Founded in 2013, Build A Box Homes has put its first home on the market in Houston and is one of the first home builders in the region to use shipping containers to build homes, writes Houston Business Journal reporter Paul Takahashi.
The company’s founder Jerry Hartless came up with the idea while working in the Middle East in 2008. The Houston native had a commercial contract with the U.S. military, installing internet service for 65,000 soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. As part of his operations, Hartless had miles of cable wire and hundreds of routers shipped from Asia to the Middle East in large shipping containers.
Since there’s a lack of housing in the desert, Hartless created his own camp — complete with rooms, toilets, showers and kitchens — out of empty shipping containers.
The home now on the markets is 1,280 square feet and features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a modern open kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, and wood floors throughout. It’s listed for $189,995 and has already garnered two offers, Hartless said.