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, December 19

happy holidays

Microhouse will be closed between December 20th and January 4th. 

Over the holidays when families gather is a good time to start the discussion about planning a backyard cottage.  If you are thinking about building a backyard cottage, and would like us to preform a preliminary analysis of your property, please send us an email and tell us your address and what you plan to use the cottage for. We will get back to you after the holidays.  Also, we have an invite only open house tentatively scheduled for January 3rd.  The exact date is dependent on the construction schedule.  If you would  to be added to the invite list  or to contact us during the holiday break email us at .  info@microhousenw.com

Happy Holidays

Friday, December 4

encouraging backyard cottages

The city of Seattle and council member Mike O'Brien want more backyard cottages . The Seattle department of planning and development (DPD) have created a liaison position Nicolas Welch to field suggestions about how to improve the process of permitting. We suggest as a starting point that DPD have a designated land use reviewer for accessory dwelling units to streamline the review process and provide consistency. Possibly because backyard cottages have been a low priority every reviewer seems to have a different way of measuring basic criteria like square footage and height. This is adding unnecessary delays and project costs. 

encouraging backyard cottages

Join us December 9th for Mike O'Brien's lunch and learn session about backyard cottages.