Washington, DC (January 18, 2013) – On Sunday, January 27 homeowners of some of the smallest homes in DC will open their doors for the first Tiny House Open House. Presented by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) and Boneyard Studios, the Tiny House Open House offers visitors the chance to explore the small homes and talk to the homeowners and architects behind each building.
“We are very fortunate to be collaborating with Boneyard Studios to bring this progressive residential architecture event to the DC area,” said Mary Fitch, Executive Director of AIA|DC. “These tiny houses stress design over size, and are an excellent testament to the fact that bigger is not always better.”
The Tiny House Open House features three small homes—Lee Pera’s house, Minim House and the Matchbox.
Lee Pera’s house is a tiny house remodel that started from an existing tiny house shell on an 18-ft-long trailer. Tony Gilchriest, builder, and Matt Battin, AIA, architect at Urban Density Lab, have both worked to improve the project. The home uses locally harvested, sustainable wood, RV technology to reduce energy use and save space, a cedar rain screen siding system and a closed-cell spray foam insulation.
Designed by Foundry Architects (DC) and Brian Levy, Minim House occupies an 11’ x 22’ footprint, with 210 square feet of interior space. It is constructed with SIPs and will include a rainwater catchment/treatment system and a PV array.
The Matchbox is a 140- square-foot tiny home currently under construction at Boneyard Studios. Future inhabitant Jay Austin began construction in July 2012, driven by the desire for a simpler, more affordable, more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Key (planned) sustainability features include a hidden rain catchment system, solar array, greywater management system, and water-free incinerating toilet.
The meeting location for the Tiny House Open House is in the Stronghold neighborhood of Northeast DC. An exact address and directions will be sent to attendees upon registration. The event will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2013. Tiny Homes will be on display in hour-long shifts—1:00 until 2:00 pm; 1:30 until 2:30 pm and 2:00 until 3:00 pm. The cost to attend is $25 ($15 Assoc. AIA/Students). Registration is required. AIA|DC will provide coffee and hot chocolate.
For more information, please visit http://aiadc.com/calendar/event/tiny-house-open-house.
ABOUT THE AIA|DC:
Founded in 1887, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) represents more than 2,100 members and is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012. The Chapter was intimately involved in the design and planning of Washington, and continues to play an active role in city development. AIA|DC advances the value of architecture for its members, the profession, and the community. In late 2011, AIA|DC created the District Architecture Center in Penn Quarter to provide numerous programs for the public and industry professionals.
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