Rhino Cubed Combines Artistry, Simplicity, Sustainability and Security in

Unique Tiny Dwelling

Launch event on Earth Day, April 22

 Boulder, Colorado (April 9, 2014) – What happens when an artist/architect and an outdoorswoman/ environmentalist put their heads together on the tiny house movement? They create Rhino Cubed, a robust tiny structure that combines artistry and design in a distinctive yet simple living element.

Launching on Earth Day, April 22nd, Rhino Cubed is a unique take on tiny home design. Founded by Sam Austin and Jan Burton in Boulder, Colorado, the company is named after the grounded, noble mammal and the repurposed steel shipping containers called High Cubes used for each structure. Because they are water tight, sturdy and quasi-portable, the containers are excellent building blocks. Artistry and design turn them into unique living options as an off-the-grid getaway in the wilderness or an out-building living space near home.

The vision behind Rhino Cubed stems from the owners’ beliefs in ecology, individuality and conservation, and that art is inspiration. In turn, each Rhino Cubed Cube is energy-efficient—no fossil fuels are used—and secure, with functional features and artistic touches that translate to a comfortable home away from home.

 “We believe that spending time in nature and the outdoors enriches the soul and that the ever-increasing complexity of the modern world needs a complement, something smaller and simpler,” says Austin, Rhino Cubed’s artist and architect. “Living in this kind of space with off-the-grid sustainability brings you closer to nature and the more simple things that make you feel human. And the most green thing you can do is to live small.”

Available in two sizes, The Cube is 160-200 square feet of living space with insulated hardwood hickory flooring, insulated finished walls, three double-pane energy-efficient windows and a double cargo door. A 1250-watt solar generator powers a high-end refrigerator, LED lights and electronics. The full kitchen with designer IKEA cabinets includes a sink with water storage and grey water disposal, a cook top fueled by denatured alcohol and ample storage. An optional bathroom with sink, shower and composting toilet is available in the larger Cube size.

Austin’s artistry comes through in several features, including a steel Rhino horn sculpture on the outside of each unit, a sculptural steel front door and other metal detailing. The Cube also includes a creative-designed bunk bed and a graphic hand-drawn backdoor that opens for starlight sleeping. In addition, Austin has created a special bolt-on attachment system that allows a person to fasten anything from gear racks to a grill to a garden lattice on the outside.

“Sam has transformed a metal box into a robust living sculpture that can be replicated and is affordable compared to many other custom tiny homes, ” says co-founder Jan Burton. “His design is really distinctive and fun, and he makes living in 160 square feet quite manageable and comfortable.”

Austin and Burton envision the Cube as an excellent outdoor structure for a mountain getaway, hunting lodge or a lake home. They plan on several scaled-down, affordable models in the near future for use as studio space or for do-it-yourselfers to create their own tiny structure.

For more information on Rhino Cubed, visit their website at or contact Jan Burton at 214-632-6289.

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