Big Ideas, Small Spaces: A Tiny House Design Workshop

September 14-15, 2013

Washington, DC


Boneyard Studios and Urban Density Lab 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, you will be getting 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!


*Limited to 30 participants to allow one-on-one time with architect and builder

Workshop Fee: $350 (includes optional Friday evening social at Boneyard Studios lot)

Fill out interest form to get more information on registration


please see detailed schedule for more information

  • Technical details on building systems appropriate to tiny houses

  • Tiny house plans: one day of the workshop 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 different tiny houses at Boneyard Studios and learn about the different construction styles and building systems and decide what will be appropriate for your project

  • Material list and project planning timeline: learn how to plan and organize your project to save time and money.

  • Learn what you can do yourself versus what you should contract out

  • Learn about relevant zoning codes and recommended building codes

  • List of resources (focused in the Mid Atlantic/NE region)

  • Pre-workshop study materials to get you up to speed on construction and tiny house concepts, so you can get your technical questions answered during the workshop


Your presenters include Matt Battin, a practicing licensed architect and architecture professor who built an off-grid tiny house for the Solar Decathlon, is consulting on tiny houses at Boneyard Studios, and is restoring a 1974 Airstream ; Tony Gilchriest, a builder with 10+ years experience who is building tiny houses at Boneyard Studios, and Lee Pera, the co-founder of Boneyard Studios who, when not working on her tiny house, organizes community events related to tiny houses in DC.


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