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Minim Home: How This Man’s Tiny House Changed D.C.’s Tiny House Laws

You’ve probably seen the Minim Home, it’s a sleek and modern 210 sq. ft. tiny house designed by Brian Levy.

But did you know Levy’s story? After building a house for himself, he started selling the plans for his build. But now, you can purchase the house, fully-decked-out, on his website. Even better? His first tiny house actually helped recently to loosen the laws restricting tiny houses in Washington, D.C.!

Be sure to read just how he got from tiny house owner to entrepreneur here on Home and Decor, and exactly how the laws are changing here.

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Minim Home: How This Man’s Tiny House Changed D.C.’s Tiny House Laws

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Highlights:

Kitchen: a 10 foot wide galley affords room for 2 cooks in the kitchen. It’s designed to accommodate a 7.1 cubic foot refrigerator under the counter, or has adequate room for a fuller size fridge to either side of the kitchen window. Kitchen wall space can accomodate mason jar racks with 50+ quart jars.  An in-counter cooktop saves space by hiding under a cutting board.

Livingroom: light floods in huge windows on three sides.  Above, a cathedral ceiling makes the space feel free.  A 8.5′ couch easily accommodates 5 adults, with additional seating for 1-2 on top of the bed platform. A 5-in-1 Cubista ottoman from Resource Furniture adds up to 5 more seats in front of the window or around the dining table. The couch also is wide enough to serve as a comfortable guest bed, with storage underneath.

A/V: the large window array next to the door is conveniently sized in 9:16 proportion, and a projector screen hanging above it doubles as a shade. A small LED projector affixed to the bookcase 10′ away can transmit a 100” image, accompanied by speakers on either side of the window.

Office: the 5’x7′ office/storage area sits atop the bed platform, and allows space for a full size keyboard, a generously wide desk, and a through-the-wall a/c unit built into the cabinets.

Bedroom: a full or queen size bed hides under the platform, and easily slides out from underneath. Two locking casters secure it. When extended, there is space to walk around it on three sides, and it maybe positioned directly in front of the projector screen if desired.  A 6” natural latex mattress provides a remarkably comfortable bed comparable to the best sprung mattresses.

Table x5: A 4′ solid wood table with a removable base may be positioned around the house as desired, or completely removed and stored in the closet. Dining table, coffee table, bedside table, additional desk, or additional kitchen prep space.

Storage: a standard width, 5’ closet feels far more adequate than the sliver of space in some other tiny houses. In addition, two 8′ tall bookcases can handle two hundred books or other wares.

Bathroom: The bathroom is a wet bath arrangement, with showerhead over the sink area, all enclosed in stainless steel. The incinerator, composting, or standard toilet is tucked in and screened off with a shower curtain when the water is spraying. The bath may be extended longer if desired by eliminating one of the bookcases.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Scotland.




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  • Large Marge December 16, 2016, 3:12 pm

    Kitchen on an end-wall. Thumbs up.

    District of Corruption. Thumbs down.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 19, 2016, 11:33 am

      But they are accepting tiny houses a bit more 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Carol Perry December 16, 2016, 11:49 pm

    I love everything about his home! It’s beautifully done! Awesome kitchen! Clever idea having the wall shelves on the back wall especially since it holds all those Mason jars! Comes in real handy!! Love his style!?

  • alex February 12, 2017, 12:15 pm

    Obsessed with that kitchen! Great spot and layout for it. I wonder if I could do ok with a smaller fridge. Awesome couch and those ottomans! I could totally live in this one

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