Green Block Development

$250,000 goal

Campaign created 6 months ago

Born an average guy in Spanish Town, Jamaica, in 1977. My family lived in a tenement yard which offered a lower standard of living than the typical American ghetto. My mom had very little, and in most cases, she only had what she needed to provide the bare necessities to raise a family of four.

Our home wasn't efficient. There were no formal bedrooms, only living space divided by a wall which resembles the photos displayed.  We didn't have the luxury of an in-house kitchen or indoor plumbing. Our kitchen was detached and located directly behind our home. The bathroom was located outdoors and consisted of three shower stalls and two pit toilets that
were shared by all who lived in the yard. 

At times, the elements would make their way into our dwelling, but all in all, this was our home.  The house was dressed in galvanize zink, and was not wired for indoor plumbing and electricity.  Due to this, air conditioning was not an option, more than likely would have been useless since the walls weren’t sound enough to suffice a unit.  Our only source of lights was kerosene lamps and sometimes even the moon.  

Later on in my childhood, my mom and stepdad were fortunate enough to move our family into a better house, an all block structure. Soon after the upgrade, in 1988, I experienced my first hurricane, Gilbert. Reflecting on our preparation, I remember being scared because I didn’t know what to expect. In Jamaica, we don’t evacuate. Instead, we prepare, pray, and hope for the best. Luckily, our home endured little damage and as a result, I witnessed true devastation. Our neighbors and so many other people who had so little to lose lost it all.

The devastation across my neighborhood was shocking. It left me curious, I often questioned “Why us?,” and I remember wishing I were able to save my people. Shortly after Hurricane Gilbert, my family migrated to New York. Although we were living a better life, the memories of my home and the family we left behind were always in my thoughts and prayers. As a teenager, my fascination with construction grew deeper and to this day I question the process of conventional builds in light of solving a complex issue.

I feel I have acquired enough experience to lead my project at hand.  I often reflect back on my personal hardships as a child experiencing storms and poverty.  I survey the world around me with an in-depth understanding of how natural disasters leaves an everlasting and devastating impact in impoverished communities.

Starting now, I am on a mission to give people access to affordable homes that will withstand nature's disturbances. My goal is to preserve life, memories, and culture through green construction. This mission has been brewing since 1988 and has laid dormant until the most recent passing of the hurricanes that affected Puerto Rico, the Caribbean's and part of the US Mainland.

I believe I have the ability to solve a complex issue in communities that are commonly affected by storms and poverty. My goal and desire are to bring this solution to market and make it accessible to all. I am working to build homes that are eco-friendly, affordable, and durable in times of devastating weather.  The end result will be a home that potentially withstands hurricane force winds of up to 175 mph and independent of electrical power sources during times of power outages. This home may potentially survive earthquakes and possibly float in place during times of flooding. I’m committed to my vision and I will make sustainable homes possible for all!

I will like to start this vision by building several homes in the designated "x" markings in Atlanta, Georgia.  The homes will be offered by lottery selection to eight families through a lease-purchase program.  Upon completion of the program, residents will have complete ownership of their home and land that it sits on.  

$5,000 of each sale will be placed in an account to go towards building a house for a family in need in either Haiti, Puerto Rico or Jamaica.  

Why a Storage container for a home

They are extremely easy to build into a home. Storage containers usually stand superior in the face of building codes.

Properly insulated, they can make for a warm and cozy home in the winter. There are also effective ways of making them resistant to excessive heat.  Since they are originally built for transport, they can be easily moved when they need to be.

They can withstand practically any extreme weather, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes. Standing alone, an ISBU can handle 100 miles per hour winds. Securely anchored, it can take winds up to 175 miles per hour. You can also rest assured that it will never collapse during an earthquake. By far, they make for the safest storm shelters.

ISBUs-(Intermodal Steel Building Unit) are made of 100 percent Corten Steel, and there is a range of different sizes for them. However, the popular choice for shipping container houses are former sea containers that come in two standard sizes: 20 feet long, 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall, equal to 160 square feet.

40 feet long, 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall, equal to 320 square feet.

Alone, these can be suited as a tiny house. Even so, some people put multiple containers together for a bigger house. Others have even built entire commercial marine ports out of shipping containers, as well as big company headquarters, student housing and homeless shelters.

1,280sq = 77k 3bed 2bath
Container acquisition 4. 40ft container =$8,500
Fabrication $5,500
Framing $7,500
Plumbing $7,500
Electrical $9,000
Roof $2,000
Exterior design $15,000
Interior design $17,000
Foundation $3,000
Mechanical system heating and Air $ 4,500

Total = $79,500
Contingency fund $15k


20 ft Cube Container

A 20ft storage container is considered a standard container. Standard shipping containers | storage containers are 8ft 6in high on the exterior. The container is comprised of 14-gauge corrugated steel panels throughout. It has lockable double doors on one end. It is equipped with 1- 1/8″ thick marine plywood flooring on the interior.

The 20ft shipping container has become the standard for portable job site storage and commercial storage solutions. The 20ft storage container fits in a single parking space and can be transported and delivered on a much smaller and maneuverable vehicle than the larger containers.

Secure & Watertight
Additional Storage at Your Location
Ground Level Access
New Production Containers Available


40 ft high Cube Container

This 40ft shipping container is considered a High Cube container. High Cube shipping containers | storage containers are 9ft 6in tall on the exterior. They are 1ft taller than the standard height container. The container is comprised of 14-gauge corrugated steel panels throughout. It has lockable double doors on one end. It is equipped with 1-1/8” thick marine plywood flooring on the interior.
40ft high cube shipping containers | storage containers are perfect for commercial, industrial and rural storage applications.

Secure & Watertight
Additional Storage at Your Location
Ground Level Access
New Production Containers Available

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