“Backyard cottages are one of the only ways to preserve this kind of quality of life...”
After a tree fell on his detached garage, John Stoeck decided to tear down the irreparably damaged structure and build a backyard cottage. With alley access and enough space to provide onsite parking for his family and the future occupant of the backyard cottage, John, an architect, designed a 2-story building to fit on the existing foundation. The modern structure has an angled, shed roof that is barely visible from the front of the house. Due to the shared alley access in the rear, John worked with his neighbors to carefully place windows, ensuring privacy for everyone. When completed, the living space will be just over 437 square feet and the cottage will be painted to complement his existing house.
Lot: 5,000 sq. ft.
Backyard cottage: 437 sq. ft., 2 stories
1 bed, 1 bath
Cost to construct: $48,907