Backyard Cottages: Better For Density And Community

A lot of cities on the west coast have been promoting backyard cottages in single family zones—Issaquah, Shoreline, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Clyde Hill, Redmond, and Woodinville to name a few in Washington. We are big fans of such programs. Chavi even gave a lecture at SAF on backyard cottages. Backyard cottages increase housing stock and […]

Outstanding Outbuildings: Making the Most of a Large Lot

On lots big and small, urban and rural, outbuildings are a favorite topic of ours. Whether creating community-friendly density in the city via backyard cottages, or expanding one’s creative lifestyle, an outbuilding can be a game-changer. The value that an outbuilding can add to a home is huge, but it’s more than dollars and cents. […]