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.

Friday, September 30

magnolia cottage takes shape

As we approach the beginning of October, construction of the Ben and January's backyard cottage is well underway.   The cottage will feature two bedrooms and one bath and will be used as a rental unit.


 

partner profile - ANR Landscape Design

Anri Rapelje is a landscape architect that we have worked with on a number of projects including the Magnolia Eco Cottage.  Landscape design is an important part of any small house design.  In this case, the cottage is located on a particularly difficult steep slope site with stringent environmental requirements.  Despite the constraints, Anri was able to create a beautiful, functional and affordable design.  The plantings should be going in late this fall and we will be updating or blog with photos as they become established.


Anri Rapelje - ANR Design





















ANR Landscape Design


"Anri Rapelje is a licensed landscape architect with over 10 years of landscape design experience. Her company, ANR Landscape Design, LLC in Seattle offers quality landscape design services for residential and light commercial projects throughout the Puget Sound area. ANR offers logical and creative design solutions to transform urban gardens into stylish and functional outdoor living spaces.”