The Matchbox: A self-sustaining tiny home in DC




About four years ago, I set out to build a harmonious home: a simple dwelling that would allow me to live a simple life, zero-impact and filled with community and close to nature. The result of that exploration is the Matchbox, a 140-square-foot home that's entirely carbon-neutral, off-grid, and self-sustaining.

Part of America's very first tiny house community, I designed and built the Matchbox—getting by with a little help from my friends—to be functional, comfortable, and sustainable. For more about the house and its features, check out Matchbox-related posts on the blog, or head on over to the Matchbox page at Boneyard Studios.

The Matchbox has been featured in the Washington Post, CBS NewsDwellthe Atlantic, Treehugger, the Washington City Paper, NPRArchitectural Record, the National JournalUrban Turf, Country LivingThe Daily, UK Mail Online, the New York Daily NewsABC7, FOX5, FOX NewsWAMU, ReasonInhabitat, and more. For media inquiries, say hello at jay@boneyardstudios.org.




17 comments:

  1. Hi Jay ~ I commented a month or two ago on a site I can't find anymore, asking you about the pitch of your roof (I'm still trying to convince my builder that I don't need a 4:12 pitch in Portland, OR). What did you use for roofing material? Thanks so much for your help and for building such a beautiful, inspiring home.

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    1. Hey Anna! It's about a two-degree pitch (about a six-inch drop from back to front) with EPDM rubber. Hope that helps! Let me know if you need anything else.

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  2. I have decided recently to build a tiny house and I'm fascinated by yours! You're a true pioneer of diversity in housing and I admire you greatly! Love your matchbox.

    -Haley

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  3. Hi Jay! By any chance do you offer the plans for this tiny home anywhere?

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  4. Alas, I don't have any plans, but let me know if you have any specific questions and I'd be happy to help. For the most part, it's just a simple 16"-on-center box. :)

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    1. I understand you work for HUD? If so do you know if there is any funding for building a tiny home for the homeless? Thank you.

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    2. Hi Jay,

      I wondered if HUD has addressed offering funding to homeless for tiny home build?

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  5. As an employee at HUD, did you have any luck making any inroads for tiny houses? Is there anything in the manufactured housing part of HUD that is pointing toward tiny houses?

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  6. Hello! I really enjoy the layout of Matchbox but I"m curious if you ended up with a rooftop garden and how/if that would interfere with your water system?

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  7. HI Jay,

    I was just wondering with your EPDM rubber on your roof is that all you have on the top or is there something over that? i recall in your blog you said you wanted to be able to sit/stand etc up on the roof and grow a garden, I am wanting to do the same with mine and just curious what your roof set up was as it seems pretty sturdy and perfectly designed to capture rain water

    thanks

    Josh

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  8. Coverage via NPR!

    http://www.npr.org/2015/02/26/389263274/living-small-in-the-city-with-more-singles-micro-housing-gets-big

    Can you walk us through any changes that you might have made on your house since the relaxshackdotcom video? Thanks!

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  9. I too am very interested in your roofing system. I see you mention EDPM. Any specifics on how you sealed things up around your skylight? Can you use ice and water shield under EDPM? Would it hold up if you moved it often?

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  10. Hi, I saw in the video about your house that you have a jacuzzi there in the garden. Is that right? What kind did you buy? I am looking to make/buy (cheaply) jacuzzi for garden so any advice would be much appreciated. thanks! :)

    Also - can you actually move this thing if you wanted to? Would a car like Range Rover be able to move it or not?

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  11. Is there any assistance from HUD with tiny housing? How about grants?

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  12. Do you have plans and instructions for sale? There are so many details I'd like to know. Thickness of the walls. Insulation. Is that drywall on the walls? Dimensions of the loft area. What did you support the legless table with? when you pull it, is it so heavy your mileage goes to 3 miles per gallon? Could you sell a downloadable "how-to" with all the specs and instructions? Thank you!

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  13. Hi there! How did you build the loft? Are those metal slats?

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  14. Hi,

    Did you buy your trailer or have it built ..are there any plans for it?

    Thanks!

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