Housing costs in Canada are soaring through the roof and many people are finding it difficult to balance their checkbooks against the cost of living. Because of this, many are starting to look for housing alternatives in and around the city. Queue in shipping containers.

Shipping containers have been used to build habitable spaces for many years now. Given the housing situation in Canada, it became favourable for Canadians to embrace the container housing trend.

Theoretically, building a house with shipping containers is not difficult. The time required to build one is significantly less and the cost involved can be much lower than that of a conventionally built home. Containers can be viewed as a ‘blank slate” structure that offers people the freedom to design their homes as desired, without compromises on comfort. Options like insulation, higher ceilings, specialty flooring and space are not an issue either.

In reality however, things are a little more complicated. Across Canada, there are strict building codes that must be adhered to. As shipping containers are not listed in the building code, it creates a level of complexity that discourages some people from building with them.

To overcome this difficulty, we recommend the assistance of someone like Their consulting services are unique and their experience with permitting shipping container homes in Canada will add peace of mind to do-it-yourselfers. To prove their level of specialization, they built their own Octopod model home to meet all the building codes in Ontario.

The Octopod was built using seven of our brand new ATS gray 20ft high cube shipping containers. integrates modern design features and a functionality guaranteed to impress.

This is blog post is only part one of a topic we will return to discuss again in the future, so stay tuned to see what’s coming in the following weeks. In the meantime, be sure to visit the website to see progress and details about their build.