‘Backyard cottage’ in mind? Ncompass plans free workshops

It’s going on 2 years since the city approved new rules for so-called “backyard cottages.” They’re not exactly what the name conjures – they can be elegant, albeit relatively small, residences in their own way. WSB sponsor Ncompass Cottage Company is a specialist in the field and is about to launch a series of free workshops, along with Microhouse Northwest. (At right are Drew Foster and Stefan Hansmire of Ncompass.) They say the city processed 55 construction permits for backyard cottages last year, nine in West Seattle, and they’re ready to share information about everything from the history of the idea, to current regulations, to financing options, planning/design considerations, and how to choose an architect and builder. Got a sketch already? Bring it along. The free one-hour workshops are planned for 7 pm June 22, June 29, and July 13th at the Community School of West Seattle (9450 22nd SW). RSVP (or get questions answered) by contacting Stefan at 206-933-5961 or stefan@ncompass-llc.com.

3 Replies to "'Backyard cottage' in mind? Ncompass plans free workshops"

  • Jason Mihok June 9, 2011 (12:05 am)

    All I ever grow is weeds and crabgrass in the backyard. Maybe its time to try something different.

  • Cowpie June 9, 2011 (8:44 am)

    I’ve been thinnking about this for the last couple years. A buddy and his wife put a small 365 sqft unit on top of their two car garage for his father in-law. The City of Seattle has a great site for rules and regs…along with layout ideas.


  • Dan June 10, 2011 (7:16 pm)

    This is really a good option for older couples. Provides a space away for retirees not used to being together 24/7. Also helpful for when the kids need to move back home.

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