Frequently Asked

What You Need to Know About the True STUDIO.

We Know You Have Questions


The True STUDIO is $60,000 U.S. dollars. The price is subject to change if you choose any of our featured upgrade options, which you can see here. Please submit an inquiry below if you have questions or want to learn more about the Modern Dwelling True STUDIO.


You can use your True STUDIO Modern Dwelling as an ADU, your next rental, guest suite, additional living space, mother-in-law unit, or for you to live in full-or-part-time.




Here are the top 5 reasons why a Modern Dwelling True STUDIO may be the perfect fit for you:

  1. It provides a variety of uses for you as the owner. It can be fully permanent or movable – you decide.
  2. It’s virtually indestructible because it’s a shipping container transformed into a sustainable space. It’s earthquake-resistant, windstorm-resistant, fire-resistant – you name it, the Modern Dwelling True STUDIO will stand the test of time.
  3. It’s an engineered structure stamped and approved by an engineer.
  4. We’ve thought of everything – your True STUDIO comes complete – all you’ll need to add are your own personal touches for decor, linens and dishes. All you’ll need for hook-ups is a garden hose and an electrical plug-in to a dedicated 20amp circuit.
  5. The True STUDIO was designed and developed to be a fully operational micro-living dwelling. People who have chosen a True STUDIO have used it as a full-time residence while others use it as a guest suite or mother-in-law suite. We currently have clients who only use the True STUDIO as an income-generating property hosting it through Airbnb’s platform year-round.

The True STUDIO Modern Dwelling can reside on any land you own or have full legal access to use. This can be your backyard, a lot, your driveway, your front or side yard.

Modern Dwelling True STUDIOs are designed and constructed with a cargo-worthy shipping container as the shell for the base structure. We then implement an engineered design with a smart layout to transform the cargo container into a stylish micro-living dwelling. We utilize a line of old growth Douglas Fir wood products from Columbia Riverwood for the doors, windows, countertops, paneling and flooring. This wood is salvaged directly from the Columbia River itself and is FSC certified.


The True STUDIO uses closed-cell spray foam with a high-R rating to eliminate any potential condensation issues and to create a soundproof quality while adding structural integrity. In addition, the True STUDIOs are insulated to meet or exceed international building code standards. An energy-efficient duct-less mini-split heating and cooling system comes standard with every True STUDIO.

The exterior of the True STUDIO is a shipping container made out of Corten steel. Corten steel self-arrests the rust, which is why they are used on the high seas today to transport goods across the world. Every True Studio is painted black with an enamel-based paint.


After your True STUDIO is delivered by us, it is movable should you choose to do so. The appropriate sized tilt-bed tow truck can move Modern Dwelling True STUDIOs readily depending on your location and access. Due to the weight of the True STUDIO, it’s recommended that you have a trained professional or a company specializing in shipping used to move your Modern Dwelling.

Our process is simple, just three easy steps: placing an order, building your True STUDIO, and delivering it to your site.

Step One – Ordering Your True STUDIO

When you order a Modern Dwelling True STUDIO, you will have a phone appointment with our design team to answer any questions and discuss any potential upgrades that you want to be added.

Step Two  – Building Your True STUDIO

Once the order is complete and the initial deposit has been provided to Modern Dwellings the build of your True STUDIO will begin and completed at the estimated time provided to you in step one of the process.

Step Three – Delivering Your True STUDIO

Once your True STUDIO is complete, we will do one final review of your site and discuss final site preparation with you. When the site is ready, Modern Dwellings will deliver your True STUDIO.

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All Modern Dwelling True STUDIO’s come with upgrade options, which you can find listed here. Please contact us to discuss potential upgrades for your True STUDIO.

Please check with your city or county to determine if a permit is required for your property. Modern Dwellings True STUDIOs are permitted in the same way as any modular or pre-fab structure. All True STUDIOs come with architectural and system drawings to make the permit process easy and streamlined. Whether or not to secure permits is up to each individual owner.

Yes – water, electrical and sewer hook-ups are necessary for our standard True STUDIO.

You may wish to upgrade to the incinerating toilet, therefore eliminating the need for septic or sewer hook-ups.

For the water hook-up you only need a garden hose hook-up. For the electrical, all that is needed is an electrical outlet with a dedicated 20amp circuit to hook-up your True STUDIO.

You can learn more about our off-grid upgrade options here.

We have a lender that we can refer you to who has a variety of loan products for whatever your unique situation may be. Our lender can provide financing throughout the United States, and specializes on the West Coast of the U.S.