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Community First! Village Micro House 2

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  • The exterior of a tiny home at dusk.
  • t=The screened in porch of a tiny home.
  • The front facade of a small home.
  • The front door and wooden kitchen of a tiny home.
  • A small wooden bedroom with a sliding door.
  • A small wooden bedroom and closet.
  • The quaint interior desk of a tiny home.
  • Leonid Furmansky Tiny Home by McKinney York Architects

This Microhouse was recognized by AIA Austin in 2023 with a Design Award of Merit.

“So, they crafted a sleeping area, they crafted a living area, they created an expansion of the home with the screened in porch, still giving sense of privacy and belonging, and yet doing int in this tight, compact, extraordinarily affordable package and creating a sense of home.”

– Stephanie Kingsnorth, AIA

Project Details

Our second pro-bono micro house, designed for Community First! Village’s phase two expansion applied lessons learned from phase one.  We also had the opportunity to work directly with a resident in the design of their home.  The house is slightly over 200 square feet with a 60-square-foot screened porch, an integral feature that helps enhance the sense of community by allowing residents to enjoy the mild Texas weather while providing protection from insects.  Inside, a sliding barn door separates the sitting area from the sleeping area and provides additional privacy, while framed openings above the sliding door allow for airflow between the two spaces.  The 12-foot ceilings create a sense of a space larger than its efficient footprint. Carefully configured windows maximize natural light and views while maintaining privacy.  The butterfly-shaped roof not only represents transformation and growth but also captures rainwater, which is shared as a communal resource for watering houseplants.  Durable materials include fiber cement board-and-batten exterior siding and clear-sealed pine shiplap siding on the interior.



  • AIA Austin, Design Award of Merit, 2023
  • Austin Home & Design Magazine, Commercial: Community Project Award, 2022



  • Dwell, Austin’s Community First! Village Unveils Affordable New Micro Homes, Feb 2021
  • EASTside Magazine, Austin’s Community First! Village Unveils Affordable New Micro Homes, May 2021
  • Architect Magazine, Small Houses, Big Impact, Apr 2021
  • Inhabitant, McKinney York Architects designs a micro-house for the homeless, Jan 2021

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