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.
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At microhouse we are excited to begin the design of the nine-unit pine grove cottage housing project. These 550 sq. ft. mini houses will incorporate the all of the functions of a larger house including one bedroom, one bath, a kitchen/dining room, living room, formal entry, and large front porch. Here the front porch will provide its traditional role as a nice place where people can interact with their neighbors. While the clustering of these cottages around shared common spaces, including gardens and natural open space, will create opportunities for informal social interactions and chance meetings.
The pine grove cottages provide affordable model for future development. Efficiently meeting the needs of the residents will literally and figuratively reduce the developments footprint. Clustering development reduces building cost and infrastructure costs, reduces environmental impact and leaves more open space for natural plantings or gardens.