New or Used Shipping Containers Can Be Used for Different Applications
New or Used Shipping Containers Can Be Used for Different Applications


I want one! Don’t you?

It all started several years ago, when I was asked to help outfit a couple shipping container units for a remote office as well as sleeping quarters for an energy company. Then, someone told me these could also be turned into homes. That’s when my curiosity was piqued!


My entire adult life has been dedicated to building large, beautiful custom homes. It took years to learn how to craft beautiful things out of wood. I’ve had a passion for building and creating from the time I snapped my first Lego set together. Since then, I’ve enjoyed a successful career as a woodworker and carpenter.


Over the years, I’ve worked on the interior of several hundred homes, using my trained and experienced eye for space and dimension. For a while, I’ve pondered on the potential of shipping containers and where this road could take us. I saw some really interesting possibilities while working on these office units. Currently, I’ve spoken with enough people to know that there are many interested in the concept. It’s not just me! It’s time to do something about it.


There are all kinds of possibilities of what one can do with shipping containers. They are cheap, engineered for strength, stackable and extremely versatile. Here are a few examples of how people re-purpose their shipping containers:

  • Custom Homes
  • Storage
  • Business
  • Greenhouses, Nurseries and Farming
  • Theaters and Bistros
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • Workshops
  • Emergency Hospitals
  • Portable Toilets
  • Garages and Carports
  • Vacation Homes and Campers
  • Saunas
  • Cafes
  • Disaster Shelters

So, here goes. I’d like to introduce myself to you. My name is Bret Chestnut. I’m going to build a shipping container home to live in. As you’ve read above, I am a lot of things and now I suppose I’m also a blogger! I’ll be sharing the project with everyone here, adding a lot of pictures, taking some video and telling a lot of stories about this journey. I’ve run a few different types of businesses and I have taken on all sorts of projects. Some successes… and I’ve had my fair share of train wrecks! There’s a few key things I’ve learned that one needs before a project like this: Research, planning, funding, preparation….mostly, you need some crazy and a lot of caffeine!

Container pictures

The shipping container gets dropped soon! Stay tuned. There will be much more to come as I continue this journey with all of you.

Oooooooh yeeeaaah!