Engineer leaves oil business to make shipping container homes

>>> ENGINEER IN PEARLAND LEFT HIS JOB AND CREATED A BIG BUSINESS OUT OF SOMETHING THAT IS PRE SMALL.

HE IS CREATING TINY HOMES OUT OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS.

>> HOW COOL IS THAT? DREW KAREDES SHOWS US HOW THE MAN'S BIG ACHIEVEMENT IS ABOUT TO BE SEEN BY MILLIONS.

>> Reporter: JOHN MEYER IS REINVENTING THEMSELVES IN TODAY'S MARKET.

HE WENT TO A TOPNOTCH COLLEGE, HAS A STELLAR RESUME, AND FINALLY GOT THE HIGH PAYING JOB HE THOUGHT HE ALWAYS WANTED.

AND THEN HE DECIDED HE WANTED SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SO HE TOOK A GAMBLE.

IF YOU DROVE BY THIS 37-ACRE PROPERTY IN RURAL NEEDVILLE YOU MIGHT MISS THE TEXAS SIZE VISION THAT IS COMING TO LIFE HERE IN A COMPACT WAY.

>> AND WE'RE GOING TO GET A COUPLE MILLION PEOPLE VIEWING THIS THING ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

>> Reporter: JUST BEYOND THE GRAZING COWS AND 10,000 SQUARE FOOT BARN JOHN MEYER IS TAKING A RISK.

AN IDEA THAT INSPIRED HIM TO WALK AWAY FROM A STABLE JOB IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY.

>> MY JOB WAS RELATIVELY SECURE BUT I WAS WATCHING THE DOORS CLOSE AROUND ME.

EVERYBODY WAS — MY BOSS GOT LET GO.

>> Reporter: HE GAVE HIS NOTICE LAST JANUARY AND BEGAN PUTTING LONG HOURS AND INTENSIVE LABOR TOWARD HIS DREAM OF TRANSFORMING SHIPPING CONTAINERS INTO TINY HOMES.

WITH HIS BUSINESS BACK COUNTRY CONTAINERS.

>> I ALWAYS SEE THESE BROKEN DOWN CONTAINERS ON PEOPLE'S YARDS AND THE SHIPYARDS IN HOUSTON.

THERE IS MILLIONS OF THEM IN HOUSTON AND JUST GOING TO WASTE.

>> Reporter: IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR THE CONCEPT TO GAIN MOMENTUM ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SEVEN MONTHS LATER MEYER WAS CONTACTED BY A PRODUCTION COMPANY FOR THE HGTV AND DIY SHOW TINY HOUSE, BIG LIVING.

>> IT WAS A TWO DAY TURN AROUND AND WE WERE SCHEDULING THEM TO COME OUT.

>> Reporter: THE EPISODE SET TO AIR THIS THURSDAY FEATURES A MODEL HE MADE FOR HIS 25-YEAR- OLD SISTER-IN-LAW.

>> I FEEL LIKE I HAD A LOT OF WASTED SPACE IN MY ROOMS AND APARTMENT.

IT WASN'T VERY SUFFICIENTLY LOAD OUT.

AND NOW I HAVE IT LAID OUT PERFECTICALLY.

>> Reporter: THE MODELS COME IN 20 AND 40-FOOT LENGTHS.

ARE TEN FEET WIDE AND HAVE ROOFTOP DECKS TO MAXIMIZE SPACE.

MEYER SAYS HIS HOME APPEALS TO A WIDE DEMOGRAPHIC AND BELIEVES A NATIONAL PLATFORM WILL TRANSLATE INTO HIGH DEMAND.

>> I WILL TRY MY BEST TO GET BACK TO EVERYBODY AS FAST AS I CAN, BUT IT WILL BE A WILD RIDE.

>> Reporter: AND THE TINY HOMES RANGE IN PRICE FROM $25,000 TO $50,000.

BACK COUNTRY CONTAINERS WILL MAKE ITS DEBUT THIS THURSDAY NIGHT AT 8:00.

IT'S SET TO AIR AGAIN ON HGTV IN APRIL.

WE WERE ONLY ALLOWED TO SHOOT A LIMITED AMOUNT OF VIDEO HE BUILT FOR HIS SISTER-IN-LAW AHEAD OF THE PREMIER.

IT HAS A LOT OF CUSTOM FEATURES INCLUDING A CLOSET TO FIT HER 200 PAIRS OF SHOES.

>> HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? [ LAUGHTER ].