Greenwood Contemporary DADU is complete!

The Greenwood Contemporary DADU is complete and we will have an open house on April 22nd from 2 – 430PM.

Please send an email (sheri at live-work-play.net) to RSVP and for more information.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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DADU! Creating a Backyard Cottage class at Phinney Center October 20th 7pm Room 3

DADUs!!!! Ever wanted to learn more

about Detached and Attached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs)? Well, now you

can! Come to our class on Thursday, October 20th 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.

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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.     See you there!

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Life Changes, so the House Changes

Often, residential design is about evolving a space to fit the family. Live-work-play transforms homes to fit the current needs of each family we help. Recently, we worked on three family houses, finding commonalities of space transformation: kids turning into teens, connecting to the outside and borrowing views of beyond. For the Northgate house, we added 770 square feet and a deck above an existing level, allowing each child to have their own space to grow to adulthood, plus their own game table and media space.  The added deck increases psychological and actual freedom of a space beyond, borrowing views of a nearby zen garden. It is an oasis of peace and quiet.

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Media and game table with deck beyond

The West Seattle project is phase two for the family. The kids are now older and need their own space as they become teens. On the main level of the house, we transformed the flow by adding space and relocating the dining area. This new placement enhances the views, increasing the long distance perspective. We added a new adult media area, giving the kids their own hang out room below. The teen hangout and Seahawks fan cave also doubles as the music room. There is now plenty of room for them and for their friends. Extending the space further, we converted part of this level to a ping-pong area and added much needed storage room. The new low maintenance deck capitalizes on the stunning views of downtown and the Cascade mountains, extending the horizon of vistas.

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Connecting the living, dining and media areas to the view.

For the Capitol Hill project, we focused on connecting the interior spaces to each other and to adjacent exterior space for a couple who recently added a child to their family.  Originally, the dining room and kitchen were not connected to the outdoors or to each other. We reconfigured the backyard space next to them by changing the awkwardly shaped and unusable garden, carving out a generous patio area with board-formed concrete walls. The garden now can function for entertaining and kids’ play. We brought views from the outside in by connecting the dining room to the outdoors through french doors and a covered area integrated with the house structure. The center of the house and the heart of the home, the kitchen, is now connected to the dining room and other spaces. New built-ins and lighting enhance this updated space. In the Pacific Northwest, it is important to enjoy the outdoors while we can and also to bring the outdoors inside through views beyond, so we can emotionally connect with it even with the weather is gray and drizzly.

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Connecting the remodeled kitchen and dining room to the new patio.

 

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DADU! Creating a Backyard Cottage class at Phinney Center May 26th 7pm Room 3

DADUs!!!! Ever wanted to learn more about Detached and Attached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs)? Well, now you can! Come to our class on Thursday, May 26th 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.     See you there!

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Materials of Interest: Porcelain Tile

Sheri and the architects at live-work-play are seeing an increased interest from their clients in trend-setting porcelain tile. They are incorporating this material into many of their home and remodel designs.

Porcelain is denser, more porous and a sturdier option that offers greater stain and water resistance than ceramic tile. It’s strong, durable, and resists scratches and chips; a great option for families with young kids and pets. Designs are endless and can take on the look of granite, wood, leather and even fabric. Clients are using it in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, laundry rooms and counter tops with unanimous success.

Porcelain is easy to care for, AND a big plus, it is well-suited for radiant in-floor heating. Who doesn’t want a warm, toasty bathroom floor when you get up in the morning?

Call the professionals at live-work-play and find out how a beautiful porcelain design could add comfort, functionality and an artistic touch to your addition or remodel.

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Come by the Phinney Center Home Design and Remodel Fair

SMALLER LIVING, LARGER LIFE

The Phinney Home Design & Remodel Fair will be held Sunday, January 31.   Please stop by Room 6 to say hello!!

This year’s theme, “Smaller Living, Larger Life,” will focus on ideas for living in a smaller footprint, simplifying, expanding outdoor living space or converting part of a home for a multi-generational household. Sheri Newbold, owner of live-work-play, will be a featured speaker. Her presentation, Creating a Backyard Cottage, begins at 12:50 p.m. Topics include:

– What to think about: goals and values for your Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) (Read live-work-play’s informative blog post on Backyard Cottages here.)
– What to do to get started: does your property meet initial requirements (such as area) and talking about your project with architects and contractors.
– Plus, a brief discussion on potential code changes that may make it easier to create your backyard cottage.

The Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m and showcases a selection of over 70 local exhibitors including general and specialty contractors, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, nonprofit groups and permitting agencies. Check the Fair website for a full schedule of presentations.

Tickets are just $4 for PNA Members and $6 for General Public. Children under 12 are free and tickets are only available at the door. The Phinney Center is located at 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

Looking forward to seeing you at Sheri’s presentation, or stop by room 6 to chat with us at live-work-play.

The proceeds from the Home Fair benefit PNA’s Well Home Program, which provides extensive resources for homeowners and do-it-yourselfers, including a Tool Library, education classes and hand-on workshops, a resource library, referrals, and a monthly Fixers Collective.

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From the Ground Up – Starting your Remodeling Project with Site Design

In our second installment of the live-work-play series, From the Ground Up, we’ll discuss starting your project with site design and how your home is situated on your property. (Read the first in the series here, From the Ground Up – Financing a Project.)

What are some of the issues you’ll need to talk about with your architect? Sheri, and the staff of live-work-play will review and discuss what opportunities you can take advantage of and what the challenges might be. Here are several:

Sun and shade: Where is the sun at different times of day, and different times of year. How does it enter and flow through the house. Is there enough daylight in the appropriate parts of the home? And, don’t forget the exterior spaces!

Privacy:  Are your neighbors overlooking you, or vice versa?  It’s especially important to separate private spaces like the bedrooms and bathrooms. At the exterior, do you feel like you or your neighbors are on display?  Is there enough separation to feel private yet enough openness to feel neighborly?  (This applies to all kinds of housing: single family homes, multi-family and detached accessory dwelling units (DADU’s).

Flow of spaces: How do you want the home to function? What are your needs for your family and looking toward the future? Are you considering indoor/outdoor rooms? How does your garden and/or landscape plans fit into your vision?

Materials and textures: Will you be incorporating elements of ‘green design,’ environmentally friendly systems and products? Will your addition and/or remodel integrate with the original home design and materials? What is the aesthetic you’re looking for?

Storm drainage: You may require review by the City of Seattle if there is over 750 square feet of site disturbance. Each city and/or jurisdiction is different but have commonalities. This means that both roof water, and foundation drain water, need to stay on site and flow into a rain garden (read more here about Seattle’s 12,00 Rain Gardens program,) an infiltration trench, or combination thereof.  (These are best practices, if possible, in all instances whether required or not!)

All of these considerations need to be addressed before your architect can create a design for your new space. Working together ‘from the ground up’ from financing to site design, every stage of the work to completion, will culminate in a well thought out project, with minimal surprises, bringing your dream home to reality.

Next up in our series: From the Ground Up–Foundations and Sub-Flooring.

Remember it’s not too early to plan for next summer and fall construction. Site design can particularly take a bit of extra time! Call or e-mail the professionals at live-work-play now to discuss your new design or remodeling project. 206.726.0077
info@live-work-play.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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