Seattle, WA

A detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU) in the rear yard of a south Seattle home will provide an independent residence for our clients’ boomerang children.

Backyard cottages in Seattle are limited to 800 square feet, so it was important to create an efficient layout where every square inch counts. Near the entry, built-in storage provides a place for shoes and coats with deep storage tucked below the stairs. The kitchen was designed with a large pantry, eat-at island, and space-saving appliances.

The reverse floor plan locates two bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground level so that the open living area above may benefit from vaulted ceilings that follow the slope of the roof. Natural light from large windows and a skylight floods the interior. A Juliet balcony positioned to observe arriving and departing planes from nearby Boeing Field was requested by our aerophile clients.

The backyard cottage (DADU) fits neatly behind the existing house on the site

The reverse floor plan puts two bedrooms on the ground floor

The living spaces take advantage of the vaulted ceiling on the second floor

A living area on the second floor provides a perfect spot to watch planes arriving and departing from Boeing Field nearby

Large windows and a skylight flood the interiors with natural light