Backyard Neighborhood


This pocket neighborhood fosters a sense of community by its design. Rather than the typical “garage door” houses on a cul-de-sac, we created two smaller dwellings on each separate lot and wove them together with a shared alleyway.

The Backyard Neighborhood was developed by the Cottage Company using an accessory dwelling unit code ordinance.

The 1200+ SF home on the front of each lot includes a light-filled main living space, two bedrooms, an office and covered outdoor space. A single-car garage is either attached to the house or separate. The 425 SF backyard cottage offers a great deal of lifestyle flexibility—it can be an office or an art studio, a place for an elderly parent or a starter house for an adult-child, a guest cottage or a rental. Its use is open to interpretation!