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This is how accessory dwelling units (guest houses) are being restructured into condominiums so that they can be sold separately from the primary residence on the property. Pretty interesting, right? What do you think?

…increasingly people are using condominium agreements to sell DADUs separately from the primary residence.1

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How Accessory Dwelling Units Are Being Sold Separate From Their Primary Residences in Seattle

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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!

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This is the story of Bruce Parker. He’s a Seattle architect who specializes in small backyard cottages, also known as ADU’s (accessory dwelling units).

Bruce Parker, a Seattle Architect specializing in backyard cottages, discusses the high home prices, city legalities, and the potential benefits of building a small house on your land.1

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Architect Designing Beautiful Small Cottages in Seattle

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Accessory dwelling units (ADU) are small homes that can be built in the backyards of larger homes, in cities where they’ve been approved.

They’re also sometimes known as carriage, coach, or laneway houses.

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ADU’s… Today’s Loophole for Building Small Homes Legally

Image © Colin Perry and Lanefab

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Susan Moray enlisted the help of Jack Barnes Architects to help her convert her garage into a 550 sq. ft. ADU cottage that she now uses as a vacation rental in Portland, Oregon’s Ladd neighborhood. ADU, by the way, stands for Accessory Dwelling Unit in case you’re not familiar.

Together with Design Build Portland contractors they were able to get the job done for a total cost of $90,000, according to Accessory Dwellings. Now you can stay in the cottage if you’re ever in Portland.

Jack Barnes (architect) designed an amazing little cottage based on the already existing garage structure that’s so energy efficient it received a Platinum Award from Earth Advantage. And they had absolutely no trouble getting the plans approved by the city thanks to his expertise.

Related: Woman Downsizes to 557 Sq. Ft. Tumbleweed Cottage

Woman Converts Garage into Small Yellow ADU Cottage

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Images © Sky Rocket Photography/Portland Vacation Cottage

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