Hey there; I’m Jay. In addition to the occasional post on the Boneyard Studios site, I’m also blogging over on my personal blog with lengthier articles on either philosophical tiny house musings or technical design and build updates.
I came to DC about three years ago to attend grad school at Georgetown University, and ended up sticking around to serve as Presidential Management Fellow at the US Department of Housing & Urban Development, where I currently work (on issues, alas, not related to tiny urban housing).
Having grown up in a mix of very small homes, very large homes, and a few in-between homes, I’ve come to realize that greater space doesn’t always (if ever) equate with greater happiness. From an early age, I found myself very drawn to the idea of minimalist living: of finding a dwelling to suit one’s life, not finding a life to suit one’s dwelling. This notion has manifested itself in a variety of appealing-but-yet-unrealized forms of tiny living, ranging from sailboat to RV, from houseboat to shipping container home, and ultimately, to the house-on-wheels that I’m currently building, which I’m calling the Matchbox.
Why build a tiny home? Simple:
- Affordability. Life can be better enjoyed when one doesn’t have to worry about mounting bills, thirty-year mortgages, and the care and maintenance costs of a 3,000-square-foot house. Tiny homes can be built for anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000, and the Matchbox will probably clock in at the latter by the time it’s fully up and running.
- Sustainability. Living small isn’t a solution to all the world’s environmental ills, but orienting one’s life around harmony with one’s environment is a start. The Matchbox will be near-fully self-sustaining and entirely waste-free, with a solar array and rain catchment system that will provide all the home’s electricity and non-drinking water, and a greywater system that will put lightly-used wastewater to good use in the Boneyard Studios garden.
- Mobility. Building a home is an investment, but it doesn’t have to be one that ties its owner to one spot like an anchor. Many tiny homes, the Matchbox included, are built on wheels, meaning that when I eventually decide to leave DC for wherever life may take me, I’ll be able to bring my home with me without even packing a single box.
- Simplicity. Most importantly, tiny homes break the cycle of consumerism and upward progress that society has fallen into in recent years. Tiny homes allow one to truly appreciate what they have, focus on a few core things that bring them pleasure, and spend less time cleaning or shopping or working and more time, instead, living.
Beyond my obsession with tiny houses, I’m interested in photography, film, biking, hiking, running, camping, traveling, and reading. I’m also always open to meeting new people, so if you have any questions about the project or anything else, feel free to shoot me an email.