Canadian man who built self-sufficient home in the woods from $3,400 shipping containers puts it up for sale for $58,000

The Canadian man who built a beautiful home inside three shipping containers in the woods is hoping to sell his creation for someone else to enjoy.

Joseph Dupuis, 30, researches renewable energy research at Algonquin College in Ottawa and built his cabin roughly 35 miles west of the city with shipping containers from Asia.

The engineer and entrepreneur bought the containers that brought goods to North America for $3,400 Canadian each, and has fashioned them into a self-sustaining home on a plot of land owned by his family.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    His actions look nice but his ambitious to money , make him too materialist which it doesn’t make sense at all .

    • DD_Austin

      He doesn’t mention the cost of shipping the shipping crates into the woods,
      $$$$ building the power and water supply for it $$$ or that asian crap he
      put in it ¢¢¢ , Nice bathroom, what is it the original shit and shower?

      He is going to lose money, a lot of money not make it

      it’s an eyesore he wants to dump, because it belongs in the dump and his
      family is pissed off with idiot boy for building it. It’s cheaper to sell it than raising it to the ground and building say… a log cabin

      • I wondered the same thing.

        I’m intrigued that people can make such houses but they’re not going to sell big time. They’re not wholly practical. One might think it’s quite the experience to spend a night in a capsule hotel but one certainly isn’t going to live there.

        Or a trend house for that matter.

      • lolwut?

        A lot of these “Micro” and portable homes are a scam.

        You could buy a trailer home or used construction site style building for less.

        If you research a lot of the people claiming to live in those micro homes on trailers, it usually turns out they live in a real house in the winter. It’s all bullshit posing by hipsters with fuzzy math skills

  • the floor is made of wood. and the stove burns wood.
    seems like he wants to cut down tree’s. instead of using a computer i bet he writes on paper. he is a tree killer.

  • El Martyachi


  • simus1

    Given the upcoming financial meltdown, the price of shipping containers will be based on auction prices and compliance with building codes will be cloudy.

    • Shippingville Ontario – an unplanned community, just down the road from Container Town.

      • JoKeR

        But uptown from the Corrugated Cardboard Country Homes!

        • andycanuck

          We used to dream of living in Corrugated Cardboard Country Homes! Luxury.

  • Dana Garcia

    Those shipping containers are a great starting point for a handy person willing to put in some effort.

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

      A seemingly infinite amount of ideas.

      Cool article.

    • Thanks neat stuff.

    • lolwut?

      Depends on where you live, those containers will need to a lot of work (Money) if you live in a place with hot humid summers and cold winters.

      It’s a great deal if you live in a place like Arizona or Hawaii.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Cool idea and house.

    Though I wonder why the guy didn’t come up with a rainwater collection system.

    Needing to bum water off your neighbour has to be a bit of a pride killer.
    (Bob Vila would probably sooner shoot himself than ask his neighbours for water.)

  • Exile1981

    Unless he added an exterior roof those containers have no insulation. Not very nice in the winter or summer.

    • Petey the First

      And near Ottawa.

    • I believe he did add insulation, you could not live in there otherwise.

      • Exile1981

        I went to the article. The interior is the original currogated metal and the outside is flat with a peaked frame holding solar panels on one. If he added its spray insulation on top and no more than a couple inches… so very low r factor.

  • Frances

    Real self-sustaining is finding a home and staying there, not moving onward and upward every few years to a new, fancier place.

  • Edubeat

    Of course he will have to move to another country to become an engineering success b/c our federal government doesn’t want to recognize his genius and award him an R/D grant to improve upon his first model home

    • DD_Austin

      Are the banks lining up to see him? there is more suck than success here

      Let him move, we don’t need another R&D grant government sponger
      also this is not “engineering” there is no special knowledge involved

      • FactsWillOut

        Rest assured he had to pay the state to be allowed to live in them, not the other way around.

  • Edubeat

    Of course he will have to move to another country to become an engineering success b/c our federal government doesn’t want to recognize his genius and award him an R/D grant to improve upon his first model home

    • El Martyachi

      I was thinking he may be raped by the building permit people as a result of this article. Though his apparent green hipsterness could save his ass.

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  • Frances

    Now, if he’d drilled a well and had a good old-fashioned pump at the sink, THAT would be self-sustaining.

  • Land is actually the most expensive thing when purchasing a house.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Wouldn’t you have a hard time getting this past the zoning people if you put it in an average Canadian suburb?
    As it is, it looks like an excellent idea for a lake cottage.
    And being modular, you could easily expand it.

    • Maggat

      Municipalities hate them as they are temporary and not subject to regs or taxes.

  • Maggat

    I’ve converted three 20 footers into semi mobile work shops. Nothing as grand as what this man has done. His work does show the extreme versatility of “C” cans.
    I have one on my property now, however it is used only for storage. Several of my neighbours have added on to them with lean to type of structures to increase their square footage under cover, with peaked roofs these look quite nice and fit in well.

  • Zaba

    Shipping container homes are popping up.
    A couple sets in Israel.

    His ‘profit’ is very modest considering all the other associated costs.
    The new owner can easily ‘room off’ the shower/bathroom.