The EDGE – A Small Cabin in Wisconsin

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The EDGE is a 320 square-foot cabin in Wisconsin, desgned by Revelations Architects. EDGE stands for Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment, and as the name suggests, it features several sustainable initiatives, including rainwater collection, geothermal heating and cooling, a heat recovery system, passive solar windows and insulated exterior shutter doors to minimise night-time heat loss.

The EDGE Tiny Cabin

The EDGE Tiny Cabin

The EDGE Tiny Cabin

The EDGE Tiny Cabin

The EDGE Tiny Cabin

The EDGE Tiny Cabin

The EDGE Tiny Cabin

Due to the limited interior spcae, the house contains multi-functional furniture, such as the dining table which can be used as a lounge area, or as a bed. The EDGE is constructed of two prefabricated boxes, allowing it to be easily disassembled and transported to a new location. The cabin features a central living area sandwiched between the two mechanical areas of the home – the bathroom and kitchen – above each of which is an 80 square-foot lofted bedroom.

The exterior shutters and rain screen are constructed from locally sourced white oak, and the interior is clad with Baltic birch plywood. The EDGE is being promoted as a full-time residence, or retreat and purchasing a model will cost in the range of $60,000 – $150,000.

Via Gizmag

11 Comments

  1. It would be great if zoning laws didn’t practically prohibit you from living in a tiny home unless its moving, lol, maybe with that extra money you can hire someone to drive you in circles all day. I dreamed of owning a beautiful tiny home one day but zoning laws have crushed my dreams :(

  2. Where I want to build, there are no codes or registration requirements if you build a “storage shed” that’s 120sq ft or smaller. You can even have multiple “sheds” on your property, as long as they meet the setbacks. No height restrictions.

    So my plan is to build a similar structure, but w some variations to keep it “technically” a shed. The interior space will be 10 by a hair under 12. I will flank both sides with covered verandas that will be walled on two sides (rear and side), but open up front. The verandas will be deeper than the middle section. The plan is to have sliding accordian doors that can lock the interior 120 square feet up (on two sides…left and right) if an inspector ever visits. But while I am “visiting my storage shed”, I can transform the accordion doors(or walls) along a track in the floor and move them to a position that encloses both verandas. So this will more than triple the encloseable livable space. Also, I will have full lofts above each veranda that will serve as an artist loft and sleeping areas via Murphy beds. Plan to hide a bathroom in the wall behind the main area w secret panels, and the kitchen will be a galley style build into a 2 ft deep wall in the back of one veranda behind panels. All lofts will have access via a temp, movable ladder to keep them from technically being considered actually space. Additional deck space will add another 400-500 ft of space that could feature outdoor dining and lounging furniture.

    The entire build will be done on wooded property and as hidden as possible. Maybe even access is from treehouse-like bridges? To me, the key is hiding it away where it’s not noticed on land where not many people go or look…and place it among the trees and out of site from satellites and Google Earth.

    Any feedback is welcomed.

  3. LeAnn Addleman on

    I agree with Patricia Schiffman. I am planning on building a tiny home and I want to live in it full time. I haven’t even begun to check zoning but it doesn’t sound like a simple thing. I live in south central Wisconsin and I still work so would like to stay in the area. Without buying property, how do I go about finding a host for me and my tiny home, off grid, no plumbing or electricity?

  4. I cannot see much in your few pictures. i`ve been watching some of these tiny home shows, and like them.i`ve designed electronic connectors for 21 years. my dream job was to design toys. i think i may have found my calling designing tiny homes. please advise. rjg.

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