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 diversity. 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, April 22

microhouse net-zero

Microhouse has begun work on a net-zero house design with Puget Sound Solar. We plan to unveil the new design in May. Join us as we work on a small house with a truly small footprint

Tuesday, April 20

ecohaus sustainable materials and finishes

Microhouse announces a partnership with ecohaus one of the top sources of sustainable building materials and green building information. Microhouse plans now feature a standard specification of ecohaus materials, including  flooring, cabinets, countertops, and paints and finishes.   Now you can bundle your favorite green products under one roof and receive a discount on design and materials.  This is a great option both for those who want an all inclusive design package and those who want to be able to pick and choose individual items. Contact us for more information about pricing and selection.


Congratulations on the opening of the new ecohaus retail outlet in San Francisco. Click here or more information  about ecohaus.

Sunday, April 11

host a virtual cottage

microhouse is looking for sponsors to host a 3d model of one of our cottages on their lot to increase awareness about backyard cottages and promote our designs.  Virtual cottage participants will receive a $200 credit towards the design of a new cottage.

100 new urban gardens

In one day can Seattle build 10 Gardens? 100? 1000?On Wednesday, January 6, a small group of people met at Solid Ground in Wallingford to discuss and begin organizing vision and action for Seattle’s First Annual city-wide food garden building event. Much excitement and vision were generated in the week following the meeting. The event is tentatively named “Spring into Bed” and this post is intended to introduce you to this effort and to elicit your ideas, thoughts and feelings on participating in such an event.


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Seattle's Year of Urban Agriculture
In February, Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle City Councilmembers announced the "2010: The Year of Urban Agriculture" campaign to promote urban agriaculture efforts and increase community access to locally grown food.