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They Built A 400-square-foot ADU Cottage In Seattle… Moved In, And Rented Out Their BIG House!

This is the story of a couple who built a 400-square-foot backyard cottage in their Seattle backyard and then moved in.

Also, they rented out their big house. Genius, right? Sounds pretty smart to me! What do you think? By the way, this story is brought to you thanks to Jenna at Tiny House Giant Journey.

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They Built a Small Cottage In Their Backyard And Rented Out Their Big House… It’s an ADU Cottage in Seattle!

Yup! Only 400-square-feet of space. So they use a murphy bed to make the space more useful during the day.

When bedtime arrives, it’s easy to turn the room into a bedroom😴

Here, have a look at the kitchen…

They were creative and used lots of recycled items to finish their house (like the utensils you see being used as handles for the cabinet doors)… They even used a cheese grater as a light fixture! You can see it in the video tour below😀

Beautiful, not too tiny, and very simple…

Video Tour and FULL STORY/Interview with Owners

Paul & Caroline built & downsized to a 400 Square Foot cottage in their backyard, using recycled and reclaimed materials.

Would YOU do something like this if you had the option?

Would you ever consider doing something like this? Isn’t it awesome that they had this as an option in their area? Very cool and creative!

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Joanna Chanin
    July 22, 2019, 8:31 am

    Beautiful details.

  • Lisa E.
    July 24, 2019, 3:38 am

    Amazing and beautiful. Excellent job.

  • Jennifer
    November 21, 2019, 11:35 pm

    Actually surprised it cost $70,000. Because I recently had a 450 sq ft house built for less then that and I paid people to build it and I live in Hawaii where everything is more expensive. And this guy is a builder so he built it which saved some money. Don’t know if he had help building

  • March 13, 2020, 12:13 am

    I don’t like the open drawers in the kitchen. The openings allow dust and debris to infiltrate the storage areas. I do like the interior paint color choices. The yellow gives the interior a bright, cheery ambiance.

  • aliceh
    March 14, 2020, 4:41 pm

    Great concept and beautiful result. Not sure I’d be able to share a space with someone without having a more private space to retreat to than a corner desk though. That garage space would make a great workshop or studio for a home based business.

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