Corten Boxes aren’t just for hauling Cargo any more…

If you read the blogs, you know that we teach families to build sustainable, affordable homes out of repurposed ISBUs (Intermodal Steel Building Units). These are  commonly referred to as “Shipping Containers”.

When you normally see them, they’re being jockeyed around by heavy equipment, usually stuffed full of LCD TV sets headed from Walmart, fresh off a production factory floor in Mainland China. However, when WE see them, we see big, solid steel building modules ready and aching to be converted into strong, affordable housing.

Here’s the way we see it;

There’s the world around you and then… there’s your world within it.

Your ISBU home is an extension of you and your family. An ISBU home is one giant assembly made up of sub-assemblies… stuff like “hidden storage areas”, walk-in kitchen pantries, understair storage hidden right out in plain sight, wireless networks built right into your home allowing work wherever you are… pre-wired conveniences in high traffic areas, clever connections tucked out of sight but readily available…

Just because you’re building an “alternative home” doesn’t mean that you end up living in something that looks like it belongs in a Sci-Fi movie.  In our homes you’ll find all the modern conveniences and storage solutions you’d expect from a high quality home, features that all work themselves into your own predefined personal levels (and expectations) of comfort.

You don’t have to be a millionaire to do this. I mean… have you been reading the blog? You don’t HAVE to spend hundreds of dollars a square foot to achieve “Corten Coolness” unless that is, you want to. What you really need is a good design and common sense.

Building has changed a lot in the last half century, Materials have changed dramatically. At your fingertips is a legion of  technology designed to assist you in maintaining your home, easing your out-of-pocket costs and reducing your maintenance to near nothing, compared to the way that “Granddad did it”.

Decades of experience have filled out arsenal with features, tricks, and special touches designed to do a lion’s share of the work for you.

Ultimately, the goal is to create an environment of change,  a path to self reliance and self responsibility that will benefit your family daily.  We want you to participate in lowering your energy usage, strengthening your home, and then… streamlining your savings.

Container Home Consultants crafts each and every ISBU project with thoughtful detail that combines with affordable, sustainable technology, and “aids and conveniences” that transform that series of metal boxes into a home for your family.

America today is going through a “Green Renaissance” (it’s a veritable “roadside tent revival” frenzy out there!)  but it all begins with a growing sense of family, community and social responsibility. When you build a CHC Home, we want your investment in time and effort to demonstrate your support in a changing of consciousness and the global benefits that result from it.

With a special emphasis on environmental friendliness, we place a premium on sustainable technology in the home. This focus has allowed us to help our families build smarter homes, homes that provide greater comfort and convenience for the families that live in them. Many recent advances in evergy efficiency also help you save big money on energy bills.

Just as important are the long term benefits to the planet. As Americans become increasingly conscious of minimizing carbon emissions from their cars and even their aircraft, we aim to significantly reduce our carbon footprint at “ground zero” on the home front.

We hear a lot these days about “Net Zero” homes. We don’t just talk about it, we build them. It starts by building awareness, teaching the techniques that lead to success, and then “practicing what we preach”…  We don’t want your money, we want your soul (Muwahahah!) … dedicated to your family and the global community.

Got ya, huh? 😉

There have been a ton of new readers lately, so over the next several weeks we’re going to talk about the technologies that we incorporate into our ISBU designs.

Stay tuned.

2 comments for “Corten Boxes aren’t just for hauling Cargo any more…

  1. Dennis Prochnow
    September 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Hey folks…I want an ISBU home and I want it now. What can you do to help that along
    I have been planning several hybrid structures using ISBU..Suppose I should by the book but thought I should talk with someone first.

  2. September 17, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Dennis, The book is a great place to start. It does get you pointed in the right direction. After you consume it, you should contact us about sitting down and fleshing out your project. There’s no time like the present. And, with the calendar beating the crap out of us, if you don’t act soon, we’re not going to be able to talk to you until next year.

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