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Shipping Container Hunting Cabin - Tour, Tips, & COST

Ever been tempted to do something cool with a shipping container? Matt Risinger, master builder, gives us a tour of the family's 45-ft. shipping container, converted into a rustic but functional hunting cabin.On the outside, there's 500-gallon water storage, a pump, and the shipping container. There's a septic system with a tank buried. The roof has a small pitch and is galvanized, so it sheds the sun's rays, efficient for cooling. There was also a leak before the roof went on, but now it's no longer a problem. There is also a barn with a refrigerator inside for game. Since this is an area where there are a lot of people walking across the border, there are bars on windows for protection for the property and house. There are also steel door protectors with double-sided deadbolts. Outside, there's also a fire pit and a grill, a great place to gather. Inside, there's a bedroom space. There are two heat pumps one on each end to provide heating and cooling. There are inexpensive bunk beds. Walls are 3/8 v-groove plywood and are studded out with 2 x on the flat and insultation is between the studs, providing space to run electrical. Leaving the bunk-bed area, there's storage, a toilet which goes to a septic system and even a shower. There are shutoff valves for the shower and a drain to drain out the plumbing. A tiny kitchen includes an apartment-size range and oven, a small countertop space, a Keurig and a spot for a microwave. Pantry shelves and a small refrigerator/freezer, sink, electric panel, medicine cabinet, and eating space. The master bedroom has a double bed, two windows and a small storage space. Building a shipping-container cabin can be a money saver. This one was purchased for $15,000 12 years ago. A basic shell can be had for between $4,000 to $5,000 and outfitting the inside can be done for $10,000 if you do it yourself, more if you hire labor. The paneling in this unit was stapled on with a finished stable. Consider using a trim-head screw which would allow you to pop off a panel when needed. Insulating on the outside would also make a big difference in comfort. The container can be put up to have a crawl space below, which can also be insulated.