Gallery: PREFAB FRIDAY: Twelve Cubed Mini Prefab Home


Could you live in 144 square feet of space? That’s what James Stuart of Canada set out to do and in the process created a mini prefab home with all the necessary amenities inside of 12 x 12 foot cube. Built from standard materials, the mini home starts at CDN$25,000 and has a teensy footprint, both figuratively and environmentally.

About a year ago Stuart began to be interested in building an ultra-efficient small house out of standard materials. He created Twelve3, a prefab home company, which he is now in the process of securing a manufacturer for. He plans to manufacture the homes and flat pack them in order to easily ship them anywhere. On arrival, the new owner can assemble the parts and put the house together quickly.

Inside the 144 square foot house is a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living space all on one floor. While the average 1 bedroom Canadian apartment produces 5 tons of CO2 per year and a European apartment yields 2.7 tons, the Cube only produces 0.8 tons. The home can also be powered by a solar system bringing the carbon footprint to zero. Outfitted with low flow fixtures, an on demand hot water heater, and even a guest bed, this little wonder does a lot with just 12 cubed.

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  1. Health4All March 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I strongly believe this a great innovation. I would consider the idea for my next project, if the cost can be reduced to the level where millions of low income people can afford it.

  2. chimcross May 13, 2010 at 5:43 am

    this is awesome!

  3. solarsistar May 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    we cant grow our own food nor use grey water in an apartment~

  4. Buddha1234 May 9, 2010 at 8:47 am

    its cool that this house has a small footprint.
    but you cant compare this this to an apartment which in its concept of vertical housing itself is green.

    given the option of living in an apartment or in this pre-fab home? whats your pick if you want to go-green as a mass?
    id pick the apartment.

  5. SolarSiStar May 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    My Cacitas is a few feet larger and has a wonderful yard with my xeriscape yard in it~

  6. KMart May 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm


  7. speedmaster May 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Very cool, I love it!

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