Completed Construction of Sea Container Cabin

In Fall of 2014, we completed construction of Sea Container Cabin model OCTOPOD, our 1400 square foot space project in the outskirts of Toronto, Canada. Here are some images:

Sea Container Cabin Finished Front View

FRONT VIEW: From water’s edge, completed construction of Sea Container Cabin OCTOPOD model, powered by off-grid solar panels.


SOLAR PANELS: Powered by Canadian Solar. This cabin is off-grid using only clean renewable energy.


SAUNA – Material is BC red cedar. Wood fired, constructed in the wedge between two containers with easy access to the water’s edge.


GREAT ROOM: Wood fired stove with in-floor heating.


SEA CONTAINER FLOORS: Wide custom pine tongue and groove boards, stained grey.




What we’ve realized is it’s a bit tough to capture the look and feel of the space without physically walking through the experience yourself. So we’ll take a video to give you a better sense of what it feels like to live in this space. And post some pictures of the final interior decorated by Rebecca Purdy from HGTV’s House of Bryan, Leave it to Bryan and DIY Disaster. If you have any questions regarding this build, or any others we’ve been involved in, please send us a comment or you can always contact us.

Summer progress for the Sea Container Cabin

Construction on the 7 Sea Container Cabin Project has taken off in full steam since our BIG crane day. Time has passed quickly but this is the start to sharing our summer progress with you.

Sea Container Cabin photo timeline:


 The big crane on site to place the shipping containers into position.


Shipping containers cruising in the air to their final positions.


 Placing shipping containers neatly on the pier foundation to form the 7 Sea Container Cabin.


First 4 shipping containers placed into position.



Posts and Beams on site waiting their turn to be resurrected in place.


A surprise visitor watching the progress of our build.


 Post and Beam brackets custom engineered for our project.

Do you need some help vetting ideas for your own Shipping Container Cabin? We can help you traverse this “off the beaten path” type of construction. In fact, if you would like to experience the Sea Container Cabin, we will be booking rentals for those of you who are looking for an off-grid adventure.  Our final inspection has been booked and once the building permit is closed, we can officially say we have built the first permitted cabin of its kind in Ontario.

Some more exciting Sea Container Cabin news:

We are growing! Over the summer, many folks have been walking by a busy downtown Toronto corner wondering what was the newest addition to Scadding Court Community’s Market 707 Business out of the Box (BOB) program could be. We are happy to announce the first public/private partnership with the City of Toronto’s Scadding Court Community Centre BOB program. Our new Sea Container Cabin Urban Model showroom is the smallest model we offer at 20 feet long. This is a special high cube with side openings. Located at Bathurst Street and Dundas Street, we built this showroom to  give everyone a feel for what it’s like living in a Sea Container Cabin and more imporatantly, we used this showroom to test out our materials, their quality, ease of use, appropriateness for metal, and finishes at the Sea Container Cabin Urban before we applied our favourite features to our 7 Sea Container Cabin Showcase.

If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area, please book an appointment and visit us at our new Urban showroom! We’d love to show you around.