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.

Thursday, January 14

encouraging backyard cottages II

The next encouraging backyard cottages public meeting with Mike O'Brien will be in Wallingford on February 3rd.

Backyard Cottages Community Meeting

When:       Wednesday, February 3rd, 6-7:30 pm

Where:      Wallingford Senior Center
                 4649 Sunnyside Ave N
                 Seattle, WA

Wednesday, January 6

encouraging backyard cottages


Join representatives from the city of Seattle department of construction and inspection, along with council member Mike O'Brien, at one of two public meetings to discuss policy options that would encourage the production of backyard cottages.


Expanding the construction of backyard cottages could provide thousands of new housing units throughout Seattle and give homeowners an opportunity to earn stable, extra income and remain in their homes

When:    Tuesday January 19th 6:7:30 pm

Where:   Filipino Community Center
               5740 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

Saturday, January 2