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Updated: Dec 5, 2020

2015 - 2019

Try to get funding. Just try, I dare you. Go to your normal bank and tell them you want to build a home out of shipping containers.

I think we tried at least nine local and national banks. None of them would work with us. Some of them wanted to work with us, but the higher-ups shot the project down. No one was interested in a project that was considered unconventional and a gamble for resale, no matter how great our credit was/is and how little debt we have. The worst part was that each financial institution took their sweet ass time getting back to us so we would sit waiting for months, just to end up getting turned down.

We ended up learning that we could no longer approach these banks asking for a construction loan for a container home, we started asking for a construction loan for a pre-fabricated steel-structured home. Once we tried that we got further, but once it came down to it, 5+ months later, they ended up turning us down too. ​

Jason refused to give up and ended up finding the lenders we are using today, which specializes in "common-sense loans." FINALLY!

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

2015 - 2020

Work with engineers and contractors to establish building costs. It took us a while to find the right contractor and subcontractors to give us estimates. It took a couple of years just to find the right concrete subcontractor. And it also took us a while because we welcomed two new members to our family in 2015, which definitely set us back. But luckily, they've been worth it ;)

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

05 / 27 / 2015

Find a property and redesign the house to fit the site. Might be recommended to find the property first, but you know, we like to do things differently.

Luckily the house didn't require many changes to fit the site, a simple mirroring of the entire house did the trick.


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