Sitting on ten acres on the outskirts of Joshua Tree, California is designer Ben Uyeda’s latest DIY project, a three-part shipping container house. One could reasonably argue that building a house doesn’t sound like your average DIY project. But then again, Ben isn’t your average designer. With a belief that “design should serve people,” Ben sets out to make his creations open and accessible to anyone with a computer. For each new design, he posts a video on his YouTube channel, HomeMade Modern, with easy-to-follow instructions for how to do it yourself.
When Ben set out to build his shipping container house in the middle of the desert, he needed a way to power his tools. Not yet tied into the grid, electricity wasn’t an option. What he did have was sun—and lots of it. Using Boulder solar panels and a Yeti power station, Ben easily kept his battery-operated power tools charged throughout the build.