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.

Monday, January 31

congregate housing for seniors

Congregate housing is a great idea for seniors who need more care than they can afford on an individual basis. The congregate model allows seniors to share some basic services and care with up to eight others. In Seattle congregate housing is allowed on residentially zoned lots which makes it more affordable and allows the senior housing to be located in residential neighborhoods near families. 


   oma cottage

The oma cottage was developed with help from Husky Senior Care to provide an pleasant living environment for seniors. It features a front porch, a bay window eating nook with bench seating, 1 bedroom, 1 full bath and a small kitchenette.  The oma cottage is 350 sq. ft. and measures 22 ft. x 18 ft.  It can be used as a stand alone cottage or as part of collection congregate cottages.  


cottage plan


congregate cottage garden view

Thursday, January 6

PNA home design and remodel fair

This years PNA Home Design and Remodel fair Sunday, January 30th.  Join us to learn more about backyard cottages and small house design.  Two of our partners, Ncompass Cottage Company and ANR Landscape Design, will also be exhibiting at the PNA show.  Allowing us to able to talk you through all phases of your project from schematic design through permitting and construction. We will be located in the north east corner of the red room.


Phinney Home Fair