Sugar Cube House

We thought you might like to see this tiny house which will be in our book titled, Building Small, published by Popular Woodworking Books, and will be in the bookstores this July. One of the projects is a tiny house which we call the Sugar Cube House which could be built with the minimum amount of tools and skills. Some of the features are:

  • Cost approx. $2000. for the shell and approx. $2000 to complete with appliances and furniture.
  • Can be dismantled ( un-bolted) and transported on a flat bed truck
  • Additional cubes can be added easily.
  • Looks like a real contemporary house
  • Ideal for a college graduate living at home, or as an ADU

The focus of the sugar Cube House was to provide a alternative for young college students who are living at home with their parents (32 percent of them) who are burdened with a college loan, to build their own inexpensive tiny house in their parent’s back yard. Each 8’ x 8’x 8’ tiny house cube cost approximately $2000. and another $2000. to outfit it with appliances and furniture. Each cube is built a special plywood which is resistant to all kinds of weather and requires very little waste to take to the dump.

The first cube consist of a mini kitchen, a bed, a desk and a composting WC. A heavy duty extension cord would provide electric lighting, refrigeration and heating and non potable water would be provided by a hose from the parent’s house. Drinking water would be brought in and stored in a large water jug.

As time goes on and the student finds a job at another location, the cube is unbolted and moved on a flatbed truck and reassembled. At the new site, a second cube is added for sleeping which also includes a workstation for a computer and TV.

A third cube is designed for a more permanent location and provides a full-size bathroom with a sink, tub/shower and toilet. A louvered pergola can be built between the three cubes to provide an outdoors dining area for entertaining.

The sugar cube house is ideal for an off grid application using the roof as a water catchment system for bathing and a composting toilet The large sliding glass door provides passive solar gain and a wood burning stove can provide both heating and cooking.

Each cube takes about a day to take apart and a day to put together (with the help of a few friends).

The complete plans can be found in our book Building Small coming out in July of this year.

Guest post by David Stiles of Stiles Designs

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Fred - July 2, 2017 Reply

This makes sense to me, and seems to be utterly affordable, especially if were just buying the shells and doing the furnishings and appliances myself.

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