Loved the look of this house when I visited in May 2013!
It’s awesome — so nice to see this happening in DC. But one question: where do you go to the bathroom?
Here’s a link to the video tour. https://youtu.be/XdH4M1d_JRw at 6:00 he starts talking about the bathroom. (Low flow shower/composting toilet)
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I love shou-sugi-ban! I just did it to my pergola.
I was wondering how you financed everything? That is, if you don’t mind me asking?
Unfortunately, financing for tiny homes is still tough—one’s options are generally a high-interest personal loan, credit card, or pulling from personal savings. I went with the third option, having put enough aside before construction to pay for it out of pocket.
I was wondering what type of paint/finish was used on the interior?
No paint, just some natural earthen plaster clay. More on the process here: http://www.jayaustin.info/2013/01/getting-plastered-earthen-clay-for.html
Sorry for the double comment. Thanks for the link!
I was wondering what kind of paint/finish was used on the interior walls?
I just sent you a friend request on FB! This is so awesome!!! I stumbled across your article searching for information on how to build tiny homes. I live in DC and didn’t think I would ever be able to do it here. Who taught you how to do this? I’m interested in learning myself? Some people say they learned from books, others went to school. Thanks for your time.
cool crib,love the floorplan ..been thinking of the flat roof for some time…lots of advantages.
Check out ( google “garbage truck house” ), love this U shaped living, dining, california king
arrangement. If it was framed right a water tank could be underneath table ,storage galore all around and with a loft on the other end .. 2 bedrooms. The Minim is a gem also. Questions..do you know how far you can span SIPs with a flat roof ? Are you guys familiar with radiant barrier
foil house wrap ? I was doing some research a few days ago and it’s suppose to perform on par
with traditional wrap ( the T word), priced similar with all the advantages of a radiant barrier.
Just saw Deeks tour on YouTube, had to comment directly to you. Good work, taking some pointers. Love the idea of the steel for the loft floor joists. Good work
Where did you get that low profile ladder? I like how thin it is. I can’t seem to find anything similar on Google.
Clever name…. gorgeous execution! I’ve been playing with the idea of a tiny home for the last year but was put off by the busy appearance of the space that was until I saw the matchbox. I’m not one for clutter it stunts my creativity so thank you for proving that a small space can be exactly what it needs to be!
The shape and exterior of your home are the most beautiful I’ve seen yet in the world of tiny homes. Somewhere I read that the slope of your roof is a 2% pitch. How does that handle the snow? Did it need extra reinforcement of some kind? Thanks!
Thank you! It’s a 2-degree pitch (so actually about 3.5%), and handles mid-Atlantic snow just fine with a curb-mounted skylight, 2×6 rafters, and 12″ or 16″ spacing on center. If you’re worried about weight, just be sure to space the rafters closely (keeping in mind that too close will weaken insulation value). Ah, and then blocking between each rafter and hurricane ties to attach the rafters to the wall. Throw some thick plywood on top, and you should have a plenty strong roof. :)
Thanks for replying! I’ll show all this to my husband and also my potential builders, who’ll understand your explanation a lot better than I do. :) It does seem like your design makes for more space in the loft than anything else I’ve seen or dreamed of.
I’m curious on the charred wood exterior siding. Looks very cool! Does charring the wood endow it in any way or is it just aesthetic?
It does! There’s a post about it somewhere in the archives, but in short, it makes the wood naturally rot-, fire-, and insect-resistant by burning off the carbon layer water, fire, and bugs all love. :)
Hi, We just saw your home on youtube and I have a question….what is the reasoning for the “moss counter top” ? We noticed you kept your fruit on there….does it keep longer?
We LOVE moss but have never thought about it inside……please share…I cant find anything (aside from getting rid of moss) online.
Hey Jenn, good question. It was a purely aesthetic experiment (I’m big on natural textures), and it was cool for a while, but the moss did get a little messy when brushing up against it or dropping crumbs onto it. Not sure I could recommend it, but it’s certainly an attention-grabber (and I’ve got this question a ton).
Hope that helps!
how much did you spend for this tiny house MINUS the land $$
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