Ballard residents Drew and Jacob decided to tear down their "scary little garage" and build a backyard cottage. They are now living in an intergenerational family compound, sharing their property with Drew’s parents. We chatted with Drew to find out about creating a backyard cottage for “one big family living in the heart of Seattle.”Read More
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed the code changes approved by city council last week that are intended to increase the number of backyard cottages being built in Seattle. The Mayor also signed an executive order to address other issues that restrain construction including reducing construction cost, permitting time and complexity and exploring financing options for ADUs. The code changes will go into effect on August 8th. Limits to new house size (FAR restrictions) will go into effect six months from now.
The Seattle City Council has voted on a host of rules predicted to increase the number of ADUs and DADUs
* Increases the allowed size of backyard cottages (DADUs) from 800 square feet to 1,000 square feet.
* Adds an additional 1-2 feet in height, allowing for more usable space in the units' interiors.
* Allows up to two attached accessory dwelling units (AADUs) or one AADU plus one DADU on a property.
* Limits the floor area ratio of new homes, while excluding the area of ADUs. Thereby encouraging homeowners to build an ADU when building a new home or remodeling.
* Eliminates the owner occupancy requirement.
* Removes the off-street parking requirement.
backyard cottages for fun and profit
Backyard cottages can be used for many things including housing a family member or as a short term rental. Join Bruce Parker from Microhouse and Stefan Hansmire from Hansmire Builders to learn more about how to plan for and establish a realistic budget for your cottage. Bring your ideas, after the presentation we will have plenty of time to answer questions about the specifics of your project.
Upcoming workshop dates:
Thursday, March 7, 7:00 pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center.
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Admission Price: $15 members, $25 general public