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We found this inspiring video by Kristen Dirksen that will show you one woman’s journey toward truly off-grid living.
Originally from Argentina, Lulu is a single mom currently living in California who decided to go back to school. Instead of taking on a full time job in order to pay rent and utility bills, she realized that she and her young daughter did not need to live in a conventional (expensive) home. Despite her lack of previous building experience, it took Lulu only one month to convert a shipping container into the 8 by 20 sq. ft. structure that she and her daughter now call home. Watch the video for a tour around Lulu’s property, where she later built a second structure (using a flatbed trailer she found at the dump) which is now her bedroom.
In the video, Lulu also shows off the bathroom, complete with the claw foot tub that she describes as one “luxury” she could not give up in her transition to off-grid living. Other creative innovations add character and charm—such as the placement of windows, allowing for utilization of sun (and stargazing at night).
Lulu also shows off some impressive features of the main unit including a simple yet fully functional kitchen—complete with a propane-powered camping stove and on-demand water heater. She is planning to build a third unit that will resemble a Japanese tea house.
Using only recycled materials, Lulu spent approximately $4000 to convert a shipping container (which she acquired for free) into a perfectly livable home; one which, as she explains in the video, would be considered a very nice house in other parts of the world where the standard of living is not as high. $4000 covered the cost of insulation (recycled styrofoam and bubble wrap), drywall, windows, cabinets, doors, dressers, hardwood floors, bathtub and toilet, as well as sinks for the bathroom and kitchen—and the flatbed trailer for the second unit.
Now how is that compared to a $200,000 mortgage? Plus she gets to spend much more time with family than slaving away.
Throughout the video, Lulu reflects on the choice she made and why it works for her and her family. She believes that children do not have to have a pink room with pink toys in order to be happy kids. This is evident in the film as her daughter and friends frolic around the property, giggling and playing. As Lulu’s brother in Argentina describes it, her lifestyle is como la pobreza con mucho estilio…como pobre elegante (“like poverty with a lot of style…elegant poor”).
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What REALLY Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Hint: It's A Bit Crazy...)
Shipping containers are all the rage - but if you are thinking about buying one, you MUST watch this video first:
There's a general belief that if you bury a shipping container you can create an awesome root cellar / storm shelter / survival bunker.
But is a shipping container strong enough to handle the pressure?
Watch the video to see what happens: