Modernist Matchbox is an off-grid micro-house in a micro-village

Jay Austin
© Jay Austin

Last year, we took a look at Boneyard Studios, a micro-village of tiny homes that has taken shape on a once-vacant lot in the Washington DC area. We took a peek at Jay Austin's then-unfinished 142-square-foot space, intended to become a self-sustaining, off-grid home clad in a distinctive layer of charred cedar wood (in the Japanese tradition of shou sugi ban). Austin has since completed the interiors of his Matchbox home to impressive effect, featuring a well-lit, modern interior that feels much bigger than its 7.5 by 19 feet. Check out Austin's video tour here:

© Jay Austin

The ground floor includes a generous living area and kitchen, in addition to storage. The central area is flanked by large windows that let in plenty of daylight. According to Jetson Green, the kitchen has smaller and more energy-efficient appliances, while the sink's faucet is operated via a foot pedal to save even more counter space. Above the entry alcove is a bedroom loft, accessible via a magnetic ladder. The best thing about this loft is that you can stare at a the night sky from bed, thanks to a strategically placed skylight window.

© Jay Austin
© Jay Austin
© Jay Austin

Rainwater is collected via a slightly sloped roof that directs water into a gutter and down rain chains and into three large 80-gallon tanks under the house, for use in dishwashing and showering; this greywater is also recycled. Electricity is generated with a solar array.

© Jay Austin

It's another striking instance of the modern tiny home that doesn't feel overly cutesy but livable, comfortable and thoughtfully designed. See more over at Boneyard Studios.

Tags: Architecture | Less Is More | Living With Less | Small Spaces | video | Washington DC

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