Living tiny is all about sacrificing the non-essentials and learning how to make do with less space. But just because a home is small does not have to mean that it’s also cramped. The Matchbox, which was recently built in Washington DC by Jay Austin, is a great example of just how cozy and functional a tiny home can be.

The Matchbox only measures 7.5 x 19 feet (2.2 x 5.8 m), but it is still big enough to contain a large ground-floor area, which consists of living, kitchen and utility spaces. Storage space is mostly located underneath two benches, and in cupboards along the wall. The bedroom is located in a spacious lofted area, which is accessible via a magnetically attached ladder.





The Matchbox is also highly water efficient, and has a well-thought out rainwater catchment system. The roof of this tiny house is flat and has a two-degree pitch, meaning that rainwater flows easily into the gutter. From there it flows via rain chains into three 80-gallon (364 l) tanks located under the house. This rainwater is then piped inside and used for showering and washing dishes. The greywater created in this way is also collected for reuse elsewhere. The Matchbox is also equipped with a solar array, which is capable of taking care of all its electricity needs. The exterior of the home is clad in western red cedar wood, which has been waterproofed, fireproofed and insect-proofed using an old Japanese technique called “shou sugi ban.”


The kitchen is equipped with space-efficient appliances, such as an induction stove, a small fridge and a toaster oven. The faucet of the sink is operated via a foot-pedal, which saves some additional space on the counter. The tiny home also features a wetroom style bathroom.

The sides of the house are fitted with large windows, which let in plenty of daylight and allow for great ventilation. There is also a skylight above the bed and all these windows do a great job of making this tiny house seem less cramped.

This house is part of the Boneyard Studios tiny house community in Washington DC, which is basically an experiment in simple and sustainable living.