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DADU!! Creating a Backyard Cottage class at Phinney Center February 23, 7 -9 pm

DADUs!!!! Ever wanted to learn more about Detached and Attached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs)? Well, now you can! Come to our class on Thursday, February 23rd from 7-9pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Community Center Room #3 to learn about DADUs.  Please register here.

This is an expanded class on the why, what, where, which and how of creating a backyard cottage.


Plus, are your neighbors also thinking of building a DADU? Does it make sense to collaborate with your neighbors to create an economy of scale? Bring them along.

Even more–what about changes to the Seattle Land Use code? What’s happening now?

Bring your address, property dimensions and if possible your sewer card. Bring a note pad and several colors of pens.  We will talk about as people’s property as we have time for.     See you there!

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Bringing in the New Year!

Happy Npna_homefairposter2017ew Year from live-work-play! We hope that 2017 is off to a great start.

We have some exciting events coming up this year, starting with the PNA Home Design and Remodel Fair. Come visit us in Room 6! Get ready for a day of local exhibitors and presenters including architects, contractors, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, non-profit groups and permitting agencies all there to assist you with one-on-one help. The Fair is on Sunday, January 29th from 11am-4pm at the Phinney Center Blue Building. Tickets for PNA Members are $4 and $6 for the General Public. To find out more information click here.


Want to learn more about Backyard Cottages? Why, what, where, which and how creating a backyard cottage is right for you? You are in luck! Be on the lookout for our Designing Backyard Cottages Class on Thursday, February 23rd from 7-9pm at the Phinney Center Blue Building Upstairs in Room 6. You can register here. For more information click here (class is located on page 3 under Home & Garden).

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Proposed DADU/ ADU Code changes create new possibilities for your home!

If you are thinking of constructing an attached accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or a detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU), you will find the proposed land use code changes explained in the Seattle City Council report “Removing Barriers to Backyard Cottages & Accessory Dwelling Units” useful.  By the way, DADUs are also known as backyard cottages, mother-in-law units or carriage houses.

Here are a few of the proposed changes that may increase feasibility for adding another dwelling to your property.  One is to expand the allowed DADU size so that it matches the allowed ADU size, which is 1000 square feet of gross floor area.  Another is to let backyard cottages be slightly taller and also to not count interior parking and storage as part of the allowed gross floor area.  These changes will have a big impact on your ability to convert existing structures, such as garages, to DADUs.


Another change is to allow the minimum lot size for a DADU to be slightly smaller–3200 square feet instead of 4000 square feet, which will open up this possibility for more people.  The new changes remove the additional parking space requirement.  Often adding a parking space to the property is challenging, and simply privatizes a street parking space by adding a curb cut.

We are looking forward to the next steps for implementing these code changes.  We’re tracking the legislative process and will add updates to this blog!

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