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.

Saturday, March 3

backyard cottage open house and workshop

Are you interested in backyard cottages? Please join us for an open house and information session on April 1st. 

Backyard cottages are small detached homes that share a lot with a primary residence. They are a new option for Seattle families and they have a number of possible uses. Most are used as part of a strategy for caring for an aging family member.  We are fortunate that our Magnolia cottage is being used a vacation rental and we are able to offer this opportunity to tour the cottage. 

Would you like to find out if a backyard cottage will work on your lot?  Bring your ideas and questions. Bruce Parker from Microhouse will be on hand to answer zoning and technical questions related to backyard cottages.  Rob Carlisle from Carlisle Classic Homes will be able to talk about budgeting to build a small home and Anri Rapelje from ANR Landscape Design to talk about landscape design and the challenges of working on small steeply sloping sites.   Contact us beforehand with your address and we will be able to perform a complementary analysis for your lot.

Event:        backyard cottage open house and workshop
Location:   3448 36th Ave W (alley side)
Date:          April 1st, 2012
Time:         1:00pm to 4:00pm


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This cottage is available as a vacation rental. For those interested in renting the cottage please contact. 

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