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.

Wednesday, April 25

microhouse on King 5 news

Here is the news story about microhouse and backyard cottages that aired on April 1st on King 5 News.

microhouse in the news

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accommodating aging parents

NPR is exploring issues surrounding multi-generational living.  It might go without saying that backyard cottages are a great option for many families especially when considering the costs of elder care.


The Cost Of Elder Care
Adults have been providing an increasing percentage of financial assistance to their parents in recent years. Below are the national average annual costs and daily rates paid for various types of adult care.

Type
Average
Annual
Nursing home: semi-private room
$214/day
$78,110
Nursing home: private room
$239/day
$87,235
Assisted living
$3,477/month
$41,724
Home care: home health aide
$21/hour
$21,840
Home care: homemaker
$19/hour
$19,760
Adult day services
$70/day
$18,200


To read the full story.


preparing for a future

Monday, April 2

15 minutes of fame

Thanks for everyone who swung by the open house and for Ben and January for making the cottage available for our use.  During the open house, microhouse founder Bruce Parker was interviewed by king 5 news about backyard cottages.  We have no idea if the story aired because none of us can stay up until 11:00 pm on a Sunday night.