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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by RollPositive View Post
    They a complex here in Phoenix of 12 units.

    http://www.containersongrand.com/

    http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/...wing/75677898/

    Not sure in are community how practical they would be do to the sq footage and hard to make is accessible.
    Not sure if you checked out the first link you posted for yourself or not, but (at least one) of those apartments is wheelchair accessible. They've got pictures of a pretty ADA compliant looking bathroom. I first saw this on youtube
    Pretty cool project.

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by funklab View Post
    Not sure if you checked out the first link you posted for yourself or not, but (at least one) of those apartments is wheelchair accessible. They've got pictures of a pretty ADA compliant looking bathroom. I first saw this on youtube
    Pretty cool project.
    Its a little misleading when he says the "ADA" the bathroom is real tight and if your in a power chair its even tighter.


    The hall ways in to the kitchen are so small you would not be able to face the stove or the sing but have to cook and wash dishes from the side.

    @$1000 a month for 740 sq ft its not the best use space and cost.

    But everyone is different.

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by RollPositive View Post
    Its a little misleading when he says the "ADA" the bathroom is real tight and if your in a power chair its even tighter.


    The hall ways in to the kitchen are so small you would not be able to face the stove or the sing but have to cook and wash dishes from the side.

    @$1000 a month for 740 sq ft its not the best use space and cost.

    But everyone is different.
    Meh, I pay $1100 for a 500 square foot apartment in South Carolina. Location is probably more important than square footage with regard to rental price (but I have no idea if the containers are in a good location).


    I guess the angle could be deceiving, but that looks like at least 6' by 5' of open floor space. I can't imagine needing a bigger bathroom than that, but I rock a skinny manual chair, so I probably don't have the perspective.

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    And then there was the 3D printing option for $10,000 made in 24hrs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnifer View Post
    These might be a better fit for Canada (Japan gets snow too):
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    It depolymerises and its monomer very toxic.
    If electrical cables come in to contact with it, they lose their plasticiser and then crumble.
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    In a shipping container!

    Code:
    +-----------------------+
    | WC Comb| |panel  H---H| Open
    |--------+rod      H___H| 
    |       <Wheelchair>\_/ | 2352
    |----------+------------|
    | Bed 90cm |   Bench    | Keep closed
    +-----------------------+
              5898
    Need to be able to wash after transfer to toilet.
    Raised seat or sides open and shower over toilet.
    Combination washer dryer requires suitable IP rating.
    Shower curtain on rod opens towards this combo.
    Trench drain under shower curtain.
    Main door must swing out.
    Could also slide in gap left towards bench.
    Chair must be able to enter forwards, turn and back in.
    Chair must be able to drive out forwards.
    This means no obstacles under bench.
    Can transfer to bed or toilet.
    To make the bed and clean the wheelchair also needs to enter forwards.
    There must be nothing under the bench.
    Bench height must be sufficient for wheelchair 80cm +/-5cm.
    Stuff may only be placed on or above the bench.
    Stuff may be also placed under bed at 50cm height.
    Dishwasher, fridge, microwave, cooker, micro-oven sit on the bench.

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by funklab View Post
    I think you misspoke and meant you "need less space than a double wide". I imagine things are more or less the same in Canada as here. A double-wide trailer is around 24 feet wide by however long. A shipping container is 8.5 feet wide by up to 40 feet long.

    I like the idea though. I know I'm not up for the challenge of setting everything up, but it would be awesome to have your own space that you created.

    My current apartment is something like 500 square feet, so not that much bigger than a shipping container, though it is more square. I'd think the one problem (for me at least) with a shipping container would be the narrow width. I've got a pretty skinny chair at less than 24" wide, but to give myself enough room to turn around I would have to eat up about half of the room (it takes me about 4' diameter to turn around... the curses of being 6 feet tall).

    Obviously any shipping container home for a wheelchair user would just be a studio like one bedroom (which is what I prefer anyway). Tiny spaces do give you some cool efficiencies though. In my current studio apartment I can see the TV (which is also my computer screen) from bed, the couch, my kitchen and the washing machine... pretty much anywhere but the bathroom, so there's no need for an extra TV, and the fact that my apartment is so small means I can afford to light it with a half dozen Phillips Hue lights which means I can use voice control on my phone to turn them on and off (at $50 a bulb this would be unrealistic in a 'typical' 2600 square foot american home).

    You should draw up some plans and post them here. Like I said there's no way I would take on a project like this, but I like the idea so much I've even done some little sketches just as a thought exercise.
    I didn't misspeak. Once I have the money saved to build my own home I'm going to want more than just one or two shipping containers (if I go that route) to make my dream home--I'm thinking more like 5 or 6.

    I'm sure some people would say it's "excessive", but I know what I want. I also want lots of space for an in-home artist studio etc.

    Also, just an added note, you can configure multiple containers together to make rooms etc to almost whatever width you need.
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    To me the shipping containers are going to be to narrow, especially after adding insulation. Who are you going to find to set them up, especially someone who knows what they are doing? Also, resale value. I think you can get custom designed manufactured homes which would be much better all around.
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    Keep in mind that land appreciates (or it should at least keep up with inflation) whereas the dwelling depreciates. If you own the land and are lucky, the land will appreciate faster than the dwelling depreciates. Don't make the mistake that people make with mobile homes. They rent the land thinking that owning the dwelling is good enough. The rent keeps going up and home value keeps going down. An apartment may be better in terms of finances. Because if you're going to pay rent, at least the landlord is responsible for maintaining the apartment.

    Of course, you don't get to design your apartment. If you have the money that you don't need to get back and you live there forever, then all of this may not matter to you. But if were me, I'd definitely own the land.

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