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.
Tuesday, February 2
Owner occupants act differently than developers in a number of important ways. To a home owner building a back yard cottage is a major long term investment. The majority of homeowners finance their cottages with cash or by taking equity out of their primary residence. This makes them cautious by necessity. Also, the primary impact of their development is going to be on their lot and in their neighborhood. When we begin a project a typical client wish list contains the desire to minimize the impact to their neighbors. We have and continue to work with residential developers. Not once has one of them expressed the least concern over how the neighbors might be impacted by their development.