Best Shipping Container Homes for Sale in Toronto in 2023

Interested in shipping container homes for sale in Toronto? You’re not alone! In fact, the very first shipping container homes in Canada were built in 2013 — intended to house marginalized women. At the time, there was a lot of apprehension about how the experience would shape the lives of their inhabitants. 

However, the 12 recycled containers proved to be more than livable, in a post-occupancy survey conducted among the residents. In fact, overall tenant satisfaction was logged at 92%. Each 284-square foot unit features enough living space, which pleased the women. At the same time, every one of them also has a fully working kitchen, living room, bathroom, high ceilings, modern interiors, and furnishings like washers/dryers. 

Today, in both downtown and rural areas in many parts of the country, you’ll find several repurposed and reimagined shipping containers being used as homes. One of the rising markets for them is Toronto. 

In this article, we’ll look at what you need to know if you’re interested in constructing or buying one. We’ll also go over some common questions about their construction, help you find builders that modify designs according to your requirements, and locate the best of these for sale in the 6.

Best Shipping Container Homes for Sale in Toronto

If you’re interested in building a Toronto container house for alternative housing, you have a lot of great options to choose from. Whether you wish to stack them or use one single container, below are some of the best builders offering available shipping container abodes for sale in the area.

Dwell Containers Canada

  • Website: www.dwellcontainers.com
  • # of Models: 3 + custom plans
  • Areas served: Entire Canada
  • Headquarters: Toronto, ON
  • Pricing: start from CAD 22, 500
  • Review: Houzz, Google
  • Create custom plans: Yes

Dwell is the first on this list because among Toronto’s available designers and builders, they make it easiest to commission a prefab house — even if you don’t know anything about the process.  Their offerings start from a cost-effective CAD 28,500 for a simple one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit. If you want one without a toilet, the cost goes further down to only CAD 22,500.

What makes Dwell a great company to work with is that they can accommodate even the most basic requests. They don’t put a cap on what they do and what their services cover, so you can come to them even if you don’t have a big budget. Check out one of their most popular projects below.

Dwell40

  • Price: starts from CAD 88,500
  • Size in sq ft: 320
  • Price per sq ft: CAD 276.5
  • Number of containers used: 1
  • Container sizes: 40-foot
  • Number of bedrooms: 1
  • Number of bathrooms: 1
  • Standout Feature: Smart use of space that turns one container into a fully-functional residence/office, etc.

The Dwell40 uses only one 40-foot unit to include everything you could want in a residence. These include a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen, and even high-end furnishings such as beautiful vinyl flooring.

ModHaus+

  • Website: www.modhausplus.com
  • # of Models: 10 + commercial pop-ups (kiosks, food stands, etc), pools, and storage
  • Areas served: Central Ontario
  • Headquarters: Gravenhurst, ON
  • Pricing: Starts from CAD 23,000
  • Reviews: Facebook – 4.6
  • Create custom plans: Yes

Sharing another builder you can consider for your first permanent shipping container house, ModHaus+ envisions to build shipping container houses that are “built right, built for life.” They offer various models for residential and commercial establishments.

ModHaus+ also follows a streamlined flow that guides clients through the process of building a permanent shipping container house. From consultation to customization, you can expect personalized service to help inform your decision. Check out one of their sample models below.

M1Condo + 1 bedroom

  • Price: CAD 160,000
  • Size in sq ft: 480
  • Price per sq ft: CAD 333
  • Number of containers used: 3
  • Container sizes: n/a
  • Number of bedrooms: 2
  • Number of bathrooms: 1
  • Standout Feature: Fully furnished and functional condo + one-bedroom with glass walls
m1 condo floor plan
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front of m1 condo
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m1 condo living area
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With a floor plan that measures 20 feet wide by 20 feet long, this unit is designed with one condo and one master bedroom, which makes it a perfect starter home for a growing family. It also has a foyer or an entry area, and covers a total floor area of 480 square meters.

Storstac

  • Year founded: 2005
  • Website: www.facebook.com/StorstacInc
  • Areas served: Toronto and the nearby areas
  • Headquarters: Toronto
  • Reviews: Facebook, Google
  • Create custom plans: Yes

As one of the most established container modification companies in their market, Storstac offers custom and contemporary builds that can be adjusted according to specific client requests. No project is too big or too small — and you can commission them to do something as simple as installing large windows or as grand as undertaking a full-on project.

Many of their works have also been featured in several events in the country, including an Audi VIP Lounge featured at the 2019 PGA Canadian Open.

Want to see a sample house they built? For one of their projects, they worked with the owner to drill windows into the sides of 53-foot long shipping containers, and fitted them with a sloping roof. The result is a stunning 1600-square foot tiny home that is currently on the market for almost 2 million dollars.

YouTube video: Skinny 8 foot-wide Container Home on sale for $2M in Toronto

2 million dollar container home
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3-story, 1,600-sq foot tiny home made of 3 53-foot shipping containers

  • Price: $1,950,000
  • Size in sq ft: 1,600
  • Price per sq ft: $1218.75
  • Number of containers used: 3
  • Container sizes: 53-foot
  • Number of bedrooms: 3
  • Number of bathrooms: 4
  • Standout Feature: 3-story house with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a private balcony

Bordering a laneway, this modern abode may be small; in fact, it has a width of only about 12.5 feet and a length of 90 feet. But it packs a fully functional residence within its dimensions.

Honomobo

  • Year founded: 2015
  • Website: www.honomobo.com/ca/home
  • # of Models: 4 + offices
  • Areas served: CA, WA, Alberta, BC
  • Homes built: 125+
  • Headquarters: Alberta, Canada
  • Pricing: Starts from $210,150
  • Review Ratings: Facebook – 4.7, TrustPilot – 3.2
  • Create custom plans: No

A trailblazer that has changed the industry since its inception, HONOMOBO creates factory-built homes and other living spaces made out of rigid steel. Their portfolio spans an impressive list of projects, which have landed them in various digital publications. These include HGTV, Curbed, Digital Trends, and The Globe and Mail.

This builder’s modular homes, which are also named Honomobos, come fully equipped with everything that people need to live comfortably, including complete HVAC systems, toilets, garages, and all types of accommodations for single-family use. One of the most popular models that they have is the Honomobo HO4 (see below).

Final Thought: Overall, Honomobo is who you should turn to if you want to buy a luxury container home where each home is designed with superior craftsmanship. However, if you’re looking for customizations and a budget-friendly builder, this would not be a good fit.

Honomobo HO4

HO4 exterior
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  • Price: Starts from $348, 222 
  • Size in sq ft: 1280
  • Price per sq ft: $272
  • Number of containers used: 4
  • Container sizes: 40-foot
  • Number of bedrooms: 3
  • Number of bathrooms: 2
  • Standout Feature: One of the biggest prefabricated container houses for sale in the city, this model features complete amenities and luxe features, including 29 feet of floor-to-ceiling glass.

While it is quite pricey compared to the rest of the options, this Honomobo is the best option for anyone with a bigger family. Alternatively, such a structure can work perfectly as a vacation rental.

With this range of available options, you’re sure to find a forever home for you and your family to share. But are they truly worth it? In the next section, we’ll go over some common questions about these homes.

FAQs

Are shipping container homes legal in Toronto?

Yes, shipping container homes are legal in Toronto as well as other parts of Ontario. To be sure, check with your local municipality to know what they require and be guided by the right set of specific guidelines designed for your locality. 

Do I need permission to put containers on my land?

Zoning laws have set restrictions on what you can and cannot put on your land, especially if it’s adjacent to a residential or business district. Generally, if the house is not meant to be a permanent structure, you may not need a permit to put it on your own property. However, if you intend to use it as a house, you’ll have to contact your local council.

Is it cheaper to build a house or a container home?

While costs vary from case to case, opting for a container home can cost less than a regular house — even if you opt to add a basement or a parking space.

How long do these homes last?

They have an average lifespan of 15-25 years; some, with proper maintenance and upkeep, can last up to 50 years. 

Are they a good investment?

Just like typical homes, these houses can be great sources of additional income. You can flip them into a vacation rental or upgrade them into smart homes.

Conclusion

Getting a container house in the 6 can be a rewarding experience for you and your family – for durability, elegant interiors, year-round comfort, exclusive and more. The key is to do your homework and find out as much as you can about the available units and the bylaws that relate to their approval and construction.

Also, define your objectives and budget, and get in touch with builder candidates to find the best fit for your needs.

 

Ryan Stetson

Ryan Stetson

Currently own two 20' and 40' containers converted into an office/workshop. Having worked in the shipping industry for 6 years, my goal is to share my personal experiences as well as connect potential container buyers with suppliers around the US.

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