Picture a small, minimal 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 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.

A few years ago, with no true building experience, I decided to build a container home with a couple friends, and SW Living Spaces was founded. We used it as an opportunity to learn, experiment and problem-solve. I refer to this container home as

the Prototype.

I decided to write a book about what I learned and how it can be improved.