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Will Breaux, Proud Owner of This Shipping Container House

 Home is where the heart, the hat and all things safe and warm are. This is the extraordinary story of a man named Will Breaux, an ingenious designer who found a new and interesting way of building a house, using a material that is fireproof, storm-resistant and thoroughly strong and sturdy: shipping containers. Breaux, who has been looking to build a home of his own for some years now, struggled to find a builder to help him bring his dream home to life. So, despite not being familiar with building or architecture himself, with the help of an engineer, a few locals, and 11 massive shipping containers, this man made his dream come true. Join us on a journey through the construction of this homely masterpiece!     

 

1. The building plan 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, graphic image of the house plan

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)  

 

2. The plan was to turn this plot of land...

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, plain plot of land with grass

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

3. ... into this:

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, completely constructed shipping container house

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

4. After receiving approval for the structural layout plans of the building from the city council, the plot was made ready for construction 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, plot of land with no grass ready for construction

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

5. First, a series of holes were dug in the ground

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, plot of land with square shaped holes dug and construction equipment

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

6. Within which large piers were created with wood and cement

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, wooden box filled with cement 

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

7. The wood held the bolts of the piers in place until the cement hardened, locking the steel top plates into place as well, completing the structure 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, plot of land covered in cement and cement box piers spread across

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

8. These piers were used as a base for the containers 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, large shipping container in the air next to container placed on the cement piers

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

9. Using a crane, the containers were shifted from the trucks that brought them in onto the piers 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, shipping containers being shifted with a crane

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

10. While the containers could have been assembled in such a way that allowed them to be disassembled at a later time, Breaux chose to have them welded together, the idea, obviously, being that the building remain standing as such for a long time 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, multiple containers stacked and construction workers and welders wearing safety vests beside them

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

11. After an exhausting 12 hour day of moving and welding containers, all eleven containers were placed and welded together according to the plan 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, all 11 shipping containers stacked as per building plan

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

12. Once the containers were in place, Breaux got to work creating the windows and doors for his soon-to-be home 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, windows and doors for the bottom containers while still in construction

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

13. Most of the frames were built solely by Breaux himself 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, inner view of the doors and windows of the containers while in the middle of construction

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

14. Following that, the necessary permits were again sought and construction on the interior and stairs began 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, steps at the bottom of the lowest containers

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, long staircase within the floors of the shipping container home

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

15. Finally, the interior of the house was completed, including the reinforcement of the staircases, bathroom, and kitchen 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, white marble bathroom with sink and toilet

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, long staircase in the shipping container house

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, partially constructed kitchen

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

16. With some final touches, such as lighting, furnishing and interior decor, Will’s dream is ready to be a home! 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, lights and electrical wiring in construction

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, Semi-constructed and decorated living room

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, bedroom in the ship container house

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, view of the house, signs and lighting of the ship container house from outside

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, completed outside view of the ship container house

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

17. Will has now been happily living in his container home for a number of months, which he continues to work on and make additions to, and which continues to be the focus of much fascination from many people

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, completed living room of the house with dog on the sofa

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, completed kitchen of the house, with shelves and utensils

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, small aviary in the shipping container house with live parrots

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux

 

18. Home Sweet Home! 

Will Breaux builds a house out of Eleven Shipping Containers, entrance to a doorway with blue paint and blue lighting that reads "it was all a dream"

(Photograph courtesy of Will Breaux)

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