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Backyard Cottage

The vision was multi-generational living on a single-family residential property, with both families feeling that they have their own space. The plan called for creation of a Detached Mother-In-Law Apartment, also known in Seattle as a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU.)

We designed a small separate dwelling unit allowing for maximum spatial flexibility and crafted in traditional Northwest contemporary style. The lower level of the cottage incorporates an art woodworking shop with a separate utility room. The upstairs studio has an open floor plan that takes advantage of the Southwest view towards Elliot Bay. The cottage blends quietly into the backyard with natural cedar siding. A cedar deck offers a relaxing outdoor place for the two families to share one another’s company.

  • Location: West Seattle Neighborhood, Seattle, WA
  • Building Area: 1000 sq. ft.