Fernie CargoSpace Project

The Fernie CargoSpace Project is zigloo.ca’s first exterior clad container home.  The criteria for this house was to create a small house on a small lot that could withstand the dramatic temperature range of Fernie BC and the extreme snow loads of the Canadian Rockies in winter.  The solution was to utilize a new, energy efficient exterior clip system (Cascadia Clips) to provide structural integrity and insulation to the exterior side of the container walls, leaving the corrugated container walls to be exposed on the inside of the house.  Another element of the design was to retain the snow load on the roof to improve the insulation value of the structure during the winter.

The Fernie CargoSpace Project features a boxed window detail that creates shelf surfaces on the interior of each window.  3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and over 2000 sqft of living space constructed of two 40 foot, and three 20 foot containers with a 48” gap between container units.  The roof top deck provides them with plenty of outdoor space on the town’s smallest lot.


  • 2033 sqft (188 sqm)
  • 3-20' containers / 2-40' containers
  • 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms
  • Super Insulated Exterior
  • Small Building Footprint

9 Responses to “Fernie CargoSpace Project”

  • Chris says:

    Hi, Will you have plans for this available anytime soon? I would like to know more.

  • keith says:

    I will not be making these plans available for wide distribution. The concept could be a great jumping of point for something that could meet your specific criteria. Consider hiring zigloo.ca do a custom container design of your new home.

  • jack says:

    Hey looking at building one of these in the bahamas, send me an email please


  • keith says:

    Consider calling on Communication Fridays (starting Feb 20th) to tell me all about your container home ambitions.

  • Vik says:

    I’d be interested in a container home like this. What sort of all in costs are we talking about?

  • keith says:

    The cost-per-square foot of a CargoSpace Project is only one variable in the true cost of a sustainable building strategy. The best reasons to consider CargoSpace Projects have less to do with the up-front costs, and more to do with the environmental benefits of up-cycling shipping containers.

    The sustainability of a CargoSpace Project happens on many levels:
    1.It begins with sourcing local “end-of-life” shipping containers. (they have the smallest carbon footprint)
    2.It continues with considering the difference between the ‘needs’ vs. ‘wants’ in our everyday life, making the ‘needs’ a priority, and accommodating the ‘wants’ in imaginative ways.
    3.Finally, it takes understanding that your house is going to outlive you, and the world can be a better place because of the strength and effort you build your structure.

    All this being said, the up front costs of a container home are roughly equal to that of a traditionally built home, but the long term rewards of this style of building benefit the owner, community and the environment for decades to come.

  • sheryl says:

    I’d be interested in finding out more about these homes

  • Tommy and Anna says:

    Hi! We are very interested in building a container home on our family property.

    Can you please contact us?

  • keith says:

    If you decide to look further into the CargoSpace Concept, please feel free to contact me on “Ask Zigloo” Friday. I find it most productive to limit the initial phone call inquiries to 20 minutes. If we decide to continue the conversation, we can coordinate another call at a mutually convenient time. “Ask Zigloo” Fridays are 9 AM to 6 PM (Pacific Time) at the Zigloo.ca office (250-704-6057) at your convenience.

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