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Old 12-13-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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Guest Home Option?

I was considering turning an airstream or Spartan into a long term guest house. Has anybody ever seen somebody build a double wide in the style of an airstream?

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Old 12-13-2013, 09:02 PM   #2
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Well, I've seen Airstreams used as pool houses/guest houses, and seen trailers with a roof over them and a single wide type cabin built next to them, so they are all one unit and the trailer is part of the house - there is a campground near here with semi-permanent residents that has many like that - but I have never seen a double-wide Airstream


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Old 12-13-2013, 09:40 PM   #3
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Airstreams have curved roofs and sides. You could not pull two airstreams together to make a double wide. Airstreams are only 8 ft wide. Mobiles are 12 or 14 foot wide. I have seen Airstreams with 8 to 10 ft Florida rooms built on the curbside, if they are no longer going to be moved. I think it would be more trouble than it's worth to try to make a double. Better to spend your money on a mobile.
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:03 AM   #4
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If you're in Vancouver, BC I don't think our local bylaws allow for a trailer to be used as any kind of residence (even temporary). You can try it, but once a neighbour decides they don't like it, they can complain and the bylaw officers will investigate. You can double check by contacting the planning department. But I'm pretty certain that an old client of mine ran into this problem several years ago (they wanted to live in their trailer while their house was undergoing renovations and were told no). If you want a guest house, you'd need to go through proper channels with the city. If your property is has the right residential zoning, you can build a coach house. You need a design and then go through the permit process. If you're interested, I can help you with that.
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