I left for Brazil just as everything started happening on the lot. I promised I wouldn’t disappear for a month but try and stay engaged in the project while here. Thus, I write this from a hammock in rural Northeast Brazil where we’re staying with an amazing community leader and learning about the Xukuru’s fight […]
With the DCRA permit now in hand, today the good folks at KK Containers were able to bring us a 20’x8′ shipping container down from Baltimore, freshly painted and all tricked out with a new custom installed side door. This will serve as a combination garden shed and secure workshop/storage space as tiny house construction gets […]
Without a registered address, it is not possible to do very much on an un-named alley lot (even if it has a lot/square number) apart from cleaning it up, as no city permits can be granted to a lot without a street address. After five meetings at DCRA, I have formal word from the Chief Building […]
After 3 visits to DCRA, 4 contractor bids, and many hours of site planning, the concrete removal, site grading and cleanup work got underway last week. First step was to remove a stolen abandoned minivan off the site (thanks DC MPD!). Then the goal was to remove all the concrete and asphalt from the site […]
After several months of deliberation and design the excellent plans from Foundry Architects are basically complete. Minim House design stands on the shoulders of others: House 227 from the great folks at Yestermorrow, the hidden platform bed from Front Studios, the not-so-tiny homes from Stephen Marshall at Little House on a Trailer, the Solo designs from MiniHome, plans from Wheelhaus, and Idea Box’s MiniBox. Yet the design integrates […]
After a month of searching and two months of negotiation, we just closed on the lot today! Thanks to the transfer the DC government received over $3000 in back taxes owed by the seller. We hope to be much better stewards of this space than the previous owner, and engage neighbors on the project. […]
A revised site plan for the showcase, with 4 tiny studios on wheels, shipping container storage, south-facing garden area, limited parking, and fruit trees.
How does one get a reliable supply of water to garden a forlorn alley lot in DC? There seem to be 5 options: Tap the water. So, how complicated could it be to install a water spigot 100 ft from a DC water main? Off to DC Water office for 2 hours to pull maps […]