Greetings from Washington! 🙂


Fabricated in 2004 and delivered to Enumclaw, Washington, the Studio 320 is the project that kicked off Cargotecture.  The warm interior incorporates reclaimed plywood whose previous life was as the back of gym bleachers in a local high school.  This project has been widely published in books and magazines as well as HGTV and the DIY Channel.

Located on a riverside plot, this tiny container cabin home is made from two 20′ shipping containers, which are slid past one another by 6 feet. With a total of 320 sq. ft. living space, this home has a durable finish plywood great room that is three-quarters of its total space, plus a separate bathroom and sleeping area.

This retreat is a (somewhat) famous cargo container house project which has been featured on several television programs, including HGTV’s “Small Space, Big Style” and “Some Assembly Required.”  It is situated on the wooded edge of a big farm outside of Seattle.  The owner uses this completely off-the-grid modern cabin to get away from the bustle of farm activity, as well as for guests.  Many sustainable concepts have been integrated into this container home, including using recycled containers, decking milled from wind-felled trees, and recycled steel in the foundation.


For the “Base Price” of $109,500 you get:

  • Recycled ISO cargo container(s) with new paint
  • Steel modification of the above containers
  • Soy based spray foam insulation
  • Aluminum clad wood windows and doors (one 10’ long opening and one side door included.) Fiberglass available
  • Bamboo finish floor or Swedish finish of original mahogany floors
  • 5/8” drywall ceiling and walls
  • Complete bathroom
  • Duravit bath fixtures
  • IKEA cabinets, kitchen fixtures, and lighting
  • Summit appliances
  • 30 gal electric water heater (gas if available on site)
  • Convectair Apero heating system
  • Factory plans, State L&I permits and inspections
  • All projects are permit-approved at factory gate
  • Free shipping to most US locations

But this home, The Studio 320, also has “Deep Green and Off-The-Grid Options”:

  • Natural gas or propane appliances, water heater and furnace.
  • Solar panels and inverter.
  • “Green Roof”
  • Composting toilets or “green machine” sewage treatment.
  • Roofwater harvesting and reuse.


So what do you think? Would you buy this for $109,500? ☺



Information SourceHybrid Architecture, PreFab Fan

Photo Source:  Hybrid Architecture




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