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Magnolia Backyard Cottage

This is the Magnolia Backyard Cottage by Microhouse.

Ben and January live in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood and were excited when a new Seattle ordinance allowed them to build a backyard cottage behind their home. We wanted to build a place for my father to live when he retired, so he could be closer to his grandchildren Leo and Francis. Said January. In the near term they planned to rent the cottage and ultimately decided to use it as a vacation rental through VRBO. This has proven to be quite successful helping fund the construction of the cottage.

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Magnolia Backyard Cottage






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  • Marcy November 19, 2016, 9:06 am

    They can design my tiny house any day! Attractive and well laid out.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 21, 2016, 10:00 am

      That it is! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Robin November 19, 2016, 9:43 am

    Is the bedroom upstairs or lower level?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 21, 2016, 10:01 am

      It looks lower level to me because you can see rocks out the window? Not 100% positive. — Tiny House Talk Team

      • Doug November 28, 2016, 8:24 am

        Being that it’s two story the bedroom is upstairs.

      • Tim Cresswell December 2, 2016, 11:13 am

        Sorry i reported your comment by mistake. The ceiling is the give away to where the bedroom is, upstairs.

  • Jan November 19, 2016, 11:48 am


    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 21, 2016, 10:01 am

      Yes πŸ™‚ — Tiny House Talk Team

  • jm November 19, 2016, 2:48 pm

    Although there are some strange things going on in Seattle’s residential neighborhoods–this house is wonderful. I always wanted a six-foot-sqare skylight above my bed to watch the stars. Good job!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 21, 2016, 10:01 am

      Ah! That sounds amazing, JM — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Jane November 19, 2016, 2:48 pm

    But, that is a whole house. A perfectly normal sized real house. Nothing tiny or even small about it.

  • Susanne November 19, 2016, 3:05 pm

    Yeah with that size they could rent it to a couple, or maybe even with a child!

  • Janet November 19, 2016, 4:09 pm

    I believe everyone should click on the links to read the FULL STORY! This couple wanted an affordable home in Seattle. Seattle doesn’t allow tiny homes, so they built an 800 sq ft home in a very expensive city. Everything they did was for their budget. The skylight for their bedroom was because the north side of their house has a big tree next to it – it’s the only way they could get sunlight. All floors, woodwork was for affordability and durability – not show. This family did a great job, showing you can live affordably in an expensive city with much thought and planning.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 21, 2016, 10:02 am

      Thank you Janet πŸ™‚ So glad you shared this here. — Tiny House Talk Team

    • jm November 21, 2016, 12:27 pm

      Skylight was for bathroom light. Bedroom has nice big windows. Agreed–everyone should read the full story.

  • Mr. Lonnie November 19, 2016, 10:35 pm

    nicely done. the only flaw i see is that with all that space – why not separate the toilet from the tub/shower. my bathroom is only that, a spacious and deep bath and an adjacent shower all in its own enclosed room w/ a floor drain and a tub drain. a large sink and bath cabinets just outside the door. our toilet and small sink are in a separate cubby hole across the room … this is so common in space starved japan and considerate when not living alone!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 21, 2016, 10:03 am

      I think because it was designed just for the grandfather πŸ™‚ — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Carol Perry November 19, 2016, 11:05 pm

    What a beautiful house! Just love the layout! Awesome kitchen,
    love all the white cabinets! It’s nice they have a sky light in their bathroom. The living room looks very comfortable, and it looks like a nice size! Love the shape and paint color of the bedroom! If you can’t tell I just love the house! They did a wonderful job designing it! Thanks for sharing!?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 21, 2016, 10:03 am

      I really loved it too πŸ™‚ — Tiny House Talk Team

  • ZACHARY E. MOHRMANN November 21, 2016, 10:38 pm

    Very nice, but wouldn’t building another structure on a permanent foundation bring the taxes up on a parcel of land making the house more valuable but also rising the taxes on that lot so you are really not saving anything or cutting the costs of living….?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 22, 2016, 8:21 am

      It depends. I think more than anything it was about having the grandfather closer by. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Maria December 2, 2016, 8:42 am

    I really enjoy these posts, thank you. They are very helpful in my quest to find MY small home. I am hoping to downsize to a 600 to 900 Sq ft home. The only additions to these articles I would recommend is to give some speck info like square footage, and builder name/website.

  • Sandy December 3, 2016, 11:02 am

    This is my idea of a small house! My condo I live in currently is 980 square feet but it’s split between an upper and lower level and it feels tiny. This little house seems much more spacious. It is becoming more and more difficult in a number of cities in Canada and the US to afford a house, so if you can build smaller and afford it, that’s awesome. Such a nice home! Sometimes, tiny is just not practical or even legal. Had a neighbour whose son built a tiny house and was living in it in his parents backyard. Not long after, they were asked to remove it. So sad.

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