This 212-square-foot home may be small, but it is the most well-known and possibly the most reported on tiny home in Washington, D.C. At this year's American Institute of Architects (AIA) Washingtonian awards, Minim House received the highest award, the Washingtonian Award of Excellence. The only other winner of the award was Washington, D.C.'s permanent supportive housing project, La Casa.
Built by Foundry Architects, Minim House uses a 960 watt solar panel and a system that captures and treats up to 290 gallons of water. The structure is built out of untreated, shiplapped cypress, and structural insulated panels. Inside, you can find a 10-foot galley kitchen, full size bed, and walnut desk that can open and real an electric piano.
Principal of Foundry Architects Will Couch told Curbed DC that it took fewer than three months to build Minim House with the overall structure only taking a matter of days.
The purpose of building a tiny home was due to the cultural shift of "people starting to value quality over quantity," as worded by Couch.
The current owner is Micro Showcase founder Brian Levy. Minim House previously received an AIA DC Chapter Award in 2013.
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