Home means something cozy and warm place where we relax with our loved ones. For some it is a big mansion, for others a fancy apartment or a small cottage in the mountain.
However, most people know that home represents a space with four walls, and what makes it a real home is the smell of cookies from the kitchen, the scent of the morning coffee, the laughter of your closed ones, the barbecues with your neighbors and the peace we feel while lying down on the sofa in the living room.
Some people make home literally of materials that most people consider non-usable for building a home. Jaimie and Dave, a couple from Cowlitz County decided to stick two shipping containers and out of them to create an alternative home. For them this was the perfect solution of a life without mortgages and debts.
They built their home from two containers; one was 20ft and the other one 40ft one. They have built a home that suited their needs and filled it with everything they need.
“…We thought, how hard is it to stick a couple of containers together? It’s like legos, right?”
Jaimie and Dave first purchased a small piece of land on which they put the two shipping containers, the 40f as a base and on top of it the 20f, intended to be their bedroom.
Their home was built only by themselves starting from its structure, construction work, plumbing, electrical wirings, and welding. They had spent around $80k in order to turn two metal boxes into an amazing home. Their plan was to go to work from Mondays to Thursdays, and on Fridays and weekends they were building their house. They needed 10 months for their plan to become reality. In the end they have built a unique home offering all the needed commodities, like a spacious lounge, kitchen, pantry, and a bathroom on the first floor, and upstairs they have their own bedroom from which you can go to a magnificent balcony with incredible view.
They have also built a spacious and beautiful garden, so that they can enjoy their house fully. However, during the building process they experienced an obstacle; Dave suffered from a spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage. Fortunately, he survived it, and continued with the building of their home which in a way was a part of Dave’s mental and physical recovery, amazing, isn’t it?
This incident made them stronger and more supportive of each other and for both of them this was a valuable lesson in life.
“I think what this has taught us about ourselves is that we can do things that are really, really hard that if we do them together, we can definitely accomplish it.”
Check the video below and see the amazing house of this couple: