If you were watching George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces last week you’ll probably have been impressed by the QB2 low carbon house by the Cube Project at the University of Hertfordshire.
The building has a striking contemporary exterior but its inside where the magic happens, the relatively small 3m x 4m footprint cleverly accommodates a fully functional kitchen, a 4m long galley bathroom, a living area with seating for unto four people, a four seater dining table, and a full size double bed, plus ample storage – wow!
All of the above is achieved with a clever spiral layout where one function sits above another, not that headroom is compromised, George Clarke a tall man of 6ft plus had space above his head!
The QB2 is designed as self contained living space for one person or a couple to live, and would certainly be an option at the bottom of the garden.
Not only has a lot of thought been given to the internal layout, but to the construction of the building too. The QB2 is designed to be low energy and offers the potential to have zero energy bills and actually receive payments for the energy it generates thanks to the Governments Feed-in Tariff. Energy saving design features include, a highly insulated structure, Passivhaus standard doors and windows, low energy appliances and solar panels.
The QB2 is available to buy from Bolton Buildings as a kit for the self builder, or on a professional installation basis, the post and beam structure allows the structure to be assembled and made weather-tight in as little as 4 hours, with a complete building achievable in 3 – 4 days – impressive!
We feel sure the QB2 will be popular with our readers, especially the self build option. With prices starting at £9,495 plus VAT for the foundations and framework as a self build kit, rising to £35,608 plus VAT for the complete building with fittings as a self build kit. The QB2 is certainly a competitive with other designs on the market. If you would prefer to have the QB2 built and kitted out for you so you can move straight in, you are looking at £42,700 plus VAT.
For more information about this exciting concept, contact Bolton Buildings on 01825 872772 or visit their website.