Big Ideas, Small Spaces: A Tiny House Design Workshop

September 14-15, 2013

Washington, DC

*Limited to 30 participants to allow one-on-one time with architect and builder.  **AIA continuing education credit available

About the workshop

This workshop has been designed by Boneyard Studios and Urban Density Lab.  We have designed a workshop from the perspective of the DIYer who wants more technical information and wants the opportunity to design their own house.

If you’ve devoured the tiny house blogs and books already, then this workshop is for you!  If you haven’t, don’t worry, you will receive pre-workshop materials to get you up to speed.  We want you to leave this workshop with all the technical knowledge and the planning tools to start your project!  The workshop schedule will be based on a project plan for a tiny house including major decision points and what you need to know for each stage of building.


Workshop cost = $350 (includes base plans in Sketchup designed by an architect, pre-workshop study materials, building materials list, project plan, and optional Friday nigh social at Boneyard Studios Tiny House community)

Please click here for more information on how to register

What you will get 

  • Technical details on building systems appropriate to tiny houses
  • Trailer selection: pros/cons of various existing designs and our recommendations for trailers, modifications, and how to gain the most space in your house
  • Tiny house plans: one half day will be a Google sketch-up class taught by an architect where you will start designing your own house, choosing from two base models or starting your own base plan
  • Opportunity to tour four tiny houses at Boneyard Studios and learn about the different construction styles, building systems, and interior designs
  • A detailed material list and project planning timeline for your tiny house project
  • Learn what you can do yourself versus what you should contract out
  • Building and zoning codes and how to go about finding land for your house
  • List of resources (focused on the Mid Atlantic/NE region)
  • Pre-workshop materials to get you up to speed on construction and tiny house concepts, so you can get your technical questions answered during the workshop


Click here for a more detailed schedule

The Instructors

Architect: Matt Battin, a practicing licensed architect and architecture professor was project manager for the design/build of an off-grid tiny house for the Solar Decathlon, has led architecture studios for small space design, has consulted on the design of two tiny houses at Boneyard Studios, and is restoring a vintage Airstream.

Tiny House Builder: Tony Gilchriest,  a builder with 10+ years experience has built a couple of tiny houses at Boneyard Studios in addition to numerous other traditional houses on the West Coast and East Coast.

Tiny House Community Founder: Lee Pera, the co-founder of Boneyard Studios is building a tiny house and organizes community work days on the Boneyard Studios lot.  She is a geographer who specialized in community development, mapping, and land and zoning issues.


4 responses to “Big Ideas, Small Spaces: A Tiny House Design Workshop

    • Hi Benjamin, feel free to contact me at lee (at) for more information or to work something out, but yes, there is a discount of about 35% – $225 for the spouse.

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