Cubby Houses for Community

Through a series of workshops, we worked with parents to develop, design and prototype custom cubby houses for their children.

Context

The Edge is committed to ensuring people from diverse communities are able to access its facilities and develop the skillset to ‘Do it Yourself’. The Cubby Houses for Community project is a part of The Edge’s commitment to inclusivity and outreach, engaging with marginalised communities to design and build children’s cubby houses.

Nuts and Bolts

The story begins back in October 2014. The Edge team put the call out for parents to get involved with an upcoming DIY project. The idea was to collaborate with the parents and work with them to design, prototype and construct custom cubby houses for their children. This process put the spotlight on education and upskilling; developing skills in conceptualisation, design and manufacturing.

With the families on board, the next step was to reach out to the community and connect with local businesses. A project of this size cannot be done without the support of other organisations. So, in steps some incredible people and their businesses to help The Edge and the families see this project realised.

Through a series of workshops, our facilitators worked with the parents to develop, design and prototype the cubby houses, with the final two days concluding last week as the houses were constructed and painted. Each cubby house was designed in modules with self-supporting walls and uses no glue, no nails and no screws! The entire house clicks, drops and slides together using the design of just three joints. With a set-up and pack down time of around 15 minutes, these small spaces are intelligently designed and fit together like building blocks.

Learnings

  • Everyone can design and make with the right tools and support – cue The Edge’s community makerspace!
  • It doesn’t always go to plan! The design and testing of the cubby house modules took a little bit of tweaking to get right.
  • Community sponsorship is invaluable in large projects like this – with thanks to Jillian Breadmore, Laminex Australia, McClintock’s Transport in Gympie and Michael Miscamble from www.mmake.me.

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Legacy

  • The design files are available from The Edge – if you’re interested, email us and we’ll share them with you!
  • We have hopes of running another workshop!

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