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 30

stay at home strategies for seniors - PNA workshop

Microhouse, Husky Senior Care and Ncompass Cottage Company have teamed up to provide a workshop focusing on the use of backyard cottages as part of a stay-at-home strategy for seniors.  Join us to learn more about stay-at-home strategies for seniors including design, construction and use of backyard cottages. Bring your ideas. There will be a question and answer time after the presentation.  Or if you prefer, contact us directly to talk about your project.


Phone: 206.428.8599
Email: contact  info@microhousenw.com


Backyard Cottages; Stay-At-Home Strategies For Seniors
Microhouse, Ncompass Cottage Company, Husky Senior Care


Wed, Feb 29, 7-9pm 
Brick Building Room 32 Phinney Neighborhood Center 6532 Phinney Avenue North
$20 PNA member, $25 Public
To register call 206.783.2244





PNA home design and remodel fair

It was a good day on Sunday meeting new people and talking about backyard cottages and cabin design. Thank you to everyone who attended our presentation and stopped by our booth. A special thank you for Stefan Hansmire from Ncompass Cottage Company who co-presented with us.

Monday, January 23

pna home design and remodel fair - sunday

Please join us at the 2012 Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center Design and Remodel Fair this Sunday January 29th. Microhouse and NCompass Cottage Company will be giving a presentation on backyard cottages at 12:30. We will be talking about what a backyard cottage is, who can build one,  and how to establish a budget for your project.  This will be our second presentation on backyard cottages at the PNA. Or next presentation will be February 29 th and will focus on designing for seniors.

Tuesday, January 17

upcoming backyard cottage open house

Despite the snow we had a great turnout for our Magnolia open house. Many people, who couldn't make it because of the snow, have asked about future open houses. At this time we plan to host another open house in February at a yet to be determined date. If  you are interested in attending an open house or to schedule a tour of the cottage please RSVP at info@microhousenw.com or by calling 206.428.8599.










Sunday, January 15

backyard cottage open house today

Rain, sun or snow,  stop by the backyard cottage open house today in Magnolia.  If you can't make it today let us know and we can try to arrange a private showing.  If you would like more information about a backyard cottage for your lot, please contact us with your address for a for a free analysis.