Container House Design with Minimalist Grit: Part 4 (Podcast)

This is week 4 - and the last post in our series - covering Oklahoma City’s first shipping container residence. Last week we looked at our unique foundation design, touched on shipping container anatomy, and looked at container modifications. I shared information about the homeowner/developer and his website. This week we are picking up where we left off and doing something special.

This week, I wanted to share an in-person interview with Josh McBee, our shipping container homeowner and owner of High Cube Industries, LLC. This is the first live interview that I have done, but it went very well. 

Green Heart Town | Podcast #1: Shipping Container Home Minimalist Interview

Below is an outline of some of the talking points we covered (with their approximate times), so you can jump to them if like. The total interview ran about 40 minutes. Enjoy! 

00:00    Introduction
02:15    Project genesis
04:30    Minimalism and world travel
06:00    Hitting the Appalachian Trail
09:00    Keep the beautiful & useful
12:00    Small, spacious living
16:00    Design success
18:15    Building your own home
22:00    High Cube Industries blog
24:00    Leading the wave
26:30    Foundations and prototyping
31:30    Container consulting and advice
33:30     Rightsizing, budgeting & planning ahead
37:30    Modularity and flexibility
40:00    Closing thoughts

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By Bill Bryson
  • This is the book the inspired Josh to hike the Appalachian Trail, which led him toward the pursuit of Minimalism. 
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High Cube Industries

Want to get down to the nitty-gritty and see first hand the kinds of issues that went into the construction of this home? Check out the High Cube Industries, LLC website when you have a little time. This is Josh's website and blog and a great first resource if you are interested in making buildings with shipping containers. Maybe a shipping container house is in your future? 

Thank you for following this series. Working with the homeowners to do something new is rewarding work.

Let me know if there is another topic that you would like us to cover next. You can always send questions & messages from the Contact Page. I answer every email.