27 January 2013
1:00PM - 3:00PM

Boneyard Studios
Tiny House Community
Washington, District of Columbia

$25.00 Members/Non-members. $15.00 Assoc. AIA/Students. 1.0 HSW LU. Registration required. AIA|DC will provide coffee and hot chocolate to keep everyone warm!

Join AIA|DC and Boneyard Studios for a Tiny House Open House. Participants will get to explore DC's first community of tiny dwellings, and talk to the home owners and architects who are making it all possible! 

Lee Pera's house is a tiny house remodel that started from an existing tiny house shell on an 18-ft-long trailer that she bought in July. Tony Gilchriest, builder, and Matt Battin, architect at Urban Density Lab, have both worked significantly to improve the project. The project uses locally-harvested, sustainable wood, RV technology to reduce energy use and save space, a cedar rain screen siding system, and closed-cell spray foam insulation. Having moved every couple of years for the majority of her life, Lee became fascinated with tiny houses several years ago as a way to finally own her own home while also maintaining the ability to move. In addition to Matt and Tony's work on the house, she hosts work days every Saturday where numerous volunteers help her with the house and learn about tiny house construction.

Minim House is designed by Foundry Architects (DC) and Brian Levy. Brian and David Bamford of Element Design + Build started construction in October 2012 at Boneyard Studios. The tiny house occupies a 11' x 22' footprint, with 210 square feet of interior space. It is built with SIPs and will include a rainwater catchment/treatment system and a PV array. After rehabbing a DC row house and returning from Burning Man, Brian wanted a new compelling design challenge, an engaging new community project, and a way to potentially decrease living expenses and make paid employment optional.

The Matchbox is a 140-square-foot tiny home being built at Boneyard Studios, Future inhabitant Jay Austin began construction (with the help of builder Tony Gilchriest) in July 2012, driven by the desire for a simpler, more affordable, more mobile, and more sustainable lifestyle. Functionally, the home will employ a flat roof, sleeping loft, and shou sugi ban siding; it also strives to be entirely off-grid and passive upon completion. Key (planned) sustainability features include a hidden rain catchment system, solar array, greywater management system, and water-free incinerating toilet.

Who should attend this tour? Professional architects and the public.

After attending this open house, participants will be able to:
1.) describe the various reasons -- personal, financial, sustainable, etc. -- that Boneyard Studios home-owners have chosen to build a tiny home;
2.) confidently describe the sustainable aspects of locally-harvested, sustainable wood, RV technology (to reduce energy use and save space), a cedar rain screen siding system, and/or closed-cell spray foam insulation;
3.) explain why SIPs, rainwater catchment/treatment systems, and PV arrays make it possible to decrease living expenses; and 
4.) identify the various tiny house attributes that will allow their inhabitants to live off of the grid.

Tiny houses will be viewed in hour-long shifts. To be certain that everyone gets to see the houses and talk to the owners/architects, you will be asked to indicate what time you plan to attend the open house: 1:00 - 2:00pm; 1:30 - 2:30pm; or 2:00 - 3:00pm.