Sometimes “Twister” isn’t a party game…

22 Apr

I’m getting a lot of email from people in North Carolina.

After the recent tornadoes events that left over 44 dead and many, many families homeless –  ravaged families and Humanitarian Aid groups are trying to figure out what to do next. And they’re calling on us, to help.

Credit: Reuters: Chris Keane

They need high-speed, affordable housing solutions that are weather resistant.

And they need them NOW.

Sound familiar?

First, it must be noted that I’m NOT talking about Emergency, Temporary, or even “Transitional Housing”. I’m talking about scalable Permanent solutions.

In my book; “Introduction to Container Homes and Buildings” (which you can purchase by clicking that blue book up on the top right hand side of the sidebar) I talk about a housing solution that revolves around one 20′ container called a “CORE.”

Inside this single 20′ ISBU is a full kitchen, a large bathroom, a shower room, a laundry room/workspace and a mech/HVAC space.

While it sounds like a lot to cram into one small  Corten Steel box, it works flawlessly.


This CORE is large enough to easily handle the requirements of a family of six.

AND by coupling larger boxes to it… say 40′ High Cubes or even 48′ High cubes, you can build large, STEEL, cost effective and energy efficient spaces for peanuts.

Overhead cabinets and storage modules are not shown.

By using “the CORE” the other boxes are just “defined (and insulated) space”. By adding ISBUs to the front and back of this unit, bedrooms and common spaces are easily created. EASILY.

Best still, it’s a scalable and expandable kind of structure, because you’re essentially just adding “modules” to it over time, as money and materials allow.

“Start SMALL and ADD IT ALL…”

… as you can.

Most ISBU Homes (and most alternative homes in general) are built using paychecks, not bank loans. It’s one of the ugly truths of “going against the grain.”

A system like “The Core” will allow you to build out slowly overtime, achieving a higher level of weather resistance, better energy efficiency, at costs that you can afford… using your own hands.

Read all about it in my book. You do have my book, right?

If not, WHY NOT? I mean… really. I lowered the price. I’m, almost giving it away. I WANT you to be better informed. I want you to build ISBU Confidence. I want you to house your family without becoming a slave to banks and utility companies.

It’s WHY I do this. Honest.

Any profits from the book go directly to help other families in need build strong STEEL houses for their families.

It’s not just Haiti.

It’s not just Christchurch, New Zealand.

It’s not just Chile or Peru…

It’s places like North Carolina.

Credit: Reuters: Chris Keane

They need our help. And we’re gonna help them. It’s what good people do.

So, you’re not just learning as you read that book…  you’re HELPING. What could be better than that?

Have I ever steered you wrong before? 😉

2 Responses to “Sometimes “Twister” isn’t a party game…”

  1. Mary Robinson April 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    I have a question in regards to the flooring in the containers. I’ve read that they need to be sealed against the pesticides that they use. In your experience, do you follow that practice? And if so, would a simple polyurethane sealant work? Thanks, my husband and I are in the process of building a container home, but we are making ours earth sheltered.

    • Renaissance Ronin April 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

      Hi Mary,

      You’re kidding, right? 🙂

      Have you read the blog? I suggest that you start prowling the archives.

      This is one of the most frequently asked questions about ISBU construction.

      I am MILITANT about floor REMOVAL.

      You cannot safely encapsulate the toxins in ISBU flooring.

      The chemicals are LETHAL.

      You cannot “just” cover the floor with laminates, tile or carpeting.

      You cannot coat the floors with poly’s to “seal them”.

      The first furniture scratch or breech UNSEALS them. Time and wear will undo all your hard work.

      There are people who advocate simply covering up the floors and pretending it’s no longer an issue. After all, they won’t live in the deathtrap they just built.


      If I’m working with you and you refuse to replace the existing flooring. I’m done with your project. Period. That’s how strongly I feel about it.

      When confronted by this “obstacle” and the work it will imply, I often simply ask my families:

      “How much do you love your kids?”

      Proceed at your own risk. You’ve been warned. 😉


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