S1. Molly's Pocket Mansion

Site Description

ENERGY EFFICIENCY, INDOOR AIR QUALITY, MATERIALS EFFICIENCY, DESIGN INNOVATION

S.A.G.E. Designs NW believes that Seattle could be a more densely packed city in terms of available housing stock. We feel that backyard dwellings are an optimal solution. SDNW enjoys the Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) challenge - whether they are made of sticks or steel.

Molly's Pocket Mansion is a wonderful DADU in West Seattle. At just under 800sf it is a great layout for one person or for a couple. One of the owner's priorities was natural light. This house is filled with great light - featuring a clerstory window and many well placed light fixtures.

Privacy is a serious concern with a Backyard Cottage. We were careful to sculpt the windows for maximum light, decent privacy, and we even captured a view of the Olympics from the kitchen window. In fact, as we were building, we noticed a great opportunity. We removed the range hood, put in a downdraft vent, and made that window larger (and lower). This is a great example of the flexibility that Design/Build offers.

Aging in place was another primary concern. This project is packed with solutions for ease of living including a roll-in shower. One additional special feature was a sound wall on the alley side. We made sure there were no penetrations - windows, plumbing or otherwise - and we included a layer of sound board to keep out the noise… and it works just great.

SDNW utilized the expertise of Swensen Say Faget (SSF) Structural Engineers on this project. They are knowledgable about advanced framing systems - saves lumber and adds insulation - as well as being masterful at many strategies for economizing small space design.

Come for a visit and enjoy this little gem filled with natural light. You may even fall in love with the clever layout & want us to Design & Build one for you.

This year S.A.G.E. Designs NW Architecture Studio Incorporated is celebrating their 11-year anniversary as well as welcoming Lia - the Drafter - on to the SDNW team! on this project. They are experts in advanced framing systems - saves lumber and adds insulation - as well as being masterful at many strategies for economizing small space design.

Come for a visit & enjoy this little gem filled with natural light. You may even fall in love with the clever layout & want us to Design & Build one for you.

This year we will be celebrating S.A.G.E. Designs NW Architecture Studio Incorporated 11 year anniversary as well as welcoming Lia - the Drafter - on to the SDNW team!