Looking southeast over the farm field

Looking southeast over the farm field with the old hunting shack

It’s about time I got around to talking about my new cabin – I’ve only been planning and working on it for over a year now.  I’ve had a beautiful 40 acres of farmland and woods in Northern Wisconsin closing in on 20 years now, and have never really done much with it.  I’ve used it mostly for hunting over the years, but I have always wanted to use it for more than that.  What’s kept me from that is not having a decent place to stay, especially for my wife.

The hunting shack that I built long ago has not aged so well, but it did keep me warm and dry during many a deer season in Wisconsin.  I had always planned on building a better cabin, but something always got in the way – jobs, kids, money, etc.  By the time I was actually ready to do something, I ran into a bigger problem – break-ins and theft.  The last straw was a couple of years ago when someone broke into my cabin and almost burned it down.  They decided to hang a kerosene lantern from the ceiling, and somehow it got out of control and started the ceiling on fire.  Fortunately I had a fire extinguisher in the cabin, and whoever broke in had the decency to put out the fire out – thanks.

I then did what any self respecting computer programmer would do – search the Internet to find a solution.  There were lots of interesting ideas out there ranging from underground houses to monolithic domes, but the one that really intrigued me was the idea of using shipping containers for construction.  What interested me the most about these containers were the large metal doors that could be securely closed to the elements, and vandals.

In the months to come, I will try to share all that I have thought about and learned through this process.  Hopefully it will help others who are thinking about building with shipping containers.

3 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. Thomas Lesnieski


    I truly do appreciate your willingness to share your experiences in building your container cabin. I am currently stationed in Afghanistan and live in what we call “Legoland” which is a couple hundred one man rooms, 8×10, made from shipping comtainers. Having lived in a container on a daily basis for months on end, I was intriqued by your website and have become hooked. Hopefully I will be able to convince my wife to agree to a North Georgia Mountain Tin Can Cabin! You have given me a great escape by being able to plan out my cabin armed with some terrific and detailed information from your website. Thanks for giving all of us interested in building a container cabin a insightful look into all that it takes to be successful in building one out. Take care and hope to send you some of my pictures when I come back!

    Tom Lesnieski
    LTC, US Army

    1. Fred

      LTC Lesnieski, thanks for your service!! I remember sitting in the Saudi desert during Desert Shield/Storm day dreaming about projects I was going to do when I got back to the world. Really helped to mentally escape occasionally. Come home safe and good luck with your cabin build when you get back. Fred

  2. Murray Weeks

    Thank you for your website & blog. It has a weath of inspiration, ideas & information.
    I have started a similar project myself, only in a more urban location. I would like to return the favour that yourself and many others have done by documenting my progress for anyone interested, so I have started a blog at
    It is (unfortunately) well behind the actual building process – spare time spent building, not playing with computers – but I will try to rectify that soon, with lots of photos.
    First containers (3x 40′ hi-cubes) were placed today……..seems to have taken sooooo long to get this far, but finally some REAL progress.
    Thanks. Murray


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