Denver Couple Builds Home with Used Shipping Containers

Courtesy Libby and Regan Foster(DENVER) -- When Regan and Libby Foster set out to build a new home in Denver, Colorado, they went to the shipping yard instead of the home improvement store.

The couple’s new, 4,000-square-foot home is made of nine used shipping containers that weigh 8,500 pounds and cost the Fosters $2,200 apiece.

“The Denver market is insane and we couldn’t afford to buy something bigger so we decided to build,” Libby Foster told ABC News. “Regan researched a few different options and shipping containers stuck.”

Regan, a firefighter, did much of the home’s construction himself, starting with spending an entire day at a shipping yard to select the nine cheapest and least-used shipping containers he could find.

The couple had to rent a crane to get the shipping containers on their property and then spent just over a year building the home.

“Regan fabricated the shipping containers on site, adding window holes and door holes,” Libby said. “The front door is an actual shipping container door that Regan fabricated.”

Denver Couple Builds Home with Used Shipping ContainersCourtesy Libby and Regan Foster

The Fosters' own sweat equity and decision to use natural materials like plywood and concrete throughout the home kept the cost to a little more than $100 per square foot.

The couple -- who live in the home with a family of three that pays rent -- moved in about six weeks ago.

“Moving in was so anti-climactic because we worked on it for a year and a half and I was here every day for that,” Foster said. “But now it’s just fun ... it’s hard to be sad in here.”

“We like that it’s different but it definitely feels like home,” she added. “When I’m in it, it’s just where I sleep. It’s where I cook. It’s where I sweep the floors.”

Foster said the couple’s neighbors were also very gracious when it came to the process of converting a series of 8-feet-wide, 40-feet-long and 9½-feet-tall shipping containers into a suburban home.

“It definitely made me nervous but people have been pretty nice about it,” she said. “Most people have been really supportive and excited.”

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Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombs

Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombsRuskpp/iStock/Thinkstock(MCLEAN, Va.) -- A Labrador retriever named Lulu has flunked out of bomb-sniffing school after she displayed to her handlers that she was no longer interested in detecting bombs, according to the CIA.

"We are sad to announce that Lulu has been dropped from the program," the CIA announced in a press release Wednesday.

Lulu did not make the cut to graduate with her fellow fall 2017 puppy classmates after she began to show signs that she wasn't interested in sniffing out explosive odors a few weeks into training.

We’re sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. pic.twitter.com/c6lxHPfC09

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

There are a million reasons why a dog has a bad day & our trainers must become doggy psychologists to figure out what will help pups. pic.twitter.com/iaeRpGiSUR

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


Pups often have off days when they're training for such an important job, the CIA said. The issue -- which can often be fixed with more playtime and breaks -- is often temporary.

"After a few days, the trainers work the pup through whatever issue has arisen, and the dog is back eagerly and happily ready to continue training," the CIA said. "But for some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary."

Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.
Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


Lulu was no longer motivated to search for explosives and was "clearly not enjoying herself any longer" when motivated to do so with food and play.

"It's imperative that the dogs enjoy the job they’re doing," the CIA said.

Trainers made the "extremely difficult decision" to drop Lulu from the program for her physical and mental well-being, the CIA said.

Lulu's handler adopted her, so she now enjoys cushy work-free days that include playing with his children and sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard. She even has a new friend -- a fellow Labrador retriever -- to hang out with all day.

Lulu was adopted by her handler & now enjoys her days playing w his kids & a new friend, & sniffing out rabbits & squirrels in the backyard. pic.twitter.com/WOImM75P1D

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


"We’ll miss Lulu, but this was the right decision for her," the CIA said. "We wish her all the best in her new life."

We’ll miss Lulu, but it was right decision for her & we wish her all the best in her new life!https://t.co/nPZl6YWNKb pic.twitter.com/Mbcr9C7wUY

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

Lulu's handler is still on the search for an explosive detection K-9 partner, the CIA said.

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