The DIY Mindset


The DIY Mindset

By Lea Rose Allbaugh

Have you ever sat down to watch HGTV or saw a cool home renovation video on YouTube and thought to yourself, “I’d love to do that”? Well, this is your chance with Affordable Quarters’ ISO shipping container homes. The container is (no pun intended) your building block, and the rest is up to you. For avid DIYers, this is an amazing opportunity to DIY your heart out. 

One of the biggest reasons people are interested in using shipping containers as home structures is the cost. The average shipping container hovers around the $7000 mark, leaving a lot of room for additional expenses. And with such an open-ended project, customization can be as affordable or costly as you choose. 

Whether you’re new to DIYing or have been doing it for a long time, Affordable Quarters offers different packages to help bring your vision to life.

First and foremost, you’re going to need a shipping container. This is why we offer a deposit-only package where we take care of finding your shipping container for you. With so many supply chain delays and an array of shipping container options, we make it easy. For a deposit of only $100, you can start your journey in making an ISO shipping container, home. 

For people wanting some additional guidance, we offer the “DIY Care Package” for $1,000. With this, you receive qualified support available via phone, text, and email, eight hours a day, six days a week, 50 weeks a year. This package allows us to hold your hand and walk you through the process, providing as much or as little assistance as you need. 

For those looking to kick off on building their dream home, here are some helpful DIY tips to keep in mind as you move through the process:

  1. Make use of space. 

Although shipping container homes can be customized to virtually any size, the basic style of one resembles a tiny home. This means that space matters. As you draw out your plans, think strategically about how to make things purposeful and multi-functional. A counter top for instance, can also be used as a workspace and dining area. 

  1. Repurpose and reuse.

This one is fitting considering these ideas contributed to how the shipping container home came to be. Get thrifty by reaching out to friends, family, or your community about repurposing resources like reclaimed wood and metal. Shopping secondhand is not only environmentally friendly and cost efficient, but it can make your space truly one-of-a-kind. 

  1. Get creative.

The shipping container home wasn’t meant to be ordinary. Get creative and think about adding cool features you wouldn’t find in other homes. Things like floating shelves and hidden drawers are great options—they’re creative and make the most of space. For even more ideas, check out sites like Pinterest and YouTube.


Questions? Text DIY to 740.462.7544