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210 Sq Ft Minim House Shelters Sweet Space-Saving Interior with Off Grid Versatility

by , 11/25/13



Foundry Architects, Brian Levy, Minim House, Boneyard Studios, Tiny House, Eco Architecture, Green Architecture, Sustainable Building, Downsizing,

The Minim House’s green credentials include walls made from highly insulated prefabricated SIPs, a 960 watt solar array, a 290 gallon rainwater treatment system, and all LED lighting. Inside two people can live and work comfortably. There is a 10′ galley kitchen, a 8.5′ couch, 5′ closet, office space, bed, bathroom, large windows, a flexible dining table/bar/coffee table, a full audiovisual system and even a 5′ desk that opens up to reveal a full sized keyboard. The openness of the interior gives it a light and dynamic feel.

Brian Levy spent his teenage years living in a relatively large family home with an accompanying long list of chores, high running costs and large number of possessions. During a trip to visit his sister, who was at that time working on an organic farm, he was impressed by the intimacy and efficiency of her small trailer living quarters. Brian’s Minim House updates the aesthetics and liveability of Tiny Homes such as those popularized by the Tumbleweed tiny house brand. Within its context at Boneyard Studios, it’s also an attempt to promote a lifestyle that offers the possibility for ordinary people not to be tied down by huge amounts of debt, maintenance or the responsibility of managing larger homes. The idea is simply that living with less makes life easier.

There are challenges to be overcome in Washington. D.C.’s zoning laws, which state that single residential dwellings are only permitted on alley lots of 30 feet or wider. Only a handful of such lots currently qualify. More broadly, the Boneyard Studios founders hope to change opinions about what affordable housing can be. While there are thousands of mobile housing communities across the USA providing low cost housing, they are not generally considered beautiful places. By providing a showcase of attractive affordable housing, Boneyard Studios hopes to expand the places where such micro home communities are welcome. Boneyard Studios hosts open house events, demonstrating the livability, simplicity and beauty of micro homes with the intent that attitudes and regulations can be changed to allow more of them, everywhere.

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Lead image © Tafline Laylin for Inhabitat, all others courtesy Brian Levy

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9 Comments

  1. chicagoannie January 16, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Wonderful! No sleeping loft stairs is a huge plus, but does need a shower to be a real contender. Article should state approximate cost and if the Minim can be built elsewhere (not D.C.)

  2. Gabriella Stupakoff Mor... January 15, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Btw, I am so curious if the owner has managed to stay warm with the heater?? We have read such mixed reviews about it and were afraid of being cold in our own 221sq footer that we bought a much larger heater. We live in southern Oregon.

  3. Gabriella Stupakoff Mor... January 15, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Other than our own tiny house, this one is my favorite! :)

  4. dawn lott December 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    love it would like to ask a human questions about it

  5. Geejay Langlois December 1, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    So how much would this cost?

  6. Melissa Wadsworth December 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Love this layout…for once a small footprint that doesn\’t require climbing a ladder to get into bed! Only other wish is for a bigger bathroom space that includes a tub/shower combo. Then it would be the perfect retire pad.

  7. Gayle John November 27, 2013 at 11:05 am

    It is the wave of the present and the future. Building laws need to be changed across the nation.

  8. kitty alone November 27, 2013 at 10:46 am

    The only bad thing is that the windows should be made of non reflecting glass. Birds will attempt to fly through the house ( not seeing the clear glass)and smash themselves to death on the windows.

  9. smaria November 27, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Love it! What a beautiful idea for a retreat or a cabin somewhere too!

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