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McMansion Killer: The E.D.G.E. 518 Sq. Ft. Family Cabin


The E.D.G.E. cabin, designed by Revelations Architects/Builders is 518 sq. ft. but suitable for a small family to live in.

E.D.G.E. stands for Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment. It’s a prefab small cabin with kitchen, bathroom, multi-functional living/sleeping area, and two sleeping lofts.

It’s also designed to collect rain-water. The cabin has large insulated sliding doors outside that you can use for solar heat during the day and close up at night to help keep the structure warm.

E.D.G.E. 518 Sq. Ft. Cabin: A McMansion Killer?

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  • Avatar cookie

    Such a beautiful home. Could definitely see myself living there and having room for other family and grandchildren to visit. Very sensible design.

  • Avatar Heidi

    I like all the openness, but there is nothing comfy about it at all. I could not see myself living there.

    • Avatar Hawk

      I agree! Although it does look cool; the only place of any “relaxation” is in the beds! Where is the comfort in the main level? No chairs, etc; only wood! So to the people commenting negative things in response to this Heidi’s comment – reality time is in order! as well as mirror time for being rude!

    • Avatar Cate

      Me neither.

  • Avatar Jeremy

    Love the idea. Would I make some changes? Sure. But this is a great starting point.

  • Avatar Krit

    I love this! I think that it is very livable! You can make any room, or living space comfy, by filling it with things you like. I’m sorry, but I do not agree with the people saying this is not a livable design. Add a recliner! Lol! All Kidding aside… This container has sleeping for six, comfortably, a huge bathroom and unobstructed views of its surroundings all done with a very small footprint, and with green living in mind. I know I couldn’t do better… Could you? If so, I’d love to see your designs.

    • Avatar Marlene

      I agree, great design. I wish they had the cost to build.

  • Avatar Lisa E.

    Nicely done. I just would add solar panels all over the roof, though. Totally love the sliding doors that offer storm doors, privacy and security. Very nice.

  • Avatar Chris Hutcheson

    I like it. Could easily live in it, and clutter it up in no time. I’m glad for the steps vs. ladders.

    • Avatar Mike

      Amen to that, Chris! I, for one, ALWAYS applaud a loft with steps instead of a ladder–I’m just not athletic enough (any more, if ever!)to easily climb up and down a ladder, especially in the middle of the night.

  • Avatar Brian

    Lots of thought went into this TH. Works beautifully with great design thinking. I could live in this one. Thanks for sharing. Cheers from Australia

  • Avatar Doris

    Wow! Zen and Scandinavian in one place. Love the open feeling of this house. Perfect for a woodsy site. It’s always difficult to figure out where to place non-window rooms when you have great views in every direction. The ability to close up the place in the event of a hurricane or storm is great, while enjoying it the other 98% of the year. It would be easy to customize the furniture to be more comfort-oriented, and still provide that all important downstairs bed option for us oldsters (has no one heard of cushions?)
    Aesthetics aside, during the rainy season here in the south, with large rivers easily zooming up to flood stage in no time, I think that design would put too much strain/pressure on the small system shown. I would want a walk-out balcony at that location (without the inverted roof) instead of the water collection system, but to each her own.
    Overall, very clean and neat, and perfect for a rural setting.

  • Avatar Glen

    I love this place!. It looks great inside and out, has a well thought out and liveable interior, harvests rainwater and also offers the benefits of passive solar.
    This is not just a standout small house, it is a house of the future.

  • Avatar sheila hurley

    Absolutely beautiful. One of the most thoughtfully designed and beautiful small homes I’ve seen…. don’t listen to the whiners, this is style. How much???? 🙂

    • Avatar Cate

      Style? Do you want to go out in 40 degrees below zero so you can close the light out? That is a stupid design.

    • Avatar Beth

      I agree! Insulated curtains would be useful in both summer and winter. Even vertical blinds would suffice for blocking sun/privacy. It is beautifully designed, and there are many options that could be used if someone decided that they needed a solution for the above.

  • Avatar rktrix

    Where are the bed cushions kept during daytime hours? This is very thoughtful, very clean.

    Were it mine, I would need a little comfort, though… Everything is very stiff and hard. After a day of skiing, I myself am one mass of aching muscles. No need to make it worse.

  • Avatar Catherine Wilson

    Hi;
    I love the simplicity and clean lines of the design.
    I also love the patio doors and large windows, but…..
    I estimate their surface area at about 33% of the buildings perimeter; that’s too much for an area that gets winter. Lot’s of heat loss thru those glass panes.
    On top of that they look like single, not double thermal doors. Do they heat the roof in winter to get that water catchment?

  • Avatar Karen

    Beautiful. Could be “warmed” with a little color or cosier furniture, but that is up to individual taste. I would have an additional half bath rather than only one large one.

  • Avatar Deadrock

    Sadly, no specs or prices on the website. It’s basically just a portfolio, with very little information. All questions require a call to the company.

    I love the basic design, however. If you’re not interested in the water catchment system, I wonder if the area where the water is meant to be stored could be converted to a closet off the loft bedroom that’s right next to it? That would give me a bedroom, clothes closet, and the other loft to use as a home office…assuming the lofts are tall enough to stand in, which I’m not sure about. They look like it, but photos can be misleading. Aside from room for books (which might be do-able, given some creative planning), that’s all I’d need to be happy. Well, maybe a tub. But don’t need a big kitchen, and with some comfy furniture and some personal touches, this could be very nice.

  • Avatar Karen Rogers

    Perfect if only there were a master bath.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      That’d be nice! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Gigi

    There’s a lot to like here. Customizing with color and furnishings would be easy.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Very true, Gigi! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Stewart

    To have a living room sofa be turned into “the dining table”, and also a bed is not sanitary and is unhealthy ! Not to mention the Radon Gas issue!
    Oh sure, there is a system known as the Active Soil Depressurization (ASD) system to mitigate radon gas from accumulating in a home but those are very expensive systems. And, the reason they are so expensive is because the Distributor/Installation Company can sell you only once in your lifetime, but…you’re not off the financial hook once it’s installed. In your Tiny Home it may cost you an additional $6 to $20 a month to run it, depending on who your utility provider is and what their rates are, and…to top it off ! the system needs to be serviced periodically. Can you say “More Money”. Now a “normal” full sized house will also be on the earth, which naturally emits radon gas but, a normal sized house typically isn’t hermetically sealed… so to speak. So, there are tiny air currents called “drafts” that are constantly in a normal sized home diluting the radon gas and naturally keeping it from reaching a toxic level. Unfortunately, in the last few decades with the advent of technology came the ability for builders to completely seal the dwelling from “drafts. That ability… caused in our nation, Radon Gas related deaths. The last figure I read was 21,000 last year, but you won’t see that in national news.
    Now, let’s look at Mother Nature. A normal home is required to be able to withstand a Category 1 Hurricane. Here is the standard by which Hurricanes were categorized.
    Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale
    Category Sustained Winds
    1 74-95 mph, 64-82 knots, 119-153 km/h
    2 96-110 mph, 83-95 knots, 154-177 km/h
    3 (major) 111-129 mph, 96-112 knots, 178-208 km/h
    4 (major) 130-156 mph, 113-136 knots, 209-251 km/h
    5 (major) 157-170 mph, 291-315 knots, 253-274 km/h

    There are no building standards for Tiny Homes. Anybody can build one. You don’t have to be a licensed builder.
    Do you know what “sustained winds” are? They are different than “gusts of wind”. A “gust of wind” put stress on the structure for a brief moment in time. A “sustained wind” puts stress on a structure for a prolonged period of time. Eventually impacting on the small structural weaknesses every building has in one form or another.
    A normal sized home… in most cases will go through a Category 2 Hurricane without any catastrophic or complete destruction.
    Very few normal sized homes will be standing after a Category 3 Hurricane. A Tiny Home will blow away during a Category 1 Hurricane. Unless the Category 1 Hurricane lasts for 10 minutes.
    It may still be standing, but we all no “that ain’t going to happen”!
    Now lets look at Lightning strikes. Depending on where you live in the country lighting is… an all to real concern.
    For example if you live in the lightning capital of the world which is from the Tampa Bay Area to the East Coast, in what is referred to as the I-4 corridor. Lighting is a very real threat on a daily basis from April to September and Hurricanes as well.
    If a normal sized home is hit by lighting it is extremely rare that it does complete catastrophic damage, or kills the occupants inside. In a Tiny Home you can be assured of total destruction, and death if there are occupants in the Tiny Home at the time. There you have it ! Now you’ll be making an informed decision with facts that most people are to stupid to even bother considering.

    • Avatar Jane on Whidbey

      Well, aren’t you the little ray of sunshine in my otherwise dark and desperate ignorance? Thanks!

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

        Very interesting! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Avatar Rob

      I don’t understand your comments about Radon gas. That gas tends to build up in basements since it comes from the earth. The floor of the home would block that from occurring. A smaller size home would have less floor to build up, so it shouldn’t be any more than a large home in concentration.

      A lightning strike is rare on a home and can be dissipated by proper grounding. This house was designed by a company in Northern Wisconsin. If you were to build it in a lightning or hurricane area, you would be a fool not to meet local codes so your home survives. Many of the codes that apply to main homes are avoided by Tiny homes, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t meet them anyway. If I built a tiny home in a hurricane area, I would build it with hurricane straps, windows with security film, etc. anyway.

    • Avatar Michael L

      Hopefully that rant is over! It’s an interesting home. And I’ll leave it at that!

  • Well it sure is beautiful and far from a tiny house dwelling that’s for sure… I love it’s design so I’ not even going to look for a price tag and ruin the vision…

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      I loved it too — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Samson

    Functional design, good for a weekend trip with friends. I miss the “cosiness” that make the place worth for a permanent living.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Yes I always need cozy! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Barnie

    Exquisite! And loads of possibilities for customization/personalizing. I love it.

  • Avatar louise gray

    I do like its modern lines and simplicity. But for me, it is a little too woody. Perhaps some contrasting materials would soften the overall effect. But it is very nice and I would enjoy living in it.

  • Avatar Cate

    So, in order to close it up for the night you have to go OUTSIDE. Poor planning there. Too sterile looking.

  • Avatar Mark

    Looks like everything inside came out of a 4×8 plywood panel contest…

  • Avatar Betty

    Nice, but not my type of tiny home.

  • Avatar Susanne

    I agree a little “woody” but if it greatly reduces the cost I’d take it and add “warm” touches!!!! 😉

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