Toybox Home: simplicity and recreation

The Toybox Home combines modern design compositional forms with a simple material palette to express a whimsical concept: a home is a place of peace, simplicity, happiness and recreation.

Designers: Frank Henderson and Paul Schultz


A white, energy efficient, thermoplastic roofplane (TPO) and painted cedar base wrap three colorful corrugated fiberglass cubes and natural cedar siding to create the basic compostion of the home.

The painted cedar base holds a planter that outlines the trailer of the house. Gray water from the house’s sinks can be plumbed to irrigate the planter.

A large sliding glass door and an assortment of square awning windows accentuate the facade allowing ample natural day-lighting and ventilation.

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The cubes and sloped building “wrapper” that enclose the Toybox’s exterior transfer to the interior helping to define 140 sf. of simple, functional and versatile spaces that satisfy all of the basic needs of home.

A finished plywood surface wraps the sloped ceiling, wall and floor of the home’s interior. Blown in blanket (BIBs) insulation, radiant floor heating and natural ventilation (cross and stack) keep inhabitants comfortable year-round. Hidden LED strips and outlets located throughout the home provide lighting and power.

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