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WELCOME TO THE RITTER RETREAT

So you are either interested in building a container home yourself, or you are just curious about what the Ritter-Lopatowski's are up to these days. Long story short, we are finally and officially building our home out of shipping containers. After first coming up with the idea seven years ago, we are very excited to share with the world the process that we've gone through to get where we are now. We are definitely not the first to do this, hell, there are shows on HGTV and Hulu all about it, but even with all of the shows and information out there on container homes we still had, and have so many questions. This has been a huge learning experience for us and maybe we can help inspire some others to use alternative building construction methods for their homes.

 

To answer some frequent questions upfront...

 

  1. No, we are not building a "tiny house," if anything, during this COVID-19 pandemic we've learned that we need our own spaces! We will be using seven used shipping containers sourced from thousands that are sitting unused in Tacoma, WA. 

  2. No, we are not saving a ton of money by using shipping containers instead of stick-frame construction. We quickly came to the conclusion years ago that this wasn't going to save us money. Perhaps if you live in a warmer and dryer climate it'll save you money, but not here in the Pacific Northwest. One word - steel.

  3. Why shipping containers? Well, there are multiple answers to that question, but one reason is the simple motto, "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle." 

We hope you enjoy reading about our process and the steps we've taken thus far. We still have a lot to do, and a lot more to learn, but cheers to getting this far! Questions? Reach out to us using the form at the bottom of this page.

OUR PROCESS

01

2013

Have a very ambitious dream. Think of the most asinine way to build a house and go!

02

01  /  09  /  2014

Construct paper containers. Proceed to stack in countless orientations. Develop into plans.

03

05  /  27  /  2015

Find property and redesign house to fit site. Might be recommended to find the property first.

04

2015  -  2020

Work with engineers and contractors to establish building cost.

05

2015  -  2019

Try to get funding.

06

01  /  29  /  2020

Once we knew we had secured funding we invested in submitting for building permit.

07

06  /  17  /  2020

Meet with contractor and formulate construction plan and schedule.

08

06  /  26  /  2020

Begin site work.

09

07  /  14  /  2020

Begin construction.

10

07  /  28  /  2020

Pick out the shipping containers!

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08  /  25  /  2020

Let the container cutting begin!

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09  /  14  /  2020

After some delays, we finally started pouring some concrete!

13

09  /  18  /  2020

Play with some lego-type building blocks for the stem wall construction.

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10  /  08  /  2020

Pour concrete for stem walls and we are in the final countdown for containers!

15

10  /  19  /  2020

Holy sh*t! In a turn of events, the first containers are delivered to the site!

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10  /  26  /  2020

Crane on site and all seven containers are placed on the stem walls!

Follow along for more information as this project progresses!