March 2020 Newsletter
What is our Covid-19 Response? Like everyone else on the planet, we are concerned about the virus and doing our very best to keep ourselves, our friends & family and our community safe. Some of our employees are working from home. Some have voluntarily taken time off. Those of us who are here in the shop are taking extra precautions to reduce the chances of spreading the virus. This includes daily disinfecting of all the tools and surfaces we come into contact with and plenty of hand washing. We are practicing social distancing as best we can, limiting meetings and
February 2020 Newsletter – Expanded Services
We are Leaping for Joy... Our Services Have Expanded! Not only do we build tiny homes and backyard cottages (DADUs), but we have expanded our services to include business-to-business solutions, general contracting services, and travel trailer options. We are excited to continue to provide quality, professional services to our clients in new capacities. CURRENT PROJECTS Two Big Little Barn Models. Two different styles. Our customization options allow you to create your dream home. EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: DANIEL FROHMAN, LEAD CARPENTER This month,
Downsizing Your Home? Don’t Make These 11 Mistakes
Downsizing Your Home? Don’t Make These 11 Mistakes by Ryan Smith | REDFIN Whether you’ve decided to eliminate debt from your life, or finally convert that school bus to be free to live that nomadic lifestyle on the road, you’re now ready to downsize your home. But before you start downsizing the family home, it’s important to understand that there are many potential missteps along the way. This guide will help you navigate common mistakes so that you can make the most of your new, downsized lifestyle. 1) Not setting goals before downsizing your home While the financial benefits
Seattle Proposing a Shortcut to Backyard Cottages
The City of Seattle has taken some big steps in recent months to encourage more people to build backyard cottages. These include allowing larger cottages on smaller properties, removing the off street parking requirement and allowing both attached and detached accessory dwelling units on the same property. Now the city is announcing a move that will significantly reduce the time it takes to permit an ADU by pre-approving a small handful of tiny house/cottage plans. This move could reduce the permit process from many months down to a few weeks. Read more about this exciting development HERE.
Our Big News: The Orting Veteran’s Village
Thanks for signing up for our newsletter - Let's start with an introduction! Carriage Houses Northwest began as a tiny home builder in Shoreline, Washington in 2016. Quickly, the company acquired a space in Everett, Washington, which it soon outgrew. Currently, we are located in Marysville, Washington. We are growing quickly and are excited to offer more and more services to our clients and community. We specialize in building park model RV certified tiny homes, backyard cottages, and other backyard spaces, such as art studios and she-sheds. We have many options to customize your home to make each tiny home a unique
Seattle Paving the Way for More Affordable Housing Solutions
LATEST: Seattle City Council OKs more and larger backyard cottages. This has been a long time coming for Seattle and we’re thrilled with the City Council’s decision. This exciting development will increase density, preserve neighborhoods and provide more affordable housing solutions in the city. Key takeaways: Removal of the requirement for the property owner to live onsite Removal of the off street parking requirement Allowance for both a detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU) and an ADU on the same property Contact us today to discuss whether a modular cottage makes sense for your property! Read the full Seattle Times article
That’s What She Shed
That's What She Shed! Carriage Houses NW is excited to announce this fun little addition to our lineup. Introducing a 16’ x 8’ indoor/outdoor Gardening Shed complete with a sliding barn door enclosure and a covered outdoor work space. Keep your tools and gear inside while gardening comfortably out of the sun and rain on the open-air side. Big enough for all of your essentials and then some. Store your tools, "someday soon" projects, and favorite keepsakes with extra room for a potting table and furniture to lounge on during lazy summer days or frosty winter ones. The price is
Snowmaggedon cannot stop the tiny house builder!
The Seattle Home Show is coming February 23 - March 3 at the CenturyLink Event Center! These beauties will be ready. Come to see two different models - a tiny house on wheels with upgrades installed and the Modern DADU, our newest product. The Modern DADU is a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit designed for a permanent foundation right in your own backyard.
We built tiny home shelters + mobile hygiene units
What have we been up to? So many new and exciting builds, ventures, and projects that we will be rolling out soon, as well as more of the same! We've placed homes in signature locations, as well as in "mom's back yard," we're building a tiny house hotel, and we've partnered with a seasoned local builder, Buddy Building Systems, for several special projects. You will be able to see these products in several homeless encampments throughout the greater Seattle area. With Darrel and Gary Potter, of Buddy Building Systems, we have designed and built new tiny shelters and mobile hygiene
Smart House + Tiny Home = Big Possibilities
Posted January 30, 2018 We are showing two tiny homes at the Seattle Home Show this year and are partnering with Market Share to bring in new technological features. One of our models will showcase smart technology, which automates household functions including lighting, heat, security, music, and more. Come to CenturyLink Event Center between February 17 and February 25, 2018, to begin dreaming about the big possibilities. Make it a family outing or a quick excursion with a friend - everyone will enjoy the adventure.
Tiny House Builders Celebrate One BIG Year!
Carriage Houses NW Builds Quality Affordable Tiny Houses Posted September 2, 2017 We've been building tiny houses for a little over a year and there is much to celebrate. What better way than to feature a drone video of our first tiny house! Our gray classic model is the perfect bunkhouse for our friends on Camano Island. Enjoy the breathtaking view from this drone video featured on our HOMEPAGE, or click on the image below to view the video now.
Vision 20•20•20 – Our first Homeless Housing Build in the Books!
written by Tom Hayes Carriage Houses NW Homeless Housing Division 3-17-17 A solution to homelessness in Seattle moves forward against the odds. The city is trying to solve the crisis by allowing the construction of Tiny House Villages and a new one at Georgetown is fully underway supplying 37 living units. These secure bedrooms (usually 8’ x 12’) are designed to minimize restrictions due to building codes. The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is doing remarkable work coordinating the efforts between the city, building groups, social agencies, and the homeless. Carriage Houses NW sent a team of 6 builders to
Homeless Housing Initiative
Posted February 1, 2017 Carriage Houses Northwest will be providing 4 tiny house emergency shelters for a new homeless encampment being established in the Greenwood neighborhood by the Low Income Housing Institute. We are in the process of putting together teams of volunteers and construction leads for this project, which we call Vision 20•20•20. We are asking 20 people to each ask 20 friends for a $20 donation. Those same 20 people will show up on March 18th with the money they raised to build the 4 houses. Helping us greatly in this effort is Tom Hayes, a newly retired
Carriage Houses NW at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show
Visit us in the Tacoma Dome this week to see two of our tiny house models featured at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show. [Read more...]
We’re Bringing Tiny Houses to Home Shows and the Homeless in 2017
There are a lot of great things going on with Carriage Houses Northwest that we would like to share with you! Our tiny houses will be featured in two PNW home shows. We are building tiny house shelters for the homeless. And, we are expanding our product to include a new model and options for longer units. HOME SHOWS We are so excited to be a featured exhibitor at both the Seattle and Tacoma Home shows. The Tacoma Home & Garden Show runs January 26 – 29 and we will be featuring two of our eclectic backyard Cottages / Tiny
Who the Heck is the Tiny House Buyer, Anyway?
As a builder of Tiny Houses, friends have asked me who my target customer is. What does the typical Tiny House buyer look like? Since beginning this amazing journey, I’ve concluded that the answer to the questions is . . . there is no typical Tiny House buyer. The people we have met who are dreaming about owning their own Tiny House are as varied and interesting as the flora on display in Seattle’s world famous Washington Park Arboretum. (Is that a stretch? Maybe.) We are having an absolute blast meeting people from around the Pacific Northwest and have learned
The Empty Warehouse
It’s easy to look at the picture below and see an empty warehouse. Bare walls, empty office, clean cement slab floor with sunlight peering in the windows in the bay door and the skylights overhead. But if you look a little closer and apply just a splash of imagination, you’d see what I saw as I stood there and took this picture. You’d see a couple of Tiny Houses sitting side by side. One looks like a traditional northwest craftsman style house and the other like a miniature version of the red barns that sprinkled the landscape of Whatcom County
Sure, You Can Call Me Tiny Kurt
Ever since I was 20 years old with a year of college to finish, I’ve been getting up Monday through Friday, throwing on a shirt and tie and heading into the office. 27 years of sales and marketing for 3 companies. As I reflect on my career journey, I realize how much of my life has been shaped by my work experiences – skills gained and lessons learned, successes and failures, friendships and hardships. At the heart of it all was the basic desire to provide for my family. Through the people who put their trust in me to do