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Rainier Valley Cottage – Cost-Efficient Design/Build


This is the Rainier Valley Cottage by Bruce Parker of MicroHouseNW. It’s a small house designed to be simple to build to keep construction costs low. What do you think of this design/build?

This Rainier Valley backyard cottage takes advantage of solar access and territorial views. The design of this cottage was intentionally simple to keep construction costs down and to make it easier for the owner who operated as the general contractor for this project.

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Rainier Valley Cottage by MicroHouseNW

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  • Avatar Jann Hand
    November 7, 2019, 6:08 pm

    What a very nice home. Great for a backyard or perhaps a weekender, out in the country. Please include a floor plan.

    • April 22, 2020, 9:50 am

      Also great for someone looking to downsize, like me.

  • Avatar Beth Grant-DeRoos
    November 7, 2019, 9:43 pm

    Really love the simple style, use of light wood floors, lots of windows, and room to move about. Am also a bug fan of the slimmer refrigerator!

  • Avatar Nancy J Martin
    December 28, 2019, 10:34 pm

    The interior for “able bodied people” looks good. Not crazy about the exterior material….looks cheap to me. Unfortunately it seems that the preponderance of Tiny Houses and not so Tiny Houses have the upstairs lofts, frequently with stairs with no handrails which I cannot believe. That said for a younger person nice.

    • April 22, 2020, 9:48 am

      Handrail can be added after purchase.

  • Avatar Jennifer
    December 30, 2019, 3:00 am

    So I didn’t see where it says sq footage or dimensions of this house. Quite a few times I’ve seen posts on a small or tiny house and it’s not mentioned. I would really appreciate knowing this information .

    • April 22, 2020, 9:53 am

      I think that’s because they design based on the location the structure will be built on; see the About page on the MicrohouseNW site.

  • Avatar Elaine
    April 15, 2020, 8:09 pm

    How do I get a floor plan?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      April 16, 2020, 1:21 pm

      Hi Elaine, You could contact the builder here and ask if he has them for sale: [email protected]

  • Avatar sheebe
    April 21, 2020, 12:19 pm

    I love this!! Everything about this cottage. Kitchen, is perfect. Entire cottage is perfect. Saw the cat and at first it looked like it was hanging lol! Beautiful shot to the Photographer. Beautiful cat. Nothing I don’t like about this cottage. Am in awe right now. Breath taking.

  • Avatar David Criger
    April 21, 2020, 7:18 pm

    Like it! Sq feet?

  • April 22, 2020, 9:46 am

    Nice; I really like the layout of the upper level, but would prefer not having the raised area where the bed is located. I can’t tell from the picture if the bed could be placed on the other side.

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