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N05 Greenwood Backyard Cottage

Live-work-play adapted and expanded an existing garage to create a leasable studio dwelling unit with accessible features for aging in place. This started from our desire to create a rentable cottage to add to our income and subsidize future remodeling of our 90 year old home. Eventually, if family members would like to live close by, the cottage will be waiting for them. The exterior is complete, and the interior is currently under construction. Visit this Backyard Cottage and learn how you can build small and still live large.
N05 Greenwood Backyard Cottage

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Seattle, WA 98103

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Live-work-play adapted and expanded an existing garage to create a leasable studio dwelling unit with accessible features for aging in place. This started from our desire to create a rentable cottage to add to our income and subsidize future remodeling of our 90 year old home. Eventually, if family members would like to live close by, the cottage will be waiting for them. The exterior is complete, and the interior is currently under construction. Visit this Backyard Cottage and learn how you can build small and still live large.

Live-work-play’s goals for this backyard cottage are to create an energy-and spatially-efficient dwelling that reuses Greenwood ADUmuch of  the existing garage structure and provides supplemental rental  income and a future home for an older relative.

Salvage and Reuse Strategies:

Since we are reusing a structure, we are keeping what works and finding a new home for the remainder.  Reused the foundation and roof structure of the existing garage. Created a cantilevered floor system at the addition to help  protect a treasured tall hemlock.  Donated a substantial amount of salvageable material to the ReStore or freecycled it on Seattle’s Craigslist.  Removed and recycled the spent asphalt roof shingles at Evergreen Shingle Recycling.  Carefully installed the new materials to minimize construction waste.

Material Choices:

Live-work-play focuses on durable materials that will require  minimal maintenance, prevent moisture problems and also have  low or no-VOC’s so the indoor air remains healthy.  Installed James Hardie siding as a rainscreen to prevent  moisture problems.  Installed new Andersen 100 recycled content energy efficient  windows with a high performance flashing system.  Supported healthier air with no-VOC Benjamin Moore Aura  paint in a bright and beautiful color palette.  Extensive use of FSC lumber and plywood.  Added a moisture barrier between the existing concrete slab  and the new plywood subfloor to prevent moisture challenges.  Added air sealing to prevent uncontrolled ventilation and minimize energy loss. Reused a salvaged front door from Second Use.

More eco-features to be constructed:

The interior will be flexible so the renter will have options in  how he or she furnishes it. We will continue our focus on  durability, low-maintenance, and beauty. Since we are anticipating aging in place, we will use universal design ideas and fixtures, or ones that can be adapted as needed.

Sustainable Features List:

Dense-pack cellulose insulation.

Low threshold shower pan.

Blocking for future grab bars in the bathroom.

Open kitchen to move in freely.

Flexible open space plan that can be furnished in multiple ways.

Reused or new Energy Star appliances.

Low water-use plumbing fixtures.

Panasonic ERV unit for supplying fresh air.

LED ambient & task lighting.

No or low-VOC materials and sealants throughout such as  Marmoleum floors.

Separate outdoor patio for the cottage dwellers to enjoy the  garden.

Power and wiring to support a future electric vehicle plug-in.

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