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Do you have any information or suggestions regarding converting steel shipping containers into a house?  I have recently learned that such containers are being stockpiled all over the country and I believe they would be an excellent framework for a house.  Also, how would you go about securing financing for such a project?

Hello, Lynn

I don't have a lot of knowledge about the process of converting shipping containers to residential applications, but there is an excellent website forum that has all the info you're looking for. There are discussions there pertaining to design, locating containers, cost and financing.  Below is the link, and the posters there list several other sites that will be helpful. Good luck!


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Lemelia Bonner


New Home Consultant specializing in alternative building/purchasing methods. Expertise in all types of building systems, incl. but not limited to: modular, post & beam, panelized, dome, solar, experimental. Good familiarity with products, quality, processes and service of all leading manufacturers. Can also assist with locating specialized lenders, reputable owner-builder programs and affordable custom design services. For more on modular home design, visit the expert`s website at

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