September 27, 2023

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A Tiny Yard Cottage (progress on the addition for my mother and father!)

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A Tiny Backyard Cottage (progress on the addition for my parents!)

Through the years, we typically dreamed about the potential of constructing a yard cottage for my mother and father to reside in at our Seattle residence! The yard cottage by no means got here to be in that location, however we’re lastly realizing the dream in a brand new approach! Right this moment I can’t wait to share the progress on making that dream a actuality.

My mother and father are at present constructing a darling yard cottage, but it surely’s connected to our new residence! I’ll share some progress on it and provide you with a bit of peek into a number of the “tiny cottage” parts they’ve chosen to make this house work for them.

However first a fast recap of how we received right here!

A Tiny Backyard Cottage (progress on the addition for my parents!)

When it was time for my husband and me to enter our “empty nester” part of life a bit of over a yr and a half in the past, we had a option to make. Would we keep in Seattle or was it time to maneuver? We have been torn as we liked our earlier home and will see it as a eternally residence!

However once we discovered this candy little residence on an island about an hour and a half away, it felt like the house we all the time dreamed we’d have sometime. The placement overlooking the water with a brief stroll to the seashore, a small city and exquisite native locations to get pleasure from, it confirmed the sort of empty nest life we needed to reside.

A Tiny Backyard Cottage (progress on the addition for my parents!)

We had invited my mother and father to contemplate transferring with us, wherever we landed. After we discovered this small residence and tiny lot, as a lot as we liked it, it didn’t seem to be a spot to share so we initially felt we would have liked to go it by.

It actually wasn’t the “very best” dimension or structure most individuals would contemplate for multi-generational dwelling. However as we gave ourselves a while to speak about this residence and placement with its deserves and potential, it grew to become clear that in lots of different methods, it actually was very best.

May we make it work?

After speaking to my mother and father, assessing desires and long run targets, pondering by means of the timing, and contemplating everybody’s instant and future wants, in addition to assets, we quickly felt assured that this residence was meant to be ours.

We took the leap as a result of all of us agreed we have been up for the problem of creating this residence snug for all of us. It took plenty of thought, house planning and a few intelligent design effort to make this yard cottage idea work.

A Tiny Backyard Cottage (progress on the addition for my parents!)

Our lot isn’t large enough (nor was it zoned for) a separate yard cottage, so we determined to make it an addition! There have been a number of sacrifices and compromises, however that’s truly one factor I really like a couple of smaller residence. You actually study to give attention to what issues most to you. We want far lower than we expect we do :).

My mother and father designed each element of this cottage themselves, they love homes as a lot as I do :).

As soon as they received the architectural drawings, permits and required approvals, the mission received underneath approach.

I’m so thrilled my mother and father may have such a cute place to reside, and even higher, they’re dwelling shut by! The truth is, proper underneath our roof! It’s great that they are going to get to benefit from the neighborhood, small city and life by the ocean, too.

A Tiny Backyard Cottage (progress on the addition for my parents!)
See extra about our rework flooring plans and elevations HERE.
A few of the design plans modified from the preliminary drawing, however most of it remained the identical.

Beneath I’ll share some pictures of the progress up to now in addition to a number of particulars about their house.

A Tiny Backyard Cottage (progress on the addition for my parents!)

Q: Will your mother and father’ addition have their very own kitchen?

A: Sure, it truly may have a darling partially enclosed kitchenette. The kitchen shall be on one inside wall, with three home windows on the yard facet! The ceiling shall be vaulted, so whereas it’s a tiny kitchen, it’ll really feel ethereal, mild and vibrant!

They’ve ordered the cutest “small house” home equipment for it like this white countertop oven/air fryer and an identical espresso machine!

The kitchen design shall be so charming with blue and white checkered tile backsplash, blue cupboards and a vintage looking fridge. I image it as a European cottage by the ocean! Quickly I’ll share a temper board for his or her design.

A Tiny Backyard Cottage (progress on the addition for my parents!)

I really like the home windows all throughout the again, they simply went in TODAY! So thrilling!

A Tiny Backyard Cottage (progress on the addition for my parents!)

Q. What number of sq. ft is the yard cottage?

A. Initially we thought the addition would simply be a bed room and loo, however because the design got here collectively, they determined to make it extra of a self-contained cottage by including the kitchenette, a primary sitting room, and a bed room nook! It wasn’t straightforward to suit all of it in, but it surely’s the whole lot they want.

I imagine it’s about 400 sq. ft, which was absolutely the greatest footprint it could possibly be given the restrictions of the constructing house.

The sitting space can even have a vaulted ceiling, which can create a way of more room. The partitions and ceilings shall be white beadboard and their flooring is similar as ours, the European white oak.

A Tiny Backyard Cottage (progress on the addition for my parents!)

The home windows let in a lot mild, even on a cloudy day! Their sitting room may have their frame TV, a espresso station with this pretty espresso machine (they love espresso), and a extremely cute electrical fire for added coziness on chilly days.

A Tiny Backyard Cottage (progress on the addition for my parents!)

The outside shall be so charming, too. It was designed to enrich the remainder of our residence in addition to go well with the type of properties in our neighborhood. The addition may have white board and batten siding (which matches elements of our residence), the brand new roof shall be metallic, they’ll have their very own (blue!) exterior door and an enthralling siding element on the height (keep tuned to see it).

We are able to’t wait to share extra of their candy tiny yard cottage with you!

Extra Posts about our Transform:

Kitchen Renovation Replace: Flooring, Cupboards, Sink, {Hardware} and Extra

Kitchen and Eating Room Renovation Replace! Initiatives Have Begun!

Our New Kitchen Design Temper Board (and 5 questions that helped me make selections!)

Including Character in a Kitchen Transform: The Story of Our New Vary and Faucet

My New Kitchen Flooring Plan + Mother and father’ Addition and Exterior Elevation

5 Design Books I Love for Transform Inspiration

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