There are basically 4 classes of space efficient bedding options: trundle, storage/platform, murphy, and loft. The table below which outlines the pros and cons of each type. (Added bonus for comparison: futon) Trundle/Roll Out Bed Trundle/Roll Out beds pull out horizontally from underneath a platform. Trundle beds are commercially available, but most options are not […]
The Micro Showcase (MS) fits into a wider strategy to spread the appeal of micro housing across the U.S. [see ‘What is Microhousing‘]. In the interest of transparency and feedback, here is how we conceptualize the current issues, and form a strategic response and indicators. Let us know what we’ve missed. Thanks to allies at HUD […]
There are 3 basic categories of tables that transform+compact for efficient living in small spaces: coffee-to-dining tables, expandable dining tables, and wall mounted folding tables. See below for detailed charts on styles and options. Coffee To Dining Tables A coffee-to-dining table easily transforms from a small low height coffee table to an average dining table size […]
We’ve just added a policy section to the website, and updated two new pages with the latest information we have on loans and insurance for micro homes: Micro House Insurance Micro House Finance Let us know what we’ve missed!
With colony collapse disorder (CCD), populations of honeybees are significant decline due to parasites and environmental factors, so they need all the help they can get right now. With the Mayor’s signature of the Sustainability Act of 2012, DC residents can now legally and easily keep hives in their yards. So in May 2015, a beehive was added […]
Our friends at Sustainafest built a Minim House last year with some amazing summer campers. They now are planning more student tiny house builds at other schools, and an expansion of their program. To cover all these great activities, they are running an essay contest, and the winner gets the Minim! They have an all-star […]
For some, microliving is largely motivated by the current environmental crisis. For Earth Day 2015, I was recently asked to confront the question of how we personally conceive and live out our lives in a time of climate change. Beginning with a draft essay, a series of questions emerged: Are we permitted to grieve? Can we seek […]
A long winter and some administrative delays pushed off the start date, but beautiful weather welcomed the arrival of Cardozo High School students participating in the Academy of Construction and Design tiny house build at the Micro Showcase. Students will be on site working until the end of the school year to build the 160 ft2 […]
From our friends over at Tiny House Hunters, a casting call for the next season. Email Justin if you or someone you know might be interested.
While somewhat still a novelty in the U.S., around much of the world pressure cookers are standard kitchen ware. Back in the 90’s a Cuban family I lived with had at least four. On an island where propane was a precious commodity, this was the only way to economically cook beans and rice. But what Cubans and […]
Microhouse indoor air quality is of great importance given the tight spaces and tight structures many are building. There has been some piecemeal discussion about microhouse indoor air quality, but after many months of reflection on this topic (and as a BPI Energy Analyst and former DOE guy), I offer some basic guidance. In short, indoor […]
It occurred to me as I’ve toured a number of 1 bedroom apartments around DC just how little additional functionality one gets for 4x the space (and 10x the price) of a decent micro house in this town. Just for fun, I developed a matrix comparing the $55K, 210 ft2 Minim House to a fairly hum drum $525K, […]