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8×8 Tiny House Design by Hunter

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8×8 Tiny House Design Contest Submission by Hunter D.

This cabin is an eight foot cube. Length, width, and height are all eight feet.

It is pictured in plywood but could be covered in any material to suit its surroundings. It features a rainwater collection system that gravity feeds the sink and shower.

The kitchen features plenty of counter space and storage. It also has a sink, two stovetops, and a refrigerator.

The living room has couch seating for three people. The dining room has seating for four people.

Such a small space should only be inhabited by one person, so the bedroom only sleeps one. The bathroom has a composting toilet and a spacious stand up shower.

This cabin has everything you need without making it feel too cramped.

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8x8 Tiny House Design Contest

Interior Design of 8x8 Micro Cabin

Below is the inside of the home set up for dining or optionally just extending the counter space while cooking or maybe reading, studying, or using your laptop.

8x8 Micro Cabin Dining Setup

The couch converts to a bed for one.

Bedroom Setup

Bathroom and shower set up is shown below..

Bathroom Setup with Shower

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  • October 11, 2012, 1:00 pm

    Wow…this one has some pretty clever multi-functional aspects…nice work Hunter!

  • brandon
    October 11, 2012, 1:20 pm

    this is my favorite so far. by a lot.

  • Cindy
    October 12, 2012, 8:55 am

    This is really a nice use of space! I love the bathroom idea. I can see this as a little getaway in the woods, or a guest cottage. Great work!

    • October 13, 2012, 12:30 pm

      I agree Cindy, thanks!

  • Rosanne
    October 12, 2012, 6:27 pm

    Hunter, this is amazing! I like how you worked your “space magic.”

  • LaMar
    October 13, 2012, 4:31 pm

    Hiding the toilet under the bed- great idea!


  • Marsha Cowan
    October 14, 2012, 12:19 pm

    REALLY cool!!

  • Hunter Dickerson
    October 15, 2012, 1:24 am

    Since I’ve submitted this idea I have been perfecting it even more and making a building plan. If I can find an investor, I am going to build it!

  • Lisa
    October 15, 2012, 1:18 pm

    Genius design! I love it!

  • Cahow
    March 31, 2013, 10:15 am

    Well, I realize that this is an Old Topic but I’m posting for future readers who stumble upon it as I did.

    I’m an architect, so when I saw the bed situated DIRECTLY over the waste container, my head spun around like Linda Blair’s! You do realize that Airborne fecal coliform bacteria can get not only penetrate the mattress but also get into the food area, which is located no more than 2′ from the toilet, don’t you? Since it’s not a flush toilet but a ?composting? one, that means that waste material SITS inside of the collection area until emptied, festering away and going straight up into the area you sit and sleep on. Yikes! I realize that this is a theoretical house and a contest but still, I’d hate for someone to look at this and think it was a great idea. By code, you should have a minimum of one door separating a waste area from the kitchen area; ideally, it should be two doorways away but that rarely happens, especially with Powder Rooms.

    So, you sleep, sit, and prepare food in the same exact area that you take a dump. How….um….er….well, you get it.

    Now, let’s address your needing to use the toilet. And let’s face it, if you’re a man and it’s night-time, there’s only ONE reason why you’d need to sit on the toilet vs. hanging out in the woods for a quick minute. You’re sleeping tight, feel the “need” arise, you then have to completely take 100% of the bedding materials that are now nice, warm and cozy, for you to open the hatch lid completely, sit down, do your business, set the wooden hatch door back in place and THEN remake your bed???? With fresh fecal matter directly below you?

    Wow! You folks are braver and far healthier than I am! Methyl sulfides, Benzopyrrole volatiles, and Hydrogen Sulphide (smells like rotten eggs) are ALL gases emitted from voiding ones bowels. Then you have the disease factors: Hep A, Rotavirus, E. Colim and Salmonella are ALL in feces….and you’re SLEEPING over this? Hey, when 1 out of 6 cell phones can be swabbed and find fecal matter on it, just what would a swab pick up after a month of a mattress positioned directly over the toilet?

    • Jim Morrison
      March 31, 2013, 3:56 pm

      Possibly good points all, mr. architect, so how about some solutions? We are such a spoiled society. We’ve had indoor ‘facilities’ for so long, we’re not willing to give them up. Outhouses obviously did more than separate us from the odors, and a pee bottle works well with the male apparatus, so no need to tear apart the bed. And perhaps a muffin fan or such could evacuate the bad airborne bugs? In fact, ventilation in general would be nice in this clever supertiny house.

      • Cahow
        March 31, 2013, 4:20 pm

        Wow, you don’t have to be so mean in your reply, Jim. I didn’t attack Hunter or the bulk of his design, just the mattress on top of the loo. And like the other entries, it IS a clever design for a supertiny house. But, the other entries managed to separate waste disposal and sleep, that’s all.

        “Spoiled Society?” Hmmmmm, since the first sanitation system has been found in the prehistoric Middle East, is over 3,000 years old and in working order, I’d beg the question that humans are “spoiled” after 3 millennium of enclosed sewage systems. And the Roman’s were famous for their complex sewer networks, going all the way back to 46 BC and 400 AD.

        I grew up with an outhouse and bedpan from birth to 16 and then every Summer after that for years, until the farm was sold. So, I guess if wanting my waste products not part of my mattress or liking a flush toilet is considered spoiled, then I’ll sign on the dotted line, right along with the Romans.

        • Bobbie
          March 26, 2016, 3:30 pm

          Okay, um, hi. I’m new to this website so I was just looking at this now, so I can guarantee that nobody will read it, but still. If no one has noticed, 8 by 8 by 8 is probably smaller than a bathroom. ANY way to fit anything that remotely resembles a house in there is a true feat.

    • Tiana
      September 3, 2014, 6:43 pm

      If the dweller had Hep A they wouldn’t be worried about catching it from themselves now would they? And the sink is literally at-hand so as long as they wash before picking up their cell phone no transfer there either. The shower curtain could track on over to provide the same services for the commode. I would prefer though, to duct a computer fan out the bottom of the box that houses the crapper can to remove the gasses of a freshie in that brief moment before it gets covered with cedar shavings, pine pellets, etc. Composting is a much more honorable and sanitary means of transforming ones waste than sending it off to be “diluted” in the ocean or watershed.

      • Christopher
        May 21, 2016, 5:22 am

        There is a “new toliet” that should help this problem. I found it on pintrest. It seals the waste product and takes the air out. Batery life is about 6 months before a recharge and good for 3oo “uses”.Cost is around $500 or so. i am a double amputee below the knee and this toliet seems to solve some problems for me.

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