There are two things that I like about this tiny home:
- The light coming in from all around — no claustrophobia as with many tiny homes.
- The bed is not in a cramped loft, as with many tiny homes. (The vertical ladders to these lofts make them doubly poor in design.)
This place is plain and simple on the outside, and thoughtfully laid out on the inside.
Brian Levy is leading his own quiet experiment on a pie-shaped, 5,000-square-foot lot in Northeast Washington. As new homes get larger and larger in many neighborhoods throughout the region, Levy is attempting to prove that less is more.
Levy’s house is 11 feet wide and 22 feet long, with 210 square feet of interior space. The house has a galley kitchen and space to accommodate a small dinner party. It also has a full-size bed — although he can’t sleep overnight there because of a provision in District law.”
Still, he hopes his “micro-house” will spark a revolution. He wants to spread the message that owners of tiny houses spend less time on such chores as cleaning and mowing — plus the structures have a relatively minimal impact on the environment. Moreover, small houses cost less to purchase and maintain when affordability is becoming a bigger issue in the District.
“I was looking for designs that are more functional for a wider range of people,” said Levy. “Micro-houses that don’t rely on a loft as a sleeping area could bring affordable housing to more people who are looking for less-expensive housing options.… Older people don’t want to deal with a loft.”