Thinking inside the box: £10,000 cube home takes just FOUR hours to build

The compact house doesn't even need planning permission

A university boffin has created what he believes is a solution to the UK's looming housing crisis - ­ a three-storey flat pack home.

Dr Mike Page has created the QB2 'cube house', which measures 3m tall and 4m wide, and can sleep up to two people.

The house is said to be as easy to put together as an Ikea bookcase and takes just four hours to build.

Despite the cube's compact dimensions, it features a lounge, spiral staircase, kitchen, full size bathroom and bedroom - all spread over three floors.

It achieves this through ingenious internal design doubling up bookcases as a mini spiral staircase and storage under the kitchen.

Remarkably, the structure costs as little as £10,500 and does not require planning permission because it is under 4m in height.


The QB2 'cube house', which measures 3m (10ft) tall and 4m (13.1ft) wide which can sleep up to two people (NTI …

The house has three floors and takes just four hours to put together (NTI Media)

The compact kitchen includes a fridge and sink area (NTI Media)

The QB2 will go on the market early next year and range between £10,500 to £45,000 in price. Because of the small dimensions, the structure has the same planning status as a static caravan.

Dr Page said the QB2 could be put together within four hours and the completed cubical home is put together "like flat-pack furniture".

"If someone can put up an Ikea Billy bookcase then they can put this up," he commented.


Even a bathroom is squeezed into the small home "It takes around four hours to put the cube together, however it would obviously take longer when you add in the furniture... Inside the QB2 there is a lot of practicability, with things such as the dining table being able to move on whilst still be attached to the wall, giving more room to move around and also lounge on the sofa."

The QB2 made its TV debut on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces on Channel 4 last week.

Dr Page, an engineer at the University of Hertfordshire, decided to make the cube in order to teach people how they could help the environment.

"The QB2 has everything a normal home has, except it is all scaled down, however, there is still enough room for people with a double bed a feature available," he said.

For more information on QB2, visit www.cubeproject.org.uk.




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