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Man Turned These Old Shipping Containers Into His Dream Home

By Karly Carpena
August 17, 2016

Home Built Of 3 Shipping Containers Costing $3,400 Each! Joseph Dupuis’s home sits near Ottawa, Canada, in a scenic woodland lot his parents own. His construction with old shipping containers and solar panels began in 2012, and its costs are so low he says, his “most expensive bill is now his phone.”


The 29 year-old engineer who does renewable energy research at Algonquin College in Ottawa, hopes to share how he built his home with others, “especially young people with debt.” At the same time he mentions, “It’s like a giant science experiment so I’m observing and making modifications.”


The renewable energy researcher spent three months, working up to 14 hours a day to build the home that’s supplied with heating and cooling. How much did he spend in total to make it? Dupuis says, “less than $20,000.” Wow!


The home would be considered what’s known today as a Tiny Home at 355 square feet of interior space, but amazingly it’s very spacious and bright.


Dupuis fitted the home with heated floors and a chamber to run water that he gets supplied from his neighbor, this keeps the floors toasty at 59 Fahrenheit during snowy days. Additionally there’s supplemental heating from a wood stove.


At the moment the researcher who also owns a business in engineering, has moved closer to Ottawa. While he’s gone he keeps his home safe by closing it up as an original shipping container, isn’t that cool?


Dupuis soon has plans to add a fourth container on top of his home so that he can build an upstairs bedroom with a view of the stars. The engineer says, “When I’m done with it, it will blow people’s minds.”