DIY Shipping Container Cabin Kits

Sea Container Cabin is inspiring a growing number of shipping container cabin enthusiasts across Canada and around the world. We offer the following products and services to help others develop their own shipping container cabins, cottages, homes or buildings.

  1. Building with Shipping Containers – 2h Private Session with Jason Rioux. This is what everyone keeps asking us for. A 1-on-1 session outlining design and construction tips and techniques for building with shipping containers. This session provides clients with the “must-have” understanding of design and construction considerations unique to working with steel shipping containers.  This is the foundation of research and development upon which to create your own creative residence from recycled steel shipping containers.  The session covers details of key elements outlined in the Checklist above, and will save clients hundreds of hours in completing their own research and development. And we’ll share all the Q&As others before you have asked who have already started the process of building their own container projects. 2h Private Consultation Session is $300 + HST.  BUY NOW
  2. Octopod Construction Plans. Includes the full set of construction plans for the Octopod. This product is intended for DIY shipping container cabin clients that would like to build their own Octopod. The first Octopod project is fully constructed in Canada and serves as a demonstration facility for proof of concept and viewing by clients and customers. Site specific design review (such as foundations) and custom design changes are available upon request under Consulting Services. Octopod Construction Plans are available for $1000 + HST.  BUY NOW
  3. Octopod Materials Kit. Contains all the major construction materials required to build the Octopod. We source all the containers and construction materials, pack the containers with the construction materials, and ship the containers to your construction site, anywhere in the world.  Once the Kit arrives at your site, you are responsible for your own assembly and finishing of the Octopod. The Kit does not include concrete foundations or spray foam insulation which must be sourced and installed locally. Pricing of the Octopod Materials Kit is available upon request.
  4. Consulting Services. We provide consulting services on design, engineering, permitting, procurement, and construction of shipping container projects.  Whether it be expert advice, site specific Octopod design modifications, or full design and engineering of your own custom sea container home, it is based on your specific needs. Contact us for more information.





  1. If there’s anything you’d like to see in this kit, please add a comment and let us know.

    • Do you have a design for the octopod using 40 foot high cube containers? Is it possible to design an octopod using 14 40 foot containers?

      • Jason Rioux says:

        Maurice, thanks for your questions. Yes it is certainly possible to
        configure the same design with 40′ HCs, but it will make for a very large
        diameter structure (over 100′ round), and a very large roof structure if
        covering the wedges. We will email you directly should you have any further design questions.

  2. Quick question: What is the square footage of this project?

  3. Lori edlund says:

    I would be interested in any and all info you can get me. My husband is a construction welder and we are thinking of something unique to build on property possibly in B.C. or where we reside and work now in Alberta ,Edmonton to be exact. Thank you for any help you can get me

    • Hi Lori, thanks for reaching out. We will put you on the waiting list for the DIY kit once it is available. Please review the table of contents and feel free to request any additional materials that you would find useful to be included in the package. As we progress with the Octopod project, more and more Lessons Learned type advice and material will be included in the DIY kit. We also have our design and engineering team available for consulting advice when you are ready to get your own project kicked off.

      Design. Permit. Construct. Experience.


  4. This is the only time I’ve been to your site. Thank you for providing more

    • We’re happy to. If you have anything in specific you’re interested in, feel free to let us know. We have lots of content to share and thrilled you’re finding our information useful.

  5. About how much would it cost to make a 5 bedroom 2 bath house using this method?

  6. Hi.
    My name is Paul LeBlanc, owner of “” distributor and conversion company of all sea containers for the province of Ontario. We have had so many clients that have failed trying to do what you seem to have had success with; the Building Code! Look forward to reading more here and will offer anyone help in providing sales and delivery of containers, home grade, to any of these projects! Cheers

    • Jason Rioux says:

      Hi Paul, your comment got lost in digital land. Just approved your post. You are right, the Building Code must be respected and navigated, or you will never get a permit. There might be a few learnings on this site for some of your customers. Cheers.

  7. Love the design and everything about this structure.
    Do you insulate the floors of the shipping containers ? If they are on piers I’d assume you would have to do this. Also how is the interior plywood attached to the insulated spray foam walls? Do you screw directly through the spray foam and into the shipping container?

    • Jason Rioux says:

      Hi Greg, thanks for the feedback. Yes we insulate the floors in the containers. As for the walls, a low profile steel stud system was installed before spray foaming, which assists with running wiring, and most importantly provides a square and true attachment point for the wall covering, be it plywood or drywall. Key is to ensure there is a good “thermal break” in constructing with steel, otherwise you will have frost and condensation in the winter. If you drive a screw through the containers, it will draw the cold through to the inside, and plus will be sharp and not look good if it is protruding to the outside. Hope this helps.

  8. This design is spectacular! You most certainly know
    how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos,
    I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Great job.
    I really loved what you had to say, and more than that,
    how you presented it. Too cool!

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