Reading Roundup

This is a roundup of articles and blog posts related to accessory dwellings that we’ve enjoyed this week.


An Open and Airy Backyard Cottage

From Seattle Magazine

Developers have been drooling over Kate Lichtenstein’s property. Located in a neighborhood filled with small houses, many of which are being torn down, the lot includes her beloved one-story, one-bedroom 1920s bungalow and until recently, a small, dilapidated shed in the backyard. “I get letters all the time from developers wanting to buy it,” she says, “but I think it’s such a unique property and I plan to hold on to it.”…

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A House That’s Sustainable From the Inside Out

From Jetson Green

The Passive House Che has recently been built in a forest in Romania and is currently still being evaluated to receive the Passive House standard certification. As such, it is of course equipped with all sorts of sustainable features, which also include an indoor lawn. It was designed by the local firm Tecto Architectura…

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Regan Gray & George Okulitch’s ADU: A Super-Efficient ADU


Regan Gray and her partner George Okulitch first learned about ADUs in 2010 when they read a press release about Portland’s waiver of System Development Fees (SDCs) for ADUs….

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The 600 Square Foot Family

From LifeEdited

Vancouver is one of North America’s densest cities with some of its highest property values. When the city’s residents have kids, many travel the oft-tread path from city center to the burbs for more square footage. This was the situation that Alison and Trevor Mazurek faced when they started considering having a family….

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