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.

Friday, September 9

backyard cottage open house

Come see what all the fuss is about at this upcoming backyard cottage open house, Wednesday September 21st, 4:30-7:00 pm. 6011 33rd Ave NE




This newly built cottage is 800 sq. ft. and includes a garage and 2nd floor 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, carriage apartment.  This cottage will be available for rent starting the end of September. 

Friday, September 2

backyard cottage proposed changes appeal continues

After two days, the hearing concerning proposed expansion of land use code provisions allowing for accessory dwelling units, HE 16-004, is adjourned and will recommence on September 30th at 9:00 am.