Washington DC is no exception to the National Standard of restricting how & where people choose to build their homes. Building code in DC hasn't been updated in 58 very long years. MicroShowcase has a great way of explaining DC very confusing building code. Click Here!
It's mind boggling how Elected Officials and Residents have failed to push for updates on building code. Furthermore mind boggling is how developers in DC are getting away with bending such codes to work to their advantage when constructing 4 story "pop ups" that totally ruin the historical aspect of DC row homes.
Side note- For those unaware of the DC pop-up situation see The Prince of Petworth's rendition, it's quite disturbing how builders are getting away with this. Click Here!
Many people have become privy to tiny living for many reasons.
- Reduces debt from a lifetime mortgage to on average 5-10 years
(If you don't pay as you go, eliminating debt all together.)
- Allows you to better appreciate the space and things you have.
(The less the merrier!)
- No more endless cleaning!
(cleaning 200 square-feet is a breeze)
- Reduces food waste
(Limited food storage situation, how much food can you really waste??)
The real question is- Can we (purposefully) live tiny in DC?!
The answer- ...maybe. But not currently.
There's a small plot of alley land in NE DC where MicroShowcase has a tiny compound of sorts. Studio, living space, and trailer house (not as trailer park vibe as you'd expect). The first time Oscar and I drove pass this compound (while trying to escape the seemingly endless traffic of North Cap St) we were blown away. I actually stopped the car and Oscar wanted to get out to find out more, and of course oogle it. However we were trying to escape traffic because we has somewhere to be, so on we journeyed. We've passed this place a few more times and each time we pass, we slow roll to admire and imagine- could this one day be us?
Each conversation of our aspirations to become tiny homeowners usually ends in a "But why?" with a confused look. "You won't be able to fit all your stuff in a shipping container!" "Won't you get sick of being so close to each other??" and also the classic "Well that's just silly."
We'll see how silly it is when we have a very affordable home with everything we need and nothing we don't.
Have you been curious about the world of tiny homes? Do you live in a tiny home?
Whats the deal DC? Why can't we see that not everyone fits in the conventional row house or apartment building? Holla back with your insights :)