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

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 house! 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 now 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, however it’s connected to our new house! I’ll share some progress on it and provide you with slightly peek into among the “tiny cottage” components they’ve chosen to make this house work for them.

However first a fast recap of how we bought 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 slightly 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 ceaselessly house!

However once we discovered this candy little house on an island about an hour and a half away, it felt like the house we at all times dreamed we’d have sometime. The placement overlooking the water with a brief stroll to the seaside, a small city and exquisite native locations to take pleasure in, it confirmed the form of empty nest life we wished to reside.

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

We had invited my mother and father to think about transferring with us, wherever we landed. After we discovered this small house and tiny lot, as a lot as we liked it, it didn’t look like a spot to share so we initially felt we would have liked to move it by.

It definitely wasn’t the “supreme” measurement or structure most individuals would take into account for multi-generational residing. However as we gave ourselves a while to speak about this house and placement with its deserves and potential, it turned clear that in lots of different methods, it actually was supreme.

May we make it work?

After speaking to my mother and father, assessing desires and long run targets, considering by way of the timing, and contemplating everybody’s fast and future wants, in addition to assets, we quickly felt assured that this house 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 house comfy 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 sufficiently big (nor was it zoned for) a separate yard cottage, so we determined to make it an addition! There have been a couple of sacrifices and compromises, however that’s really one factor I really like a few smaller house. You actually study to concentrate on what issues most to you. We’d like far lower than we predict 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 bought the architectural drawings, permits and required approvals, the mission bought underneath approach.

I’m so thrilled my mother and father could have such a cute place to reside, and even higher, they’re residing shut by! In reality, proper underneath our roof! It’s great that they may 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 ground plans and elevations HERE.
A number of the design plans modified from the preliminary drawing, however most of it remained the identical.

Beneath I’ll share some photographs of the progress to this point in addition to a couple 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 really could 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 should really feel ethereal, mild and shiny!

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 toilet, however because the design got here collectively, they determined to make it extra of a self-contained cottage by including the kitchenette, a essential sitting room, and a bed room nook! It wasn’t simple to suit all of it in, however it’s the whole lot they want.

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

The sitting space may also have a vaulted ceiling, which is able to create a way of more room. The partitions and ceilings shall be white beadboard and their flooring is identical 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 could have their frame TV, a espresso station with this pretty espresso machine (they love espresso), and a very cute electrical hearth 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 house in addition to swimsuit the model of properties in our neighborhood. The addition could have white board and batten siding (which matches components of our house), the brand new roof shall be metallic, they’ll have their very own (blue!) exterior door and a captivating siding element on the height (keep tuned to see it).

We will’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 Ground Plan + Dad and mom’ Addition and Exterior Elevation

5 Design Books I Love for Transform Inspiration