!!!!!!!!!!! its so hard to get off your hands !!!!!

  • Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan

    You can get magnetic grounding clamps for welders, it goes in place of the clamp. Or just get a strong magnet off of the internet or local hardware store.

  • Chase Renwick
    Chase Renwick

    At 4:03 I would get the staple out and make that light fixture 14/2 go straight all the way across. You already drilled the hole I just don’t get why you would staple that so much lower. Also it’s looking like the wire is going diagonal instead of running flush against the wall. Maybe you aren’t at that stage yet but the other wires were done perfectly. I also noticed you aren’t wearing steel toes lol.

    • Chase Renwick
      Chase Renwick

      I love the episodes tho I’ve been taking some notes throughout the videos putting it on pause constantly lol. Keep up the great work!

  • barefoot MTB
    barefoot MTB

    So much bullshit on the permitting. Here where I live none of that shit would be needed so for 20 grand I could build this same type house by the way love this floor plan and the overall build thanks.

  • hound dogger
    hound dogger

    You should note that glass needs to be covered while welding weld splatters melt into glass easy

    • Earth Fan
      Earth Fan

      He did...I think in the previous vid when they were doing the big glass piece...

  • German Muller
    German Muller

    are you ussing a FLUX wire? why you welder don't produce slag? or is just normal MIG and i cant see the gas

  • brian kleinkopf
    brian kleinkopf

    when is episode #4 comin out? im waitin too see More!! u Rock!! Nice work Buddy ^5

  • Tyler Bogaard
    Tyler Bogaard

    I do feel like its been stated before, but holy cow no way I'd ever build a house in Cali after seeing this. I can't imagine spending that much extra for fire suppression system in a home. That's just crazy.

  • Shade Davis
    Shade Davis

    Why not use a jig saw....those machines wit the back and forth moving blades for the cutting. I think it would be better than the angle grinder. Also , doesn't all that extra stuff use up space a lot?

  • Francois Choquette
    Francois Choquette

    Have you considered a 40 foot 5th wheel RV instead? For $50k you'd have a real nice one. Jus say'n!

  • David A
    David A

    California: crony-capitalism's paradise.

  • Paolo Sbalchiero
    Paolo Sbalchiero

    he sounds like Joe Swanson from Family Guy

  • Sherry Rees
    Sherry Rees

    I love the concept.... but, I'd have to settle for a travel trailer.

  • Paul Davis
    Paul Davis

    I would have welded two large containers together and removed the wall so I could have more space because the width of these is something I would have a huge problem with if I had to live in something like that permanently.

  • Frank Bonilla
    Frank Bonilla

    Boycott Home Depot.

  • Travis Walden
    Travis Walden

    Seems like this construction would make a maintenance nightmare. Welding, sprayfoam, and glue everywhere.

  • Jason Finch
    Jason Finch

    The best tip was to hire out your drywallers. Those guys are amazing and worth every penny. That is the one thing I refuse to do myself.

  • somethin somethin
    somethin somethin

    I would love to see you take a FLIR camera from Fluke, and see how how the insulation worked. The metal floor braces I would expect to conduct heat. A flir camera set up and timelapse inside and out would be awesome.

  • John Rambo
    John Rambo

    Arm Band tattoo's. Uh huh. Tom Delonge called. He wants his arm band tattoo's back

  • Maya White
    Maya White

    New drinking game: every time he says anything about “learning as we went” take a shot

    • TheHegemon

      No thanks, I choose life.

  • EvolutionIsAFairytale

    I believe the idea of utilizing containers is that it reduces building costs. You bought in the middle of nowhere, paid more in fees than you paid for the dirt and overbuilt for an earthquake that will never happen.

  • JonDeBerg

    I love it. But I am using spray-foam insulation. I've built many homes in my life, and nothing is better than spray-foam. Best R-Factor for the money, plus it tightens up everything. I love the sub flooring you put it.

  • Nathan Slijkhuis
    Nathan Slijkhuis

    why not use glas wool ore stone wool

  • Jeff Priest
    Jeff Priest

    How many cans of great stuff did you use great work though

  • Ti Leit702
    Ti Leit702

    Seems you're killing your interior space studs osb then rock.. wow.. studs paneling and paint would be just fine to me?

  • Lenin Ramos
    Lenin Ramos

    Thanks so much for the info. I really appreciate it.

  • Heap of Fish
    Heap of Fish

    What a waste of time and steel. Too anal. Just do a SIP building and be done with it!

  • perfect freetwoplay
    perfect freetwoplay

    at 4:23 blaming tony.... not cool man not cool lol

  • Ozzy Gtz
    Ozzy Gtz

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

  • Montana Ranger
    Montana Ranger

    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

    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

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

  • Jon Luman
    Jon Luman

    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

    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

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

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  • Bhatt Hole
    Bhatt Hole

    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

    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

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

  • TheLiasas

    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

    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

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

  • Oblivion

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

  • Buc Wheat
    Buc Wheat

    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

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

  • Vitalijus Pirogovas
    Vitalijus Pirogovas

    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

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

    • Ti Leit702
      Ti Leit702

      @Josh California requires it in all new construction... wildfires or you creating a wildfire

    • Josh

      thatjokerperson I’ve never heard of a house needing sprinkler system.

  • Tee K
    Tee K

    need more spray foam

  • AlkalineGamingHD

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

  • AlkalineGamingHD

    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

    ver bad videos io dont see anything fcking clickbait

  • Inner Cynic
    Inner Cynic

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

    • coler154

      reflective insulation needs air gaps in order to work properly.

  • J R
    J R

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

  • melinda3281

    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

      If I'm able to 😐🙂☺️😀

  • Bernard Lam
    Bernard Lam

    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
    Crook County Customs

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

  • Sarah Baby Girl Salvador
    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

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

  • stephen payne
    stephen payne

    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

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

  • James Sawyer
    James Sawyer

    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

    you are a faggot lol

  • Freder Snorlax
    Freder Snorlax

    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

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

  • Ramondo

    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

    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

    Holy moly what a view, great channel

  • Max

    Home Depot: How much spray foam do you need? Ben: Yes

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      Bhatt Hole

      Auto-pilot comments! Weeeeeee!

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  • Mr MEMé
    Mr MEMé

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

  • suavilica

    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

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

  • Patrick Bates
    Patrick Bates

    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

    I'd go with this instead:

  • Msizi Mlu
    Msizi Mlu

    How do I become your mentee?

  • Lyla Grace
    Lyla Grace

    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

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

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  • Johnny Willis
    Johnny Willis

    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

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

  • DesolatorMagic

    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!