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    http://www.storstac.com/shipping-container-housing/

    First one in Toronto.

    http://inhabitat.com/canadian-man-bu...lds-for-20000/

    I've been trying to talk my brother the farmer into letting me have an acre of land or less for a summer home .. so far no go. lol
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    Note that the second link above is to a container house that is off the grid for utilities, and lacks a toilet (you have to use an outhouse). It is not currently used as a home either, so is only partially furnished. It also appears to lack insulation on the roof...a real problem in a cold or snowy climate.

    You might find it easier to get permits for a double-wide mobile home or for pre-fab (manufactured) housing. A number of my clients have had these custom made to be fully accessible.

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    Last edited by lynnifer; 02-06-2017 at 03:31 AM.
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    These might be a better fit for Canada (Japan gets snow too):

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    This is a great Thread. I love the small, but efficient homes, and the 'green' use of still-useful materials. Plus, any way that a person can possibly retain, or obtain, independence should be explored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnifer View Post
    These might be a better fit for Canada (Japan gets snow too):

    kinda reminds of foam insulation that's pretty neat

    I wonder cost this would if not expensive be a good fix homeless heck I like
    Last edited by vjls; 02-09-2017 at 05:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vjls View Post
    a shipping container is not that big by the time insulate everthing get a toy trailer rv
    Is this what you have in mind? My husband and I have considered a toy hauler.
    https://dunesport.com/build-toy-haul...ype=p&device=c

    This has build you own wheelchair accessible ones https://dunesport.com/build-toy-haul...ype=p&device=c
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    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.

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    I only use about 380 sq. ft of my 2,600 sq.ft. home most of the time. A 40' container along with a small one for a workshop and storage would work for me. I don't think that it would be very difficult to design one for accessibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelchairbarbie View Post
    Because I want more space than a double wide, plus I want to design the inside by myself, and cut costs as much as possible.
    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.

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