Picture a small, minimalist dwelling that is simple to build, repair and maintain….

….with readily available materials.

….by anyone with little experience.

….using common tools.

A single 20-foot shipping container can be made into that kind of living space.

It can sit in the middle of wilderness or your backyard and hauled without special equipment.

If it’s built thoughtfully and taken care of, it can last generations.

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A few years ago, I decided to build my own container home with a couple friends.

I refer to this container home as the Prototype (though it's the only one I've ever built).

Using what I learned while building the Prototype,

I wrote a manual about how to build your own minimalist container home.