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Laurelhurst DADU Cottage in Seattle, WA

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This is the Laurelhurst DADU in Seattle, Washington by MicrohouseNW, they specialize in backyard cottages. This one is a 575-square-foot home with a 390-square-foot footprint. The cabin even features a living/green roof, exposed trusses, and interestingly enough, the bedroom is downstairs. Opposite of a loft, hehe.

DADU stands for Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit, which is basically just another term for a detached guest house. These guest houses are one way to design and build small homes while still meeting local building codes. And in Seattle, people are even creating their own homeowners associations (HOAs) and selling their backyard cottages to others. Yes, some have been listed and recently sold, and we talk about that in this article.

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Beautiful Small Backyard Cottage in Seattle, Washington… The Laurelhurst Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit

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  • Sue Roberson
    November 4, 2019, 3:19 pm

    Wow! This is fantastic…..

  • Eric
    November 4, 2019, 6:06 pm

    Nice… BUT… I certainly wouldn’t want to go down the the bedroom on that glorified ladder. Proper stairs and it’d be a goer from my perspective.

    • James D.
      November 6, 2019, 12:36 am

      Sure, trade off is just eliminating the hallway, both below and above, and having to walk through the bathroom to access the stairs… Since this has to follow local building code for the stairs…

  • BJ
    November 5, 2019, 12:51 am

    Its a very nice place. I can see going in on the top or bottom. I see room for a fold out couch upstairs. You could always put the office downstairs with a fold out bed. And use the upstairs with a daybed/couch. True steps are better, but it does have good handrails, Like a ships ladder.

  • CJ Burlingame
    April 6, 2020, 4:49 am

    This group is capable of good layouts and designs but this one isn’t well thought out. Rearrange the bathroom to have the door move to the right which would allow you to start the steps left of the door and then wrap around the end post of the rail which would give you headroom to run real stairs. The kitchen island needs to continue to the wall which would give you another seat and more counter and cabinet space. The bedroom is very uninspiring. This cottage has lots of potential, it just needs more thought.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      April 6, 2020, 2:23 pm

      All great ideas!

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