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When Seattle passed a new ordinance allowing backyard cottages in single-family-zoned lots, Kate Lichtenstein set to work building what might be our new favorite tiny house. Technically it’s an accessory dwelling unit built by Tim Hammer of CAST Architecture. Tucked in the backyard of Kate’s property, it was constructed using recycled materials and reclaimed fir structural beams. It wins big on style points thanks to a well-thought out layout and ...

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Resourceful companies like Lilypad Homes, which launched the nonprofit Lilypad FHI (Flexible Home Intiative), have begun to propose new model ordinances to address these permitting hassles. The Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) exempts many of the costlier build requirements and simplifies the permitting process. The JADU essentially allows for the conversion of a bedroom into a self-contained living unit with relatively few (inexpensive) additional amenities.

6 DIYs for Crazy Cat People + Meals for Homeless Cats

Make all the other cats jealous with these DIYs for crazy cat people (and their…

11 Financial Habits of Successful Women

Being successful doesn't just happen overnight... there are lessons learned and skills developed including these 11 Financial Habits of Successful Women. Successful budgeting, successful planning and successfully controlling your income all count towards being a successful woman.