In parts of Washington, backyard cottages and in-law suites are on the rise

BY: - November 6, 2023

After Laura Craig’s father unexpectedly died in 2020, she and her family began looking at new housing options for her mother.  Craig, who lives in Snohomish County, wanted to build an apartment above her family’s garage, but the county at the time did not allow for “accessory dwelling units” of that kind. The regulations were […]


How building more backyard homes and in-law suites can help alleviate the housing crisis

BY: and - June 6, 2023

To many people, the image of a nuclear family in a stand-alone house with a green lawn and white picket fence still represents a fulfillment of the American dream. However, this ideal is relatively new within a broader history of housing and development in the U.S. It’s also a goal that has become increasingly unattainable. […]