Wanting to escape the city for a simpler life, renewable energy researcher Joseph Dupuis pieced together three disused shipping containers to make a unique house in the woods, around 55 kilometres from Ottawa.
“I want to help as many people as I can get out of the pocket of big banks and make people more self-sufficient,” he told the Huffington Post.
“I see my friends buying $400,000 houses and they’re in debt for the next 35 years. It’s pretty backwards…we don’t need these expensive homes and all this stuff we have in our lives.”
The entrepreneur bought the containers for $3576 each and had them relocated to his family’s farm.
Once the thick metal doors of the containers have been opened, they reveal a bachelor pad with numerous windows and plenty of natural light, as well as a fireplace and a full kitchen.
There are no interior walls in the abode, not even around the ‘bathroom’; a shower stall and a single vanity. There’s an outhouse in the backyard.
The home is fuelled by rooftop solar panels meaning the most expensive bill that Dupuis pays is for his phone.
Enough energy is generated by the solar panels to run the neighbouring workshop, made from two additional shipping containers.
The water for the kitchen and bathroom comes from a neighbour’s supply that flows through the house from a holding chamber.
Dupuis fitted the home with an underfloor heating system which keeps the room around 14 degrees in order to survive the below-freezing Canadian winters.
He has reportedly made plans to add a fourth shipping container as a second storey with a glass ceiling designed for stargazing.
“It’s like a giant science experiment so I’m observing and making modifications” he says.
After two years of living in the home with German shepherd-rottweiler mix Beatrice, he has moved closer to Ottawa, listing the home for $61,000 on a classifieds website post that went viral.
The cabin is designed to be dismantled, moved and reassembled in a new location with limited resources and time.