In this video we explore and learn how to use shipping containers as strong, durable and mobile building blocks to create amazing structures of all kinds, like a house, addition, office space, or cabin; and we feature a few stunning projects to get you inspired!

Anthony Ruggiero from Storstac Inc. ( showed us around their yard in Toronto, Ontario and took the time to teach us about the ins and outs of building with shipping containers. We’re excited to share the tips and information we learned with you.

Shipping containers come in standard 20 foot and 40 foot lengths, and there are other specialty custom sizes like the 10′, 45′, 48′, 53′ long containers.

Almost all shipping containers are made in China, and can be bought used (after they’ve been used for 10-20 years), or new, which means they’ve one been used once.

Since there are no shipping manifests for used containers to show what was transported in them over the course of their lifetime (it could be anything from clothes to nuclear waste), it’s better to build with a new shipping container that’s only been used once.

They’re made with COR-TEN steel, which is a weathering steel that can withstand harsh weather conditions and elements like salt water because the rust on weathering steel creates a protective patina to keep it strong, whereas rust on mild steel would actually weaken the metal.

While building with shipping containers is not necessarily cheaper than conventional building, it does have advantages because the containers are modular, movable and mobile, durable, and have a unique, modern look.

They can be do it yourself friendly if you’ve worked with steel before, or if you find a company to take care of the steel work for you so you can focus on how to frame it and finish it from the inside.

Let us know what you think of shipping containers as alternative building blocks in the comments!

And if you’re interested in learning more about Storstac and the projects they’ve worked on, check out the links below:



New Old Stock – LA Man Cave

Harlem House Addition in Toronto

Downtown Toronto Container House Extension

Rogers Fan Hub in Toronto

Rogers Shipping Container Fan Hub

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Mat & Danielle


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  1. I'd like to know price too. My husband works in construction and was GIVEN one. We eventually turned it into a BEAUTIFUL shed, covering it with wood siding and installing a wooden patio floor all around.

  2. Shipping containers are great I go to a pony club and we have 2 shipping containers there that are split into three for tack sheds they are really good and hold everything saddles and all the feed there awsome

  3. Shipping containers are the way to go, problem is local and city governments haven't got a clue, they balk at anything that doesn't fit their conventional way of thinking about how a home should look and be built, their rules and regulations are out of date and out of touch with the current realities and problems that people face today. Quite frankly they all need to be fired and replaced with people who are people friendly. Lots of luck with that. It's going to take a civil war to straighten out the mess this country is in.

  4. I'm not sure but ,if anyone else wants to learn about container home floor plans try Sovallo Container Build Fixer (just google it ) ? Ive heard some awesome things about it and my friend got cool results with it.

  5. Neighbors interfering with what you want to your house?
    If it's for safety I'll comply.. But if it's just design they're against then screw them!!
    That's what you get for sooo much freedom, it turns into privilege.

  6. It is not that neighbours do not like the look of it, It is the fact that they paid more than twice of what you are going to pay to live in the same area with the same square footage if not more, Even if you wanted to build a mansion I bet those same neighbours would appose that also lmfao just do things easy and quietly.

  7. interesting points ,if anyone else wants to learn about container home floor plans designs try Corbandy Container Crusher (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my brother in law got cool results with it.

  8. I'm not sure but ,if anyone else wants to discover cargo container house plans try Corbandy Container Crusher (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my m8 got excellent success with it.

  9. Perfect use for containers. When done correctly, they look awesome, just the opposite of what many peoples initial negative thoughts regarding them as homes. they look far better than a similar concrete structure. That so-called man-cave example looks really incredible. cant think of anyone who would accept one of those if offered. They are such a cost effective solution to home building.

  10. “IF YOU’RE INTERESTED” in having your own container home built, kindly send us an email at “” with 10 years of experience we are more than happy to build your new home !

  11. Amazing work… should come to my country Fiji to assist low income earners and way cheaper. I will work on that plan for now for my family home and also a shop to cater for the village.

  12. Lol, I like how some of his points is like he’s trying to talk people out of doing it themselves. Seen a lot of videos with families that have no experience and build a nice container home. Definitely looking into this for my family.

  13. I'm not sure but ,if anyone else trying to find out build a container home try Sovallo Container Build Fixer (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some decent things about it and my buddy got excellent results with it.