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Crown Hill Backyard Cottage Built Atop 1-Car Garage

This is the Crown Hill Backyard Cottage designed by Bruce Parker who specializes in these in the Seattle area.

It’s a built atop a single car garage on the property’s backyard.

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Crown Hill Backyard Cottage Atop Garage

A juliet balcony off of the living room opens up into the tree canopy.

Crown Hill Backyard Cottage Built Atop 1-Car Garage

The bathroom also features bright colors and a vaulted ceiling.

Crown Hill Backyard Cottage Built Atop 1-Car Garage

The maple tree was and is an integral part of this backyard cottage from it’s inception. The tree wraps the cottage providing a leafy screen from the street during the summer and in the winter rain drops collect on it’s branches.

Crown Hill Backyard Cottage Built Atop 1-Car Garage

The ground floor art studio features concrete floors, a small 3/4 bath, and a utility sink. Garage doors open up to the street allow a car to park on the ground floor if ever desired.

The cottage has been the home of the owner’s son who is off to law school. While he is away it will be used as an executive rental.1


  • Designed around the maple tree on the property
  • Ground floor is an art studio
  • 2nd floor is the apartment with Juliet Balcony
  • Ground floor has a small 3/4 bath and utility sink
  • Garage doors open to allow vehicle to park inside
  • Vaulted ceilings upstairs with skylights

Learn more: https://seattlebackyardcottage.blogspot.com/2017/07/crown-hill-backyard-cottage.html1

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  • Meg
    July 14, 2017, 8:39 pm

    Love the bathroom! The mirror, the sink base, the beadboard. It feels open and has so much light…a lovely little place to call home!

  • Sparrow
    July 15, 2017, 12:32 pm

    This is beautiful!

  • Ryda
    July 15, 2017, 12:48 pm

    Should of also shown the art studio as both house and studio are a unit.

  • Chuck
    July 15, 2017, 1:44 pm

    My cat and I would love something like this.

  • Nanny M
    July 16, 2017, 5:02 am


  • Eric
    April 9, 2019, 4:41 pm

    Built atop a one car garage… but its not, its an art studio. Oh, did they get around planning permission by building a garage, with approved living upstairs and now have turned garage into an art studio? Devious methinks.

  • Dean Seaman
    June 10, 2019, 1:36 am

    Cool digs.
    That last shot that shows the exterior with the heat pump reminds me of a couple of places I’ve seen on Bainbridge Island Washington.
    The mother-in-law over garage house is such a great idea and this is a really nice execution.

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