As members of the tiny house community struggle to legalize tiny house around the country, many cities are already making it easier to build smaller homes in the back yards of existing houses. Bruce Parker is the founder and lead designer of MicroHouse, a company that designs backyard cottages and small houses in Seattle, Washington. These can take multiple forms, but are usually referred to as ADU's or DADU’s in Seattle. Bruce is here to tell us about what it takes to build a DADU in Seattle. Warning: the sticker shock may be… well.. shocking. Plus, we'll talk what design elements and choices lend themselves to a beautiful and functional small space.
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In This Episode:
- What is a DADU (and how do you say it)?
- Do DADUs provide affordable housing?
- Seattle legislation changes that affect backyard cottages
- Realistic budget expectations in the city
- Are people allowed to use their DADU as an Airbnb rental?
- The process for building a backyard cottage
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Backyard cottages (DADUs) are dwellings that share a lot with a primary residence. They provide opportunities for families, while increasing housing stock density and diversity. And they are becoming more common as housing costs increase and regulations are eased. Through his company, microhouse, Bruce Parker has been designing DADUs in Seattle for 10 years.
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Lake Washington Cottage
Living room with vaulted cielings and lots of natural light
The kitchen table doubles as a work surface.
Backyard Cottage Tangletown
The kitchen, living room, and staircase.
The open living room and dining room.
Beautiful floors and more natural light.
The study has a skylight, along with a fold out couch for guests (not pictured).
Natural light brightens the first floor from the stairwell.
Seward Park garage conversion.
The open floor plan is perfect for limited mobility.