Who among us has never looked at their overstuffed closet in despair? If you feel like you are constantly running out of storage room in your home, check out the Cube Project and imagine your life on a smaller, more efficient scale.
The Cube is a 3x3x3 meter house, built by Dr. Mike Page at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, with enough space for one person (and not very much stuff) to live and make a minimal environmental impact. Constructed from a variety of sustainable materials, it includes a lounge, with a table and two custom-made chairs; a small almost-double bed; a full-size shower; a kitchenette with energy-efficient fridge, induction hob, re-circulating cooker hood, sink/drainer, combination microwave oven, and storage cupboards; a washing machine; and a composting toilet. It also has ultra-efficient LED lights, and it is heated using an Ecodan air-source heat pump, which recovers heat from extracted air.
At first blush, it sincerely does not look like enough space. There is very little storage, the stairs are staggered so they have to be taken left foot first, and the toilet is a little disturbing. But it is a marvel of design; everything fits together in just enough space, with a minimalist appearance and clean lines.
So, what would you take with you to live in your 3x3x3 house? What would you give up?
Ilyce R. Glink is the author of several books, including 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask and Buy, Close, Move In!. She blogs about money and real estate atThinkGlink.com and at the Home Equity blog for CBS MoneyWatch.
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