Two years ago, three tiny house enthusiasts got together on a crumbling alley lot in Northeast DC and built the first intentional tiny house community in America. Since its humble beginnings in early 2012, Boneyard Studios has grown to more than just a few tiny homes: it has become a showcase, a music venue, a garden, a bike-in movie theater, and much more. Over the past two years, we’ve welcomed nearly 6,000 visitors to our lot for tiny house tours, tiny house concerts, tiny house book readings, and community work days, and we’ve kept them always—and forever—free. We want to keep fostering that community, to keep providing a free place for people to create and share, a place for more tiny houses, a place for local art, agriculture, and architecture.  We’re going to need more space.

Boneyard Studios, September 2014.

Boneyard Studios, September 2014.

So this year, the Pera House and the Matchbox (and any other tiny houses interested in coming along for the ride) are hitching up and traveling to lands unknown (somewhere in DC; we’re just not yet sure where) to repurpose another unused urban space, and to make it available for everyone to enjoy. But to make that happen (and to keep things free), we could really use your help. Here’s how:

Donate. Here’s a link. Please—if you’ve ever made it out to Boneyard Studios or if you haven’t and just want to support what we’re doing—consider clicking it and donating whatever you can to help us out. As a token of our appreciation, we’re offering the following to supporters:

  • Any amount: tons and tons of love and gratitude
  • $25: a personal thank-you card from Lee and Jay
  • $50: your name (or message) forever enshrined at our new space
  • $100: a personal tour of the houses for you and your friends or family (or both!)
  • $200: a night in one of our world-famous tiny houses (the Pera House or the Matchbox)

Help us find land. We’re looking for land within DC to lease or buy under a cooperative or land trust model—community land owned by the community. So please, keep an eye out for empty, unsightly lots that could use a little creative energy, or if you already have one in mind (or if you just so happen to own one), let us know.

Help us find people. If you can’t give money or land or tips about space in the city, maybe you know someone who can. We’d love to borrow your social network—if you wouldn’t mind facebooking, tweeting, or whatever-ing this page to your friends, that’d be awesome. Or if you know someone who might want to be more closely involved in our Boneyard Studios expansion, please put us in touch.

Expect much more in the coming months, and many thanks for two great years of support thus far.

<3,
Lee and Jay
Boneyard Studios

Fine print: Every dollar donated will be spent toward furtherance of DC’s tiny house community, and not a cent will be spent on the tiny houses themselves or kept by the tiny house owners. Instead, we’ll be using the money for things like community-accessible furniture, firepits, tool workshops, art installations, city permits, and—depending on the land we settle on—cooperative land leasing or ownership. For questions about donating, let us know.

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Join the conversation! 13 Comments

  1. […] The owners of Pera House and The Matchbox plan to push the tiny house envelope further in DC by expanding Boneyard Studios to another lot. They envision using a cooperative or land trust model for the space. You can find more information to help them out here. […]

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  2. I am fascinated by the Tiny House Movement. Land just across the street from me (Arlington) is being developed & will hold 9 mansions.

    We are a street in a neighborhood that is old, has locally owned shops (Westover) and family friendly businesses (Heavenly Bodies Clinic, Chinese Medicine).

    On our street there are only 4 houses, built in the 1940’s: a house that rents to young professionals (weekend parties!), a multi-generational family home (kids and oldsters playing ball in the street), a Korean family (cultural festivities), an African American family and a caucasian family (intergenerational, intercultural and interracial!).

    If ONLY we could have Tiny Houses instead of mansions across the street!

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  3. I own an alley lot in Kingman Park and would enjoy talking about possibilities.

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  4. […] we’re just looking to do what we can to promote local arts. To support our mission and our plans to expand to a new location where we can do even wilder and crazier things than bringing five plays to three tiny houses for […]

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  5. This is way out of your neighborhood. But I wanted to share this article about a town of 22 tiny houses near Whistler BC. It’s pretty amazing. Imagine what the right group of tiny house enthusiasts could do with this place.

    http://globalnews.ca/news/1513118/ghost-town-mysteries-bradian-b-c-a-ghost-town-for-sale/

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  6. […] for another prospective DC space to inhabit.  But they need help and people to contribute.  Click here for more information about helping out.  I think this is a wonderful idea for recreating those […]

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  7. […] offering and want to see more? Consider making a (much-appreciated!) donation to support Boneyard Studio’s expansion to bring even more local and creative and arts, architecture, and …. Or, bring your own creativity to Boneyard Studios: let us know if you’d like your art […]

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  8. My name is shaun blake I am graduate student studying landscape architecture and I work at the Community Forklift.
    First, I believe that we at the community forklift can help you with your mission. Please use us as a resource.

    Secondly, I am working on a thesis that involves the generation of strategies for the development and design cooperative housing neighborhoods.

    I would like to speak to your organization about any possibility of learning from you.

    Thank you for your time .

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  9. […] example of what we’re all about at Boneyard Studios: awesome events, free space for artists, big silly dreams that always seem to work […]

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  10. […] we did our best to work through these issues and others, putting on a positive face for people eager to learn more about tiny houses. But internally our community was beginning to […]

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