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.


At microhouse we are backyard cottage design and permitting specialists. To find out if your lot meets the requirements for a backyard cottage or for any other information about our services please contact us. 

Our offices are located in Seattle Washington, however, our plans and design services are offered nationwide.