Reduce, reuse, recycle: Drake, Sask man turns old shipping container into new home
The home combines two shipping containers to a total of 540 square feet.
When some people see shipping containers, they think of metal bins that hold garbage from home renovations. Not Ian Schmidt though—when he looks at shipping containers, he sees a potential home.
There is an environmental reason behind why he's put 500 hours into building the shipping container home and dreams of being able to build homes for others on a full-time basis.
"It's not really the aspect of saving money, it's more of that you're recycling a shipping container to begin with because there's a huge thing about metal waste and stuff and how they got brought to Canada and America and they just get left here, so it's a way of using them," Schmidt said.
'I've been kind of just figuring this out as I go'
Still, he said the process of hauling in the first 24.2 metre container and the second 12.2 metre container and getting started presented a lot of challenges.
"Dealing with metal has been like a whole new battlefield for me. And cutting it apart and stuff, it was tricky but once you do it once you kind of learn from mistakes you make," he said.
"I"ve been kind of just figuring this out as I go," he said.
He has nearly finished the bedroom of the home and has been living there about three-quarters of the time. Plumbing is not yet finished but luckily Schmidt's new home is located on his parents' farm property so he's able to use their house when needed.
Shipping container housing makes less sense in cities, carpenter says
The city of Moose Jaw recently proposed a bylaw that would prohibit people from living in shipping containers and also keep the containers from being stacked.
Schmidt said shipping container homes the same size as his are less likely to see in the city since they're so small. He sees them more as a guest home or lake property.
"But once you start getting into the aspect of building a larger one you can use traditional house framing combined with shipping containers and you would never be able to tell on the exterior of a home that there's even shipping containers involved in it," he said.
He expects the home to be complete by the fall.