Microhouse is an award-winning collaborative passionate about the design of backyard cottages, small houses, and their communities. We take pride in creating innovative designs that are closely tailored to our clients' needs.
At microhouse we are the Seattle experts in the design and permitting of backyard cottages. We are here to help our clients create small homes that exceed their expectations. Our experience enables us to make smart design decisions from the beginning and throughout the design process, allowing our clients to allocate their resources to the things that they value most. We work with top notch consultants and home builders assuring quality and affordability in everything that we do.
WHAT IS POSSIBLE AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The most important questions we answer about backyard cottages are, "what is possible for my lot," and "what is a reasonable budget range to realize my goals?" The best way we have found to accurately answer these questions is to perform a paid site visit. During the visit we will be joined by a contractor who has built backyard cottages, and have a discussion about how to assess the existing conditions that will impact construction and how to best to realize your goals. Based on this discussion, we will prepare a rough schematic design and summary of pre-construction costs. The contractor will prepare a budget outline for your project. When we are done, you will have a reasonable budget and timeline to complete your project and we are set up to begin the design process. If you hire us to work on the design of your project, then the cost of the scheduled site visit will be credited towards your design fees.
Because we design so many backyard cottages we are often able to answer feasibility questions over the phone. To start the process send us an email with your address, telling us about your goals for your small house or backyard cottage. We will schedule a follow up phone call and or site visit.
OPEN HOUSES AND WORKSHOPS
Our workshops and open houses are a great opportunity to learn about small houses and backyard cottages and meet others thinking about building and living in them. We hold these events periodically throughout the year. For a current schedule visit our backyard cottage blog.
BRUCE PARKER - microhouse Founder, Lead Designer
Through his work Bruce strives to create inviting living spaces that are integral parts of the natural and social landscapes. His interests led him to found microhouse in 2009 as a vehicle for creative problem solvers who are passionate about the design of small houses and communities.
Bruce has twenty years of design experience on all aspects of residential and commercial design. His background in engineering has lead to a holistic design approach that seeks to balance the often conflicting goals of development and natural systems. Bruce has worked in the United States, China and Mexico. He has a masters degree in Architecture from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Seattle University.
Education: Masters of Architecture, University of Washington, 2002. Bachelor of Civil/Structural Engineering, Seattle University, 1990.
VINITA SIDHU - Project Landscape Architect
Vinita Sidhu is a Landscape Architect with a wide range of experience planning and designing projects in the public realm. Her work experience addresses master planning, public parks, civic centers, cultural landscapes, natural areas, environmental artworks, rivers, and trails. She aims to create landscapes that are both meaningful and sustainable. She enjoys delving into the multi-layered aspects of a project to discover those qualities that make each site unique. Vinita has worked on a diverse range of projects in the United States, China, and Poland. She typically works on all aspects of a project from conceptual design through construction observation.
Education: Master of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University GSD, 1998. Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Design of the Environment, University of Pennsylvania,1995. Registration: Landscape Architect: Washington State
GEOFF PIPER - Constructability Consultant
After graduating from Lehigh University with a degree in Civil Engineering and Architecture, Geoff received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington. Geoff worked on residential and commercial projects as both a designer and a builder before becoming a construction manager. As a construction manager with lots of hands on experience in the field, Geoff has the ability to evaluate the cost and constructability of preliminary designs. He is an integral part of our team from the beginning to end.
Geoff has worked on various projects overseas, including master planning, architectural design and construction. His work on projects in Africa and Latin America has given him the ability to adjust his designs to use local materials and techniques.
Geoff is a founding partner in The Global Studio and Five Dot Design Build, providing design and consulting services to the non-profit sector throughout the world.
Education: Masters of Architecture, University of Washington, 2002. Bachelor of Arts, Architecture, Lehigh University, 1998. Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Lehigh University, 1998.