A grandmother’s modern backyard cottage | microhouse
Wanting to be closer to her family, Sylvia recently moved from North Dakota to this modern “granny flat” in her daughter’s Seattle backyard. When her daughter’s family purchased their house, they had made sure it was zoned for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) and that the yard was large enough to add one.
The property they chose was ideal for an ADU. The backyard sloped away from the house, with views over the neighboring homes to Seattle’s Lake Washington and the more distant Mount Rainier. The slope would allow for large window areas facing the views and the sun without compromising privacy.
Those factors drove much of the design by architect Bruce Parker of microhouse, a Seattle firm that specializes in backyard cottages. He placed the cottage to one side of the yard so as not to block views from the main house, and put the living room on the downhill end. The bedroom and bathroom are at the other end with the kitchen in the middle.
The living room has a raised ceiling but there is a loft space over the kitchen and bedroom. Sylvia uses the loft as a music studio and a playroom for her granddaughter, though it could easily be a second bedroom. There seems to be adequate headroom for standing, at least on the side where the sloped ceiling is higher. The total floor space comes to 650 ft2 (60.4 m2). The cottage is topped by a pair of shed roofs having a low pitch to match the roof on the 1950s modern house at the front of the site.
To reduce the home’s overall height, the ground floor walls under the loft were reduced to 7’ tall instead of the usual 8’. By designing an open ceiling with exposed floor joists, the architect was able to recover most of the lost ceiling height. The raised ceiling in the adjacent living room also balances the lower one in the kitchen.
A pantry wall in the kitchen provides abundant storage, eliminating the need for upper cabinets. That left the wall free for a big window over the sink, and keeps the compact kitchen from feeling confined.
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Where can I acquire the plans for this house? And about how much is the building cost?
I love the look of this house. I would also like to know more about acquiring house plans and the cost.
Thank You, Reuben
I would love the plans for this home. And possibly an estimate on how much it cost to build. Thanks!!
could you please give me some more information and the cost to build
this small house I love the look and the idea of changing my life towards
a less cluttered this would be perfect for me
I was wondering about the price of this home and square footage. I absolutely love this home.
“Micro”? I don’t think so. Anyone would be fortunate for such space, there’s even an entire outdoor space. How much does one person need?