MyKabin: Premier Builder Of Seattle DADUs

MyKabin: Premier Builder Of Seattle DADUs

Open House Oct. 19th -27th, 2019

Written by Janet Thome

MyKabin- a Seattle-based construction firm specializing in affordable and sustainable, turnkey detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs). MyKabin re imagines the DADU construction process by focusing on creating beautiful, cottages with a minimally disruptive installation process that saves homeowners time, money and the hassle of a lengthy construction project. Handling the process completely from permitting through inspection.

MyKabin removes the headache of hiring and coordinating from the homeowner, while simultaneously guaranteeing an upfront price that’s more affordable than other construction methods. With extensive customizable options and a strong sustainability commitment, MyKabin is the best DADU solution for Seattle-area homeowners.

MyKabin spent almost a year working with the city, engineering every aspect of the design from the foundation to the roof. The time and technology investment allow them to offer an easy, hassle-free, turnkey option for building a backyard cottage at a price most Seattle homeowners can afford.

For Ronnie & Wendy Cunningham, Seattle natives and owners of the newly finished inaugural MyKabin DADU, building a DADU in the backyard of the Madison Valley home bought in 1975 had been a goal for years. But after fourteen months of navigating the city’s permitting process and receiving construction bids of over $300,000, the project seemed to be hitting insurmountable roadblocks. Enter MyKabin.

Open House For MyKabin’s First Seattle DADU

The Cunningham Kabin at 432 31st Ave E will play host to an open house from October 19-27, 2019, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, allowing Seattleites a special up-close & in-cottage view of what a MyKabin build can be. MyKabin team members will be on hand to answer questions and to help visitors search to see if their home is eligible for a DADU.

Article Source Send2Press

Legislation Passed in July To Ease Restrictions On Backyard Cottages And Basements

On July 1, 2019 the Council unanimously passed legislation (Council Bill 119544) that will make it easier for more property owners to build backyard cottages (detached accessory dwelling units or DADUs) and basement units (attached accessory dwelling units or AADUs) and therefore provide more housing options for people living in Seattle.


Turnkey, Affordable Options Starting At $110,000


How Big MyKabin?

MyKabin currently offers 3 standard sizes and custom options of DADU/ ADU depending on your need.

Small: 253 sq. ft

Medium: 340 sq. ft

Large: 378 sq. ft

What’s Inside MyKabin?

Each Kabin comes built with a full bathroom, a kitchen with refrigerator, cooktop, and counter space, and a closet that is plumbed and powered for an optional washer dryer. MyKabin handles all permitting, site work, and utility connections so that once installed, your backyard cottage is ready to use.

Can I Customize MyKabin?

We are able to sell Kabins at such a low price by standardizing our construction process. With this said, some things are customizable in our DADUs/ADUs. Owners have the option of deleting the kitchen and/or bathroom and closet for some cost reduction. Owners may also customize colors and certain finishing materials such as flooring and cabinetry materials in their backyard cottage.

What Is The Construction And Installation Process?

Our DADUs/ ADUs are built off site where MyKabin can streamline production, quality control, and achieve efficiency so that we can pass the cost savings on to you. All Kabins are designed to state and city building codes and are engineered to be highly energy efficient. Just prior to delivery MyKabin will come to your property to install a foundation and prepare utility connections for your backyard cottage. Once your Kabin is complete and your backyard is ready, your DADU/ ADU will be delivered to your property by truck and then lifted by crane into your backyard. Foundation and utility connections will be completed and finishing touches added. Final installation inspection will be completed by the City and Seattle and then you’ll be ready to move in or rent the unit. MyKabin will manage each step of the process.

Are There Any restrictions On How I Use MyKabin?

The City of Seattle allows DADUs/ ADUs to be used for a wide variety of uses, including AirBnb, monthly rentals and personal uses.

Can I Finance The Purchase Of MyKabin?

Most homeowners in Seattle with verifiable income have enough equity in their primary home to get a home equity line of credit fro a backyard cottage. We have partnered with HomeStreet Bank who has a loan officer familiar with homeowners wishing to finance a MyKabin. While we encourage you to meet with a qualified lending agent to determine your actual cost, the approximate monthly payment on a 20-year line of credit could be $450 per month.

Is My Property Eligible For A Kabin?

Each property is different, so we offer a free assessment of your property’s eligibility for a Kabin. Contact us and we can get started right away!

MYKabin Website

Related: Seattle Desires To Streamline The ADU Process

Seattle Desires To Streamline The ADU Process

Seattle Desires To Streamline The ADU Process

Removing The Barriers For Attached Or Detached ADUs

Written By Janet Thome

In July, the Seattle City Council passed Council Bill 119544 for ADUs, taking away the barriers and making it easier for more property owners to build backyard cottages (detached accessory dwelling units or DADUs) and basement units (attached accessory dwelling units or AADUs) and therefore provide more housing options for people living in Seattle.

What Is An ADU?

Backyard Cottage ADU

An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a separate living space within a house or on the same property as an existing house. These units aren’t legal unless they have been established through a permit process. A legally permitted unit in the home is called an attached accessory dwelling unit (AADU). A legally permitted unit on the property (but not within the home) is called a detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU) or backyard cottage. Tiny houses, with foundations, are considered DADUs.

The Legislation:

  • Reduces the minimum lot size required to build a DADU on a single-family lot from 4,000 square feet to 3,200 square feet;
  • Increase the maximum size of DADUs from 800 square feet to 1,000 square feet, excluding any parking or storage areas;
  • Removes the owner-occupancy requirement for ADUs;
  • Removes the off-street parking requirement for ADUs;
  • Allows two ADUs on one lot (either one attached and one detached, or two attached) if the second ADU meets a green building standard or will be affordable to households at or below 80% of area median income;
  • Increases the maximum household size permitted on a single-family lot from 8 to 12 unrelated people only if the lot includes two ADUs;
  • Increases DADU height limits by 1-3 feet, with flexibility for green building strategies;
  • Allows design flexibility to preserve existing trees and to convert existing accessory structures to a DADU;
  • Require annual reporting on ADU production and requires that the Office of Planning and Community Development and the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections conduct a survey of ADU owners and occupants within 3 years.
  • Introduces a Floor Area Limit (FAR) for all new development in single-family zones with some exemptions (this regulation has a delayed effective date until March 1, 2020);

Accessory Dwelling Unit Webpage

Effective March 1st, 2020

The regulations for accessory dwelling units were updated by Ordinance 125854 and the majority of the requirements are effective as of August 8, 2019. The updated requirements to floor area limits in single-family zones SF5000, SF7200, and SF9600 will be effective on March 1, 2020.

Executive Order To Encourage ADUs.

Mayor Jenny Durkan’s July 2019 Executive Order calls for other actions to encourage accessible and afford-able ADUs. In addition to pre-approved DADU plans, they  are developing an affordable ADU financing option, creating new online tools and resources, and monitoring ADU development annually.

To simplify and streamline permitting, the City is developing pre-approved DADU construction plans that offer a faster, easier, and more predictable design and permitting process.

Public Comments Welcome: Survey Open Until October 19th, 2019

Here’s how it works:1.The  public survey informs design principles and criteria we will use to select plans. 2. They  invite designers and builders to submit DADU designs.3. Permitting staff pre-approve 6-10 plans chosen based on selection criteria.4. Plans become available for homeowners, who can connect with the designer to create a site plan. Homeowners choosing a pre-approved DADU plan get a shorter permit review process and reduced permit fee.

Plans selected for pre-approval will be featured in an online gallery on the City’s ADU website.Why encourage ADUs? ADUs offer Seattle residents several opportunities: »More places to rent in neighborhoods where housing is often unaffordable»For owners, a path to generate income and wealth»Homes meeting the needs of families with children, aging in place, multi generational households, and people with disabilities.


The process to create an ADU can sometimes feel complex or intimidating. To simplify and streamline permitting, the City of Seattle is developing pre-approved construction plans for detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs), often called backyard cottages. Using a pre-approved DADU plan will provide a faster, easier, and more predictable design and permitting process.

This fall, we will ask the design community to submit DADU designs that the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) will review and pre-approve. But first, we want to hear your ideas for design principles we should encourage through this process.

This survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will inform how we evaluate the design submissions. Thank you for taking this time to support this process. To learn more, read our summary.

Take The Survey

ADU Fair: Resources For Creating Accessory Dwelling Units: October 19th, 2019

Want to learn more? On October 19, OPCD and other departments will be attending ADU Fair: Resources for creating accessory dwelling units, a free event at Southside Commons from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Come by to learn about ADUs, talk with staff, or even take the survey. You can also email  at, read our summary, and visit the SDCI website on ADUs.

Photo Credit: Clayton Homes


ADU Financing: Craft3

ADU Financing: Craft3

Finance Your Attached Or Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit ( ADU )

Written By Janet Thome

Craft3- a regional nonprofit CDFI that makes loans to strengthen the economic, ecological and family resilience in Oregon and Washington. They lend to established nonprofits and growing and start-up businesses – including those that don’t qualify for traditional loans.

Craft3 Helps Families Of All Income Levels

Craft3  helps  families of all income levels finance energy upgrades, build accessory dwelling units, and replace failing septic systems and aging manufactured homes. From regional offices in Port Angeles, Seattle, Spokane and Walla Walla, Wash., and Astoria, Bend, Klamath Falls and Portland, Ore., Craft3 has invested more than $534 million in Northwest communities.

ADU Loan Features

  • Borrow up to $150,000 for design, permitting and construction
  • Fixed interest rates
  • Reduced rates available for income-qualified applicants
  • Convenient repayment directly from your bank account


  • Residential properties in Portland, Oregon
  • Owner-occupied, single family residence And in the coming months, we hope to expand our ADU Loan beyond Portland. So if you’re living elsewhere in Oregon or in Washington state – we’d still love to grab your info. We’ll keep you in the loop about our activities and use your interest to inform where and when we expand next. Use the same ‘I Want Financing’ button.

How It Works

  1. Develop a project with your builder
  2. Discuss your project with Craft3; get started using the ‘I Want Financing‘ button above
  3. Complete a loan application
  4. Submit your documents
  5. Receive a decision and finalize the design of your project
  6. Sign your loan documents
  7. Build your ADU
  8. Repay through your bank account

ADU Brochure 

More Details About Craft3 

Dweller, An ADU Builder And Craft3 Have A Business Relationship Located in S.E. Portland

Dweller builds and installs accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in a low cost, efficient manner to allow as many homeowners as possible to benefit from this source of extra income and desperately needed housing

Dweller specializes in producing ADUs in an affordable, efficient manner to allow as many homeowners as possible to benefit from this source of extra income and housing. Our model is unique because we build all of our ADUs offsite which saves substantial time and money compared to ADUs built onsite. And instead of requiring the homeowner to manage a lengthy design, permitting and construction process, Dweller handles the entire process at a fixed, affordable cost to the homeowner.

 Dweller ADU is a self-contained living space with the look and feel of a house brought down to small scale. Each Dweller ADU is approximately 450 sq ft. and has a living space, a kitchen with full size appliances, a bathroom and a bedroom. High quality materials with full sized windows and doors are used during the construction of each unit. For the exterior, landscaping to provide privacy between the primary unit and the Dweller ADU is employed.

Two Choices With Dweller

A homeowner can buy directly  from Dweller or enter into a ground lease with Dweller.

Open House Dweller: October 2nd And October 5th

Dweller is hosting two open houses the first week of October: 10/2 from 5:30-7:30pm in SE Portland and 10/5 from 1-3pm in SW Portland. Sign up at to receive invite with address.

More Details About Dweller 

Related: Rent The Backyard

Public Comment Stage: Wa. State Appendix Q

Public Comment Stage: Wa. State Appendix Q

Public Testimony Period For Proposed Changes Of Appendix Q Open Until Sept. 27th, 2019


Written By Janet Thome

On July 31st, 2019 the Washington State Building Code Council had a TAG meeting that was open to the public. The subject for discussion was IRC Appendix Q, Tiny Houses Sleeping Lofts. The building code council presented an amended version of Appendix Q. It was announced in the meeting that the public would be allowed to comment both in person and through written testimonies.

Senate House Bill ESSB 5383 mandated that the building code council adopt building codes specific for tiny homes by Dec 31st, 2019.

Washington State Defined Tiny Homes In Section Five Of ESSB 5383

“Tiny house” and “tiny house with wheels” means a dwelling to be used as permanent housing with permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation built in accordance with the state building code.

 Public testimony period for proposed changes of Appendix Q open until Sept. 27th, 2019.


Oral Testimonies

Spokane Valley: Sept 13th, 2019 and Olympia : Sept 27th, 2019

Written Testimonies

Go to the SBCC website and click Here. Scroll down and click on the 2018 International Residential Code to view the CR-102 – locations for public meetings are also in CR-1-102.

Senate House Bill ESSB 5383 Tiny Houses.

Effective July 28th, 2019

Section One: Appendix Q Can Provide A Basis For The Standards Requested In The Act

The legislature recognizes that the International Code Council in 2018 has issued tiny house building code standards in Appendix Q of the International Residential Code, which can provide a basis for the standards requested within this act.

Section Six: By December 31st, 2019 Adopt Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses

Sec. 6. RCW 19.27.035 and 2018 c 207 s 2 are each amended to read as follows: The building code council shall:

(1) ( A )   By July 1, 2019, adopt a revised process for the review of proposed statewide amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW ; 19.27.031 and ;

(B) Adopt a process for the review of proposed or enacted local amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031 as amended and adopted by the state building code council.

(2) By December 31st, 2019 Adopt Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses

Amended Version Of Appendix Q And Minutes From July 31st, 2019

The TAG reviewed the attached proposal. This proposal was approved by the SBCC to solicit public testimony through the State’s Rulemaking process (CR-102). The TAG felt this proposal adequately addressed ESSB 5383 and no further action by the TAG was necessary. There were no dissenting votes.

 At This Time  Moveable Tiny Homes Have Not Been Addressed By The Tag Team

Approval Process

The approval process for a tiny home depends on where it is built

Tiny Homes: From Washington State Labor And Industries

A tiny home is a dwelling that may be built on wheels and is no larger than 400 square feet, including a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping/living area, and must be built to the Washington State Building Code. The approval process for a tiny home depends on where it’s built.

On this page, you can determine whether you need approval of construction plans and inspections from L&I or the local building department where the home is being built.

  • IF you are building a tiny home on the site where it will be occupied and used, then you do not need to read any further: Contact your local building department . You may also need an L&I electrical inspection.
  • IF you’re building a structure with wheels, that’s not a tiny home as described above, then you may be building a recreational vehicle or park model. L&I inspects and regulates these units. You will need to contact your local building department to find out where it can be located or placed.
  • IF you’re purchasing a manufactured home of any size, including a tiny manufactured home, then you will need to contact your local building department to find out where it can be located.
  • IF you’re building a tiny home somewhere OTHER than where it will be occupied and used, then move on to “building a tiny home” below.

Building A Tiny Home Offsite

L&I is the building department for the construction of tiny homes that are built at OFFSITE locations, such as a factory or even a back yard. L&I reviews plans and inspections for tiny homes built offsite from where they will be placed.

Building A Tiny Home Offsite

Washington Labor And Industries

L&I frequently receives inquiries regarding the rules and requirements for “tiny homes”. In Washington State “tiny homes” must meet the State Building Code requirements (RCW 19.27.031). Other types of units such as Park Model RVs (PMRV), Recreational Vehicles (RV) and HUD Manufactured Homes are not tiny homes even though people may be living in them.

Please note that while L&I inspects and labels several of these types of structures, or units; cities and counties are responsible for regulating how all structures, or units, including, RV’s, PMRV’s modular buildings and manufactured homes can be used within their jurisdictions.

If you have questions about using an RV, PMRV, modular building or manufactured home to live in, please contact your local building department first. L&I can only approve the construction of RV’s, PMRV’s and modular buildings, not how they are used or where they can be located.

Labor And Industries Tiny Home Hand Out

Photo Credit: American Tiny House

Washington State Tiny Home News

Washington State Tiny Home News

No construction yet, but Yakima organizers “moving” on plans to build tiny home village for the homeless  Nov. 19th, 2019

An effort to build 30 tiny houses with onsite services and security for homeless people near Milroy Park is still alive, even though there hasn’t been any apparent movement on construction, a project official said.

“Yeah, it’s been a quiet time, but behind the scenes we’ve been moving,” said David Helseth, president of the nonprofit Justice Housing Yakima.

The group proposed the project several years ago and faced many hurdles in finding a location.

Article Source Yakima Herald

Tacoma council to vote Tuesday over a tiny house village for the homeless Nov. 18th, 2019

TACOMA, Wash. — The city of Tacoma is considering a tiny house community as they work to address their homeless crisis.

On Tuesday, the council will vote on a resolution to build a tiny home village. If the resolution passes, Tacoma will pay a Seattle non-profit $380,000 to open and operate a tiny house community for the homeless. The would start work immediately.

Move out date moves up at Seattle tiny house village Nov. 18th, 2019

SEATTLE – As one of Seattle’s tiny home villages braces to shut down earlier than expected, Tacoma is getting ready to launch a similar village to house the homeless.

On Tuesday, Tacoma city council members are set vote on a $388,000 plan to help dozens of people experiencing homelessness, living out of tents in public parks. The city would team up with the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) to open a 22-unit tiny house village where as many as 35 people could live. It could be built on a vacant lot along Martin Luther King Junior Way.

Article Source Komo News

Article Source KIng5

First Federal grants support Peninsula nonprofits Nov 17th, 2019

Grants of $50,000 each went to the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) to build a model tiny home for Pennies for Quarters, a nonprofit providing assistance to homeless veterans and their families in Port Angeles, and to the Northwest Maritime Center to fund initial equipment needs for the new Port Townsend Maritime Academy Skills Center.

The model tiny home is expected to be the first of 24 to be constructed by CRTC for Pennies For Quarters.

Article Source Penisula Daily News

Puyallup mobile home park to become tiny home community Nov. 12th, 2019

An Oregon developer is converting a Puyallup mobile park into a tiny home community.

The property on Fruitland Avenue and 96th Street East has two tiny homes for sale, as the developer, Bridgeview Asset Management, builds 28 more.

“We are very excited to be providing unique tiny homes in Puyallup at a highly affordable price,” Megan Wiseman with Bridgeview said.

Article Source The News Tribune

Seattle plans to cut funding to tiny house village Nov 8th, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) — When employees from the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI) came to the Northlake tiny house village on Oct. 29 to tell the formerly homeless residents that their village would be closed in December, things quickly got ugly.

There was shouting. A LIHI employee called the villagers “children,’’ and a villager responded with obscenities. LIHI said one of their employees was shoved. A physical tug-of-war erupted between villagers and LIHI. The villagers won and pulled a gate shut.

Article Source NWAsian Weekly

Seattle City Council may add millions to mayor’s budget for LEAD, public toilets, tiny houses Nov. 6th, 2019

The Seattle City Council may add millions of dollars to Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposed 2020 budget to grow a jail-diversion program, buy mobile restrooms for people living on the streets and open new tiny-house villages for homeless people.

The council doesn’t yet know how exactly state Initiative 976, which is leading in Tuesday’s election and would slash car-tab taxes and fees, may change Seattle’s budget calculus.

Durkan sent her $6.5 billion proposed budget to the council in September, including a record more than $100 million in appropriations for homeless-related services.

Article Source Seattle Times 

Letter: Langley ordinance changes encourage affordable housing without sewer Nov. 4th, 2019

Regarding the Infrastructure Bond proposed for Langley, I am writing to inform residents of recent changes in city ordinances that have provided numerous opportunities for affordable housing without extending sewers to the sensitive Edgecliff bluff area.

These new ordinances include allowing two tiny houses or two accessory dwelling units [ADUs] on every single-family lot served by sewer in Langley; one tiny house or ADU on every single-family lot served by septic; less restrictive hookup fees, and the ability to develop tiny house communities of 12 units per acre.

Article Source SouthWhidbeyRecord

This social purpose corporation builds innovative, durable tiny houses for emergency response Oct. 7th, 2019

When Amy and Brady King started experimenting with how to build durable, reusable temporary housing that would be easy to transport and assemble, they were imagining a product to assist people after natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods that usually struck far from the Northwest.

But their first big customer ended up being close to home and for an ongoing, social emergency — the Northwest’s homelessness crisis.

Three years ago the Kings launched Pallet, an Everett, Wash. company that sells temporary shelters made of hard, plastic panels.

Article Source GeekWire

Jefferson County commissioners mull homeless plan Oct. 2nd, 2019

PORT TOWNSEND — A five-year plan to address the homeless crisis in Jefferson County has been recommended to the Jefferson County commissioners.

The three-member Board of County Commissioners has until Dec. 1 to revise or approve the plan before it’s referred to the state Department of Commerce.The state-mandated document requires local governments to file a plan to be eligible for funding. The 47-page document, “Making Homelessness a Singular Occurrence,” covers 2020-24 and lays the foundation for identifying not only those in need but community partners who can respond.

If it’s fully implemented, the document says there should be an increase of 300 safe housing units by Dec. 31, 2024. They would include 162 apartments, 30 new Habitat for Humanity homes, 28 safe beds (16 hostel and 12 respite), 40 safe placements for seniors in 20 senior RV units, 20 tiny homes that serve at least 20 people and 20 safe beds in two host homes and multiple host families to house youth.

Article Source Peninsula Daily News

The Role of Community Land Trusts in Cascadia’s Quest for Affordable Housing Sept. 25th, 2019

Unlike renters who are stuck paying whatever hike the market demands, people who own their homes can benefit from local investment. As families throughout Cascadia feel the pinch of rising housing costs, more cities of all sizes are turning to the Community Land Trust (CLT) model to extend ownership opportunities across the income spectrum.

As housing advocates have long argued, CLTs halt displacement in its tracks in two main ways: they help low-income renters become owners, and they ensure permanent affordability by limiting the price at each resale. [Some CLTs also provide affordable rentals for very low-income people who can’t acquire a mortgage.] For communities under threat of displacement, CLTs can turn around a family’s fate by providing not only stable, affordable housing, but also an opportunity for wealth-building otherwise out of reach.

Article Source Sightline Institute 

Cheap, practical, life-saving: Seattle should build more tiny house villages Sept. 23rd, 2019

Living in a car was dangerous, Floyd said in her testimony, and kept her in a state of constant fear and uncertainty. But at Camp Second Chance, a clean and sober encampment, “I felt self-empowered. I felt stability. I had safety,” she said. At Camp Second Chance, she had the community and support she needed to get back on her feet. And last May, Floyd moved into permanent housing — her own apartment.

In the past three years, Seattle’s few tiny house villages have helped nearly 500 people like Floyd find permanent housing, according to the Low Income Housing Institute, a nonprofit agency that operates tiny house villages in cooperation with residents and community groups throughout Seattle and in Olympia. In fact, tiny house villages have a remarkable track record of success in moving their residents into permanent housing.

Article Source Crosscut

Seattle council-member pushes for increasing number of tiny house villages Sept 18th, 2019

Now, a Seattle City Council member is pushing to expand the number of tiny house villages allowed in the city so hundreds more people have access.

Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s   expand the number of transitional interim use encampments allowed in the city from three to 40. Under the proposal, each encampment could have up to 100 people. Permits for the encampments would last for one year with the option for renewal. The limit of 40 encampments would not include transitional encampments located on property owned or controlled by a religious organization, according to the draft legislation.

Tiny homes offer people a space of their own where they can lock their belongings and have access to simple amenities. The villages have central areas with showers and bathrooms or porta-potties, and a communal kitchen area.

Article Source Seattle PI

City staff, fire chief ask council to abandon allowing RVs as full-time homes on Bainbridge Sept. 10th, 2019

The Bainbridge city council is considering a change in its development rules that would allow recreational vehicles, or RVs, to be used as permanent, year-round homes.But while the move is meant to help alleviate the affordable housing crunch on the island, other public officials are raising safety concerns about the proposal, and warn it won’t be a quick fix to the lack of lower-cost housing on the island.

Article Source Bainbridge Island Review

Tiny home village coming to Port Orchard Sept. 10th, 2019

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — Kitsap County leaders are hoping a tiny home village in Port Orchard will lead to some big changes when it comes to homelessness in the area.

We’ve told you about tiny home communities popping up across western Washington before, and now there plans in the works to bring one to Port Orchard.

Article Source 13 FOX TV

City of Seattle extends leases for several ‘tiny house’ villages Sept 8th, 2019

The City of Seattle has announced an extension of permits for several ‘tiny house’ villages to operate on city property.

Tiny house villages were created as part of the city’s efforts to create enhanced shelters for homeless populations. Tiny houses replace tents and provide insulated, wooden sleeping structures. These villages have full-time case managers, running water and expanded kitchens.

Article Source K5News

Elizabeth Campbell fighting legislation to allow more tiny house villages around Seattle Sept 5th, 2019

Elizabeth Campbell is challenging a suite of land-use code amendments that would ease restrictions on tiny house villages and allow for their construction citywide.

The Magnolia resident is challenging the adequacy of a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Non-Significance, arguing that the city failed to properly assess the impacts of allowing tiny house villages — or transitional encampments — in all parts of the city.

Article Source Queen Anne And Magnolia News

Public Comment Stage: Appendix Q Washington State August 30th, 2019

On July 31st, 2019 the Washington State Building Code Council had a TAG meeting that was open to the public. The subject for discussion was IRC Appendix Q, Tiny Houses Sleeping Lofts. The building code council presented an amended version of Appendix Q. It was announced in the meeting that the public would be allowed to comment both in person and through written testimonies.

Senate House Bill ESSB 5383 mandated that the building code council adopt building codes specific for tiny homes by Dec 31st, 2019.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

Tiny Homes Could Help Solve Region’s Ever-Growing Need for Affordable Housing August 30th, 2019

Sen. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup, led the charge in passing Senate Bill 5383, Barkis said, which recently went into effect. 

The bill allows cities and counties to permit tiny house villages and recognizes the use of tiny houses as a primary residence within mobile home communities. 

Article Source Nisqually News

Longview mobile home co-op a model for saving low-income housing August 7th, 2019

The co-op bought the park in February for $1.2 million, financed by loans from the Washington Community Reinvestment Association and Washington State Housing Finance Commission. ROC Northwest searches for manufactured housing parks up for sale and works with residents to create a co-op and secure financing, said Miles Nowlin, cooperative development specialist.

Article Source The Columbian 

Land-use code amendments could come before Seattle City Council this fall August 7th, 2019

The District 3 councilmember has proposed legislation that would allow up to 40 of the transitional encampments to be permitted in Seattle. It also would allow tiny house villages on all publicly owned and private property in the city on an interim basis, remove land-use permitting requirements for religious organizations to host the encampments and ease site requirements citywide.

Article Source Madison Park Times

Tiny home vs county: Effort to help homeless runs afoul of regulations August 7th, 2019

Blake has been renting Soderberg’s RV space since March. Before that, he was homeless for three months. Having the opportunity to live in a tiny house has helped him get his life back on track.

Article Source MYNorthwest

Can tiny houses help solve affordability crisis? A student who’s building one thinks so August 2nd, 2019

“I wanted the security of owning my own house, but this day and age, (for) my generation, owning a house isn’t really realistic,” she said.

Arriving at the property where she currently lives, which Tyrnauer calls an eco-village, she gives a quick tour, pointing out the chicken coop and vegetable garden. Residents collaborate on property chores and occasionally cook together.

Sections have been set up as campsites, rented out on Hipcamp, a site like Airbnb which matches property owners with people wishing to camp.

Article Source News Tribune

Will Washington State Adopt Appendix Q? ESSB 5383 Public Meeting July 31st, 2018

After reviewing ESSB 5383 and also speaking to Richard Brown, the Managing Director of the Washington State Building Code Council, he has been confirmed that Appendix Q has not been adopted. There is still a chance that it will be adopted, but it has been heavily amended. July 31st, 2019 is the launch of adopting Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses and adopting Appendix Q as it has been amended.

Article Source Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins

SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5383 : Effective July 28th, 2019

Section One: Appendix Q Can Provide A Basis For The Standards

The legislature recognizes that the International Code Council in 2018 has issued tiny house building code standards in Appendix Q of the International Residential Code, which can provide a basis for the standards requested within this act.

Section Six

The building code council shall: Adopt Building Code Standards For Tiny Houses

(1)(a) By July 1, 2019, adopt a revised process for the review of proposed statewide amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW919.27.031;

(b) Adopt a process for the review of proposed or enacted local amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031 as amended and adopted by the state building code council.

(2) By December 31, 2019, adopt building code standards specific  for tiny houses.

Article Source LegalWa.Gov

House Bill Report ESSB 5383

From Olympia to Bellingham: Tiny home villages offer a path toward permanent housing June 26th, 2019

Nichols only wishes people opposed to the villages could hear and see the kindness that pours from the people who inhabit the tiny homes. In one story she shared, a woman she came to know had been homeless for 10 years until she was finally placed in a tiny dwelling. It wasn’t too long later that a mother approached the gates at the tiny home village one evening with her four small children.

The mother pleaded with those at the village, “ We don’t have a place to be. We need a home.”

The chronically homeless woman, the one who was given a safe spot to sleep, offered to again move out so the mother and her children could have a place to sleep.

Article Source Snoqualmie Record

Snohomish County center to offer trade apprenticeships to high schoolers April 20th, 2019

Students who are accepted into the program spend half their day at the center building a set of skills they can apply in the trade field after school. The program is open to students at 14 school districts.

In the construction program, students are building tiny homes for the homeless with the Low Income Housing Institute, which provided the materials.

Article Source KBC News

Tiny house communities bill passes Legislature  April 12th, 2019

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Plum Street Tiny Home Village : Community Wide Effort to Help the Homeless February 19th, 2019

The tiny house village opened in February 2019, offering 29 shelters to homeless individuals previously living in tents downtown. “Once the village opened, there was an immediate impact on the downtown homeless population,” says Colin DeForrest, Homeless Response Coordinator for the City of Olympia.

Article Source Thurston Talk

Anacortes code update could pave way for new housing July 24th, 2019

A new concept called cottage housing, a cluster of four to 12 single-family homes around a common space, will be allowed in all residential zones.

Article Source GoAnacortes

As Seattle cracks down on McMansions, a question lingers: Are huge homes morally wrong? July 7th, 2019

At the same time, Seattle is allowing more people to build more spacious backyard cottages, either for rentals or for family members to use, providing more modestly priced housing for people who can’t afford McMortgages.

Article Source Deseret News

What new backyard cottage legislation means for Seattle homeowners July 18th, 2019

The old rules required homeowners in single-family zones to live onsite, preventing DADUs from being built on rental properties and making it impossible for homeowners to move out and keep their home and ADU as two rental properties.

They also required an off-street parking spot for each ADU so homeowners sans off-street parking could not rent out ADUs. Neither of these rules apply anymore. Size restrictions have also been eased to allow larger, taller DADUs.

Article Source The Seattle Times

Facing Homelessness-a local nonprofit behind The Block Project, finds a new avenue for its advocacy July 11th, 2019

Facing Homelessness—which started as a Facebook page aimed at humanizing Seattle’s thousands of homeless residents by telling some of their stories, and expanded to include the BLOCK Project.

Article Source Seattle Mag

Kitsap Homes of Compassion targets local affordable housing July 8th, 2019

Kitsap Homes of Compassion (KHOC) is a nonprofit with the goal of ending homelessness in Kitsap County by creating affordable long-term housing solutions through the use of shared, leased homes.

Article Source Kitsap Daily News

Public Meeting Coming On Church’s Plan To Open Tiny home Village July 8th, 2019

An Olympia church that wants to house people in tiny homes on its property will hold a public meeting on its plan later this month.

In May, Westminster Presbyterian Church on Boulevard Road Southeast announced plans to offer homeless people transitional housing. Up to 10 people would live in eight 8-foot-by-12-foot structures and share a kitchen in the southwest corner of the church property, according to plans submitted to the city of Olympia.

The meeting on the plan is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 24 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1925 Boulevard Road SE.

Meanwhile, the city has committed $100,000 to support tiny homes and shelters hosted by churches and nonprofits. At Westminster, the Low Income Housing Institute, which runs a city-owned tiny home village near Plum Street Southwest, would provide case management under a contract with the city.

Westminster’s proposal is the first to come out of a group of faith-based organizations that has been working since last fall on ways to address homelessness.

Article Source The Olympian

Seattle Says Yes to the Best Rules in America for Backyard Cottages July 1st, 2019

Seattle City Council took a big step Monday toward creating a more sustainable city, voting unanimously to enact legislation that will make it easier for homeowners to build in-law suites, garage apartments, and backyard cottages—modest homes the wonks call accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

Article Source Sightline Institute

From Olympia to Bellingham: Tiny home villages offer a path toward permanent housing June 29th, 2019

The idea has become more common — in 2018 a group of 20 local Mercer Island volunteers built two tiny houses on the lawn of Mercer Island Presbyterian Church near Island Crest Way, and in 2019 the Mercer Island United Methodist Church followed with its own tiny home project. Tiny houses have been built and placed in villages emerging up and down Interstate 5. As a result, advocates say tiny house residents have found a path to not only permanent housing but toward reclaiming a sense of dignity.

Article Source Mercer Island Reporter

For some homeless, ‘a place to call home’ will be in these tiny homes in Bellingham June 24th, 2019

A nonprofit that operates a homeless tent encampment in Bellingham is replacing its tents with tiny homes.

Known as Safe Haven, the encampment is in part of the What-Comm Dispatch Center’s parking lot at 620 Alabama St. in the Sunnyland neighborhood. It’s been on the city-owned land since April 4 and will be there through this summer.

Article Source The Bellingham Herald

Mediator may be brought in to help with tiny home dispute June 24th, 2019

A mediator may soon play a role in the outcome of a dispute involving residents at the Othello Village who are on “strike” over who should run their tiny house village in Seattle’s Rainier Valley.

One small step for tiny houses could soften Puget Sound affordability crunch June 1st, 2019

Under Senate Bill 5383, Washington cities and counties now have more flexibility to authorize tiny house developments. Local governments are prohibited from adopting ordinances that would ban tiny houses from being used as primary residences in a manufactured/ mobile home community. And landlord-tenant law protections apply to residents of tiny house projects.

Article Source KOMO News

Housing Crisis Has Seattle Weighing End Of Single Family Dwelling May 19th, 2019

n an effort to address the issue, Mayor Jenny Durkan, a Democrat, signed a Mandatory Housing Affordability policy into law in March that would change zoning rules in 27 neighborhoods. The policy is expected to generate 6,000 new homes over the next decade.

From Philadelphia to Portland, housing advocates all over the U.S. have gained momentum in their push to reduce single-family neighborhoods. In December, Minneapolis became the first major U.S. city to eliminate single-family zoning altogether, voting to allow for complexes with up to three dwelling units in all of its neighborhoods. In California, a large piece of housing legislation reducing single-family zoning across the state has made progress through the state Senate.

Article Source NBC News

Governor Jay Inslee legalizes Tiny Houses and Tiny Houses with Wheels May 9th, 2019

Tiny House Law: Washington State

An  act relation  to tiny houses; amending RCW 58.17.040,135.21.684, 43.22.450, 19.27.035, and 35.21.278; adding a new section2to chapter 35.21 RCW; and creating a new section

Tiny Home Notion: Legislators, advocates for affordable housing see benefits of growing market

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup, and passed by both the House and Senate, has been sent to the governor’s office.

“We are waiting for Gov. Inslee to sign off on it any day now,” said Todd McKellips, executive director of the Washington Tiny House Association, a nonprofit organization that advocates for tiny house legalization.

Tiny House Law: Washington State

Article Source The Spokesman- Review

Washington Just Advanced the Nation’s Best ADU Reform. Here’s Why It’ll Help February 28th, 2019

Granny flats and backyard cottages keep families together, save old homes, and let seniors age in place.

It’s a new life that lets multi-generational families live together, seniors age in place, and owners on fixed incomes stay in their homes. Tucked into or alongside existing houses, these small homes—collectively termed accessory dwelling units (ADUs)—can meet evolving household needs and help families of all kinds find greater housing security.

Article Source Sightline Institute

Legislature Paves the Way for Tiny Houses

Directs adoption of building code standards for tiny houses May 2nd, 2019

In 2018, the International Code Council issued tiny house building standards in Appendix Q of the International Residential Code (IRC). ESSB 5383 directs the State Building Council to adopt standards specific to tiny houses by December 31, 2019. The legislature expects the newly-issued IRC guidance to become the basis for these standards. Local governments, in turn, can amend their building codes to include these new provisions.

Also, just last year the state legislature passed a bill authorizing local governments to adopt regulations eliminating any minimum gross floor area requirements for single-family dwellings (See HB 1085).

Includes prefabricated tiny houses in definition of factory-built housing

The bill expands the definition of factory-built housing in RCW 43.22.450 to include tiny houses and tiny houses with wheels, thereby incorporating prefabricated tiny houses into the L&I certification process for factory-built housing.

Creates a regulatory pathway for permitting tiny house communities May 14th, 2019

Currently RCW 58.17.040(5) allows the use of a binding site plan:

Article Source MRSC

The Block Project: Seattle Backyards Needed June 8th, 2019

The Block Project and Rex Hohlbein, the founder of Facing Homelessness is on a mission to end homelessness one tiny home at a time. More backyards needs. Can you Say Yes In My Backyard.

Facing Homelessness connects a name, their face and tells the story of each person, without judgement. Rex shares their hopes and dreams and immediate needs and so gently asks for a tent, a camera, a hotel stay, a dentist, paint supplies or whatever the person is in need of. I read every story, donate when I can, share and always cry at the beauty of the real humanity that I know we are.

Rex Is Teaching Us To Say Hello And  Not Look Away

Through its integrated design, this project will not only offer opportunities for healing and advancement to those formerly living on the fringes of society, but it will also bring connection, relationship, and compassion to the center of our lives and communities.

Do You Ever Say Someone Needs To Do Something And Realize That Someone Is You?

Article Source Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins

Soap Lake, Wa Has Become Very Tiny Home Friendly July 24th, 2019

In 2016, the city council of Soap Lake, Wa. adopted chapter 17.25 into the Soap Lake Municipal Code to encourage single units and clusters of tiny homes on city lots in Soap Lake. The minimum requirement is 200 square feet and the maximum requirement is 1000 square feet. At this time, wheels need to be taken off, but they are very open to changes and willing to have an open conversation to make it work for everyone.

Note: Updated on May 29th, 2019: The requirement  for having the wheels removed will be amended because of the law the governor signed., Senate Bill 53883  Click Here.

Article Source Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins

Tiny Home Fire: No Insurance June 13th, 2019

Propane Refrigerator Caught On Fire

In June the family installed a propane refrigerator to provide fresh food in their recent off grid lifestyle. The first refrigerator had an immediate problem. After Renna carefully installed the refrigerator and went to light it, the refrigerator caught fire. Luckily Renna put the fire out and called Amazon to return the unit.

Days later a new new refrigerator was sent and it was installed and lit successfully. Renna watched the refrigerator closely for 24 hours. Luckily no one was home, when there was an explosion the next day that burnt the family’s home to the ground.

Wrong Information On Insurance

”Not only was this a 25,000 investment they made with nearly everything they had, it was not insured because of tiny house legislation that restricts these units from being considered houses. This does not account for the months of labor and love the entire community put into building it.” ( Homeowners quote )

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Once homeless and helpless, woman now helps build ‘tiny homes’ for others like her June 16th, 2018

She was with a group of other women, laughing and joking together as they set up walls, hammered in nails, framed doorways and painted houses for the city’s unique “Women4Women” project.

Article Source ABC News

Tacoma Adopts Exemplary Reform for In-Law Apartments March 20th, 2019

Tacoma has joined the growing list of Cascadian cities taking action to welcome more in-law apartments and backyard cottages into their residential neighborhoods. On Tuesday, the Tacoma city council adopted a liberalized set of rules for accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Tacoma got a lot right with its ADU reform, but there’s still room for improvement.

Article Source Sightline Institute