About two years ago, Pacific Pines Ranch was born from our idea to escape the city life and chase our dreams out in the Oregon forest. We decided to change our life and start from ground zero to develop an off-grid shipping container home, ourselves, with little to no construction experience.

The reasons why we decided to meander down this road in life vary. We think it’s important for us to expand our abilities and learn valuable DIY construction skills such as welding, framing, electricity, plumbing, finishing work, mechanics, wood working, concrete setup/finishing, etc. There are so many aspects that go into building a house, and they all offer great experience in the different realms of construction. We wanted to challenge ourselves as individuals and teach ourselves how to build something not only unique, but also to build our dream house with our own hands. Our overall goal with this project is to change our lifestyle and become as self-sufficient as possible, and to learn to live off the grid.

Shipping containers, like any construction technique, come with many pros and cons. One of the biggest pros of containers are their strength. Each container can hold 55,000 to 72,000 pounds, depending on what size they are. They are made to store large amounts of cargo inside and shipped around the world, which also means that they are extremely durable. They go years enduring the toughest coastal and oceanic conditions and are made to survive the wear and tear of life between sea and port.

They are made with CorTen steel, which is a special kind of steel that is designed to resist against corrosion and have high-tensile strength. Because they are used for shipping around the world, they are usually easy to find near any coastal area or shipping port.

They are easy to transport due to their design and weight. They also offer great designs capabilities and can be setup in many different ways or configurations, essentially like life-size Legos.

Shipping containers are also fireproof, and can withstand intense weather situations such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods.


One of the cons of shipping container builds is they can require quite a bit of work to make them livable. To create any openings, panels need to be cut out, which compromises the strength of the container and can require reinforcements.

They can also be hard to get if the building site is not near any shipping area, such as a port or railway hub. Depending on the location and design of the build, they can require cranes to place the containers onto the foundation which can be a costly expense.

Overall, they require a lot of ingenuity to make them work as structures, and can be labor-intensive depending on the size of the structure and the design.

Specifications for Our Shipping Container Home
We put a lot of thought into the design of our shipping container house, and we designed our house to specifically fit our property. We used seven containers to create three levels, plus a rooftop deck.

Our land is sloped, so we designed the house to flow with the topography of the land. We took inspiration from how they are used for shipping cargo, and we stacked them the same way to take advantage of how they are made. We have two containers on the first level, three on the second level, two on the third level, a structure on the side to create stairs between the second and third level, and a garage parallel to the containers on the first level. The first two levels are 40-foot-high cube containers, and the third level is 45-foot-high cube containers, so it creates a small cantilever effect.

We converted all of the container doors into glass doors so the entire side of our house can be opened. Our goal was to feel outside, even when inside, and have as much windows and doors as possible. Luckily, the weather is very mild where we are building, so we didn’t have to take extreme heat or cold into consideration.

One of the more important aspects of our design is simplicity. We wanted the design to be simple enough we could learn to build it ourselves.

The Joy is in the Journey
That’s a little bit about why, what, and how we are doing our shipping container project on Pacific Pines Ranch. Currently, we have five containers on the foundation and we are working on Phase 2 of our build.

We have a long way to go for us to leave the diamond-in-the-rough stage, but eventually we will get there. We are constantly learning new techniques and improving our work day by day. As we like to say out on the ranch, the joy is in the journey.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been and continues to be an extremely high demand for accommodation cabins such as office and canteen cabins.

At present, we currently don’t have the following stock available.
• 20ft used office/canteen cabins
• 24ft used office/canteen cabins

We still have a selection of used 32ft cabins in stock that we can prepare to customers layout and specifications. (PLEASE CONTACT US)

We also still have a large selection of varieties of used toilet block cabins, some with showers and drying rooms etc. (PLEASE CONTACT US)

We also can provide shipping containers in most sizes (new & used) with quick delivery. (PLEASE CONTACT US)

Please note, lead times for used 32ft office/canteen cabins and used toilet blocks etc is approx 6-8 weeks from date of order at present.

We are still manufacturing all types and sizes of NEW built to order cabins with a current lead time of approx 22 weeks from date of order. (PLEASE CONTACT US)

We appreciate your patience and hope to have all used cabin stock available in the the near future.

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