Green EDGE Home Just 320 Square Feet

From the outside, it’s a little box of a house no bigger than a two-car garage. From the inside, it’s a perfectly designed little home, constructed to maximize economy while minimizing environmental impact. Meet the EDGE, an acronym for Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment, from Wisconsin’s Revelations Architects.

This 320 sf modular home makes the most of every square inch, featuring custom-built, multi-functional transformable furniture, a central living space, and two 80 sf loft bedrooms. The two mechanical areas–bathroom and kitchen–are contained at either end of the house, which comes essentially as two boxes. This modular design was also made for easy construction and relocation (the prototype EDGE has actually been assembled, taken apart and moved three times in six months). Besides presenting a minimum of space necessary to heat and cool, this little house was designed with such earth-friendly features such as rainwater collection, geothermal heating and cooling, air-to-air heat recovery, passive solar windows, and insulated exterior shutter doors that minimize nighttime heat loss.

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image via Gizmag

Revelations President Bill Yudchitz told Gizmag that the prototype house is about more than just simplicity for the sake of the environment, though. “The EDGE is about trying to have less,” he said. “We all have so much materialism, myself included, that the stuff gets in the way of life [and] our relationship with other people. The less we have the less time it takes to own it and the better chance we have of keeping it from owning us… is it spiritual to want to relate to the world without baggage? I think so!”  See for yourself for $60,000 to $150,000.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.