Seattle-designed prefab backyard cottage runs completely on solar power

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Seattle-designed prefab backyard cottage runs completely on solar power

Prefabricated houses – or prefabricated houses – can be an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to buying a locally built new home. And sometimes these modern houses can be super beautiful.

Seattle-based prefab house company Node specializes in modern, sustainable, space-saving floor plans, including a range of modules that can be turned into studios, backyard houses, or a primary residence. This brand new concept was specially developed as a free-standing residential unit (DADU) – the technical term for a backyard house – and is operated entirely with solar energy.

The one bedroom cottage is 670 square feet with a bedroom and three-quarter bathroom with low flow fixtures. The kitchen – along one wall of an open living room – is compact, but equipped with a hob, wall-mounted oven and dishwasher.

The plan was first realized by Wittman Estes Architecture, the company that designed Node’s earlier modular homes, for West Seattle homeowner Karen Stone who wanted a rental unit in her yard (currently a vacation rental). The house, named “Stone Solar Studio”, is the first DADU in Seattle to receive zero energy certification from the International Living Futures Institute.

Architect Matt Wittman of Wittman Estes says that “a system of components, the entire house can be shipped almost anywhere and assembled in days.”

The lower cost character of a prefabricated house is particularly relevant as the restrictions on additional housing units could possibly relax. Revisions to the city’s laws governing ADUs were passed by the city council committee earlier this month, with a likely early vote by the entire city council.

The company hasn’t listed a price for this ADU – it’s the first build in its newer Trillium range – but full houses in its Madrona range could cost up to $ 150,000 if we cover it. The node also assists with approval and utility requests.

Cedar boards from the region were treated with the Shou-Sugi-Ban technique – a Japanese wood preservation method with charring – for external care.

The entrance and dining room of the house with light through floor-to-ceiling windows.

A compact kitchen has custom-made carbon steel shelving designed by Wittman Estes.

Solar panels line the entire roof to collect enough electricity for the entire place.

The floor plan also includes a craft room and storage room.