Does this book make the ‘Affordable’ Dream House Become Reality?

Shipping container home

Build A Container Home – Can it really be as easy as this book makes it seem?

Like many people who are looking at creating a unique and affordable home, you may have found that shipping containers are an unusual yet extremely reliable building block for your project. Many people wonder whether building a home out of shipping containers is a good idea… read what this real estate investor thinks about it.

There are products available to guide you step by step through the process of building your own home out of one (or many!) of these containers, and the e-book “Build A Container Home” is one that I’ve spent time researching.  Does this book give you everything you need to know? All my findings are in the following article.

How did it come about?

Warren Thatcher is the man behind this method, and he has spent the last 14 years converting shipping and storage containers into homes that anyone would be envious of.  His guide claims to include ALL of the steps involved in creating such a home from scratch, but with one important ingredient that other resources miss out – safety.    This one aspect is crucial when thinking about creating a space that you would share with family and friends, and the author obviously feels (as I do) that safety is critically important.

What topics are covered?

Stepping through the book, it answers almost every question that you could possibly have on the subject, starting with developing the idea. The book sells itself on the fact that it can answer the questions below, and many more:

What else can I learn from this? 

There’s a lot of information in this book – even if you know about building other kinds of houses, there’s still plenty here to make it worthwhile. Foundations, Layouts, site safety,  building permits, design software and many other topics  are all covered.

What do customers have to say about the product?

    • I’ve checked out a number of reviews of Build A Container Home, and readers have consistently praised the author’s 3D designs which are included as part of the package.  Most of the opinions gathered stated that the instructions are easy to follow, and the guide is the best one-stop resource for information on this building type.
    • Son Lam from Vinamy pointed out that the author is available to answer any questions that readers may have via email, which certainly adds value to the book.
    • Karren W wrote:Lucky I got this guide. I was going about the construction process entirely the wrong way and this has saved me much more than I paid, not to mention the time I’ve saved. I highly recommend this guide.

This all sounds too good to be true – are there any negatives to the guide?

Nothing’s perfect as they say, and if there is anything that lets this guide down, I’d have to say it’s the grammar – a few bits of the book would benefit from being rephrased in better English, but that’s the only fault I have found.  The information in the guide is valuable, well thought out, and even the odd strangely phrased sentence doesn’t affect the outcome.

Where should I buy the guide?

In the course of my research, I’ve come across a number of different sites selling the product at a variety of prices.  The official price for Build A Container Home is $47.  If you come across sites selling this cheaper, then there’s a couple of things you should be aware of:

  • You won’t be getting the 60 day money-back guarantee.  Should you decide that you’re unhappy with the product, unfortunately you’ll be stuck with it.
  • The site is probably selling the product illegally.
  • The author will not be answering a technical questions if you haven’t purchased from an authorised seller.

Satisfaction Guarantee

Money-back guarantee

The official version of Build A Container Home comes with a 60 day guarantee.  If you’re not satisfied with the e-book, simply contact the vendor stating the issue, and they’ll refund your payment in full.  Having been through the guide a few times now, I’d be very surprised if you don’t find the information valuable enough to want to keep it.

The Verdict:

Build A Container Home is certainly the most comprehensive guide available online.  You may be able to find some of the information online, but there isn’t a single source which goes into this kind of detail anywhere that I’ve found.  Some of the topics are completely overlooked by all the other sites that I’ve searched.

Overall, I’d certainly recommend this book as a useful resource for those who are already committed to building a container home, as well as those who are still undecided.


7 thoughts on “Does this book make the ‘Affordable’ Dream House Become Reality?”

  1. SketchUp seems to be the easiest way to go. It’s free if you’re using it for personal stuff, and available from It take a little bit of learning, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty powerful.

  2. The military use these all over the place but they aren’t as pretty as these. They’re strong enough for some rough environments.

  3. We did this a couple of years ago and will soon be doing another on a bigger scale. Getting the right advice is super important but the results can be unbelievable. Taking a metal box and turning it into a home gives new life to something that would otherwise be trash.

    1. I was drawn to this in the first instance because of the low impact a home like this has on the environment. Most of it is already there, ready to go.

  4. Looks good. Does it give advice on building the base? I’m looking at concrete blocks and not sure if this is the way to go,,,

  5. What is the best insulation to use Spray foam?
    Do I need to insulate underneath the container so that the damp don’t raise.

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