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12×12 Cube House

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Twelve Cubed makes a 12′ by 12′ cube house. At such a small size you’d be surprised as to what fits inside. Small houses like this one create opportunities for people while helping the environment.

Small spaces can help you get out of debt or start a new career because they help you save money. Since the average one bedroom apartment is still somewhere around 800 square feet, we have to get creative to truly enjoy the benefits of living simply. That’s what James Stuart is doing with his Twelve3 prefab tiny house company. The company is based in Vancouver Island, British Columbia. These little dwellings have a variety of uses, just like other tiny houses.

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The 144 Square Foot Cube House

12 by 12 Cube House
YouTube Screenshot TwelveCubedHomes

A Tiny Structure Like This Can Be Used As A…

  • Guest house
  • Rental
  • Studio

Cube House Features

What can you fit in a 144 square foot cube house?

  • Living area
  • Kitchenette
  • Bedroom
  • Bathroom

Some designs even include a washing machine.

Windows are double pane and you can choose what type of foundation you want to use.

Sustainable Housing

Thanks to the home’s ultra small design it is very environmentally friendly.

All lighting installed are either LED or micro bulbs for efficiency.

Plus majority of the lumber used is FSC certified.

Energy Usage

An average one bedroom apartment will still produce about 5 tons of CO2 every year on average.

A cube about the size of this one will produce less than 1 ton per year. And there’s still enough room for guests to sleep.

It’s just a little more like camping when that happens.


These cube houses are built using normal materials. Its stick built with 2 x 4 lumber.

Kitchen Options

You can choose from the following options for the kitchen.

  • Propane or induction cook top
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Microwave/oven/grill combination

Cube in the News

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Cube House Being Moved

Video Tour on the News

Another interesting news report on the movement towards small houses.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • ginmar
    December 10, 2011, 9:04 am

    Wow. I really, really like this house. I love the bed on the first floor, tucked under the stairs—-it looks so cozy! It’s just tall enough to sit up comfortably. Absolutely perfect. And did you notice the steps were actually shelves?!

  • Dane Matsushita
    January 28, 2014, 10:49 pm

    Does anyone know if the Twelve Cube company still exists or at the least do they offer the build plans for interested builders?

    • D. Sean O'Neal
      June 11, 2015, 12:07 am

      So, did you ever discover if they are still around. I’d be interested in the plans, if not a kit…

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