Small is the new green
Increasing environmental awareness along with economic and demographic trends favor smaller house sizes. Many cities are doing their part by updating zoning codes to allow cottage housing and small backyard cottages (detached ADU's) on residentially zoned lots. Seattle and Portland are two cities which allow backyard cottages up to 800 sq. ft. in size. These small houses provide opportunities for families, while increasing housing stock, density and affordability. Continue reading for more information about small house design and Seattle's backyard cottage ordinance or contact us to find out if your lot is eligible for a backyard cottage.
Friday, April 8
Friday, April 1
Short term rentals are an increasingly popular use for backyard cottages.
Maintaining owner occupancy requirements for backyard cottages was also favored by those attending city sponsored forums on how best to encourage the development of more backyard cottages.
Tuesday, February 2
Owner occupants act differently than developers in a number of important ways. To a home owner building a back yard cottage is a major long term investment. The majority of homeowners finance their cottages with cash or by taking equity out of their primary residence. This makes them cautious by necessity. Also, the primary impact of their development is going to be on their lot and in their neighborhood. When we begin a project a typical client wish list contains the desire to minimize the impact to their neighbors. We have and continue to work with residential developers. Not once has one of them expressed the least concern over how the neighbors might be impacted by their development.
Thursday, January 14
Backyard Cottages Community Meeting
When: Wednesday, February 3rd, 6-7:30 pm
Where: Wallingford Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Wednesday, January 6
Saturday, January 2
Saturday, December 19
Over the holidays when families gather is a good time to start the discussion about planning a backyard cottage. If you are thinking about building a backyard cottage, and would like us to preform a preliminary analysis of your property, please send us an email and tell us your address and what you plan to use the cottage for. We will get back to you after the holidays. Also, we have an invite only open house tentatively scheduled for January 3rd. The exact date is dependent on the construction schedule. If you would to be added to the invite list or to contact us during the holiday break email us at . firstname.lastname@example.org