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Nine Square Feet Cabin Is a Fully Functional and Frugal Micro Home
Nine is the magic number for the amazingly small, but functional mini cabin proposed by Michael Janzen. Just long enough to sleep in and tall enough to stand in, the cabin is placed on a lightweight wheeled frame making it easily transportable. Meeting modern standards for living, on the interior one can find all the things they need to get through the day—a tiny kitchen, shower, toilet, a place to sleep and even a porch. The Nine Tiny Feet Cabin does it all in a singular sustainable design, while simultaneously forgoing the need for any main grid hook ups. The only trick? Tucking everything away when you don’t need it, and easily accessing it when you do.
The 24″ by 54″ interior is enough to pack in all the things a home needs; the mini kitchen is complete with a mini cooler, sink and stove; a drain sits at the floor and shower to help keep space to keep clean; and a small vented sawdust toilet is tucked under the seat. However, the interior needs to be water-tight for the shower to work.
The entire cabin is powered by a 12-volt solar electric system with solar panels on the side and batteries tucked below. Two hinged panels of plywood bridges are located in the middle of the cabin to provide sleeping quarters.
Rainwater is collected in a small tank located on the tongue of the cabin and a grey water reclamation soil-box is postioned at the side making the cabin truly self-sustaining. The space avoids a boxy feel with the bay windows that are also able to help reduce wind resistance when under tow. While it may be just a bit too heavy to pull with a bike, the cabin is a true portable living arrangement that sufficiently answers the question of how to live frugally.
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