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.

Thursday, January 28

Early Prefab Housing in Washington State

Many of the prefab houses built by the govenment in the 1940's are still around including the one that I lived in for a year. An unassuming 400 sq. ft. 1 bedroom modern box. 1,800 were built in 1944. The City of Richland Published "home blown, the history of the homes of richland",  in 1993.  It is a great booklet. I look forward to doing some early prefab mashups for the microhousenw site.  The one bedroom prefab pictured below shows the gable roof added in the early 1950's.  A-Z_houses.jpg (80406 bytes)
This nice web site has an overview of the Richland letter houses.
http://ebchs.org/architecture/Richland/h_letter_house.htm

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  1. Here is the link to the Home Blown booklet

    http://www.ci.richland.wa.us/RICHLAND/Redevelopment/docs/6/docs/HOME%20BLOWN.pdf?CFID=2842352&CFTOKEN=33587977

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