Backyard Cottage

Backyard Cottage

Interested in exploring the possibility of a backyard cottage, but need to know where to start?  Tiny houses are the new trend, but designing and construction a small house carries with it its own set of challenges.  A tiny home or studio unit in your background is ideal to create independent spaces for family members, such as an in law suite.  Cottage Depot has developed a number of stylish, functional, and versatile in law unit plans for homeowners looking to expand without disruptive renovations.

Cottage Plans for Every Budget and Style

Cottage Depot offers six distinct backyard cottage plans.  Our backyard cottages are defined to be classified as an accessory structure by your municipality, which makes them  limited in square footage, height, and kitchen facilities. This classification limits costs and ensures that permitting and utility connections are simpler to for a fully independent structure.  However, if a fully featured home best fits your needs, we offer these under our “tiny homes” product line. Whatever you choose plans, material pricing sets, building kits, and custom permitting packages are available separately.  We know that every homeowner is different and everyone has different levels of comfort with doing the work yourself - this is why we offer our support services a la carte.

Currently, we offer six backyard cottage plans, ranging from 192 (our Cape Cod and Colonial guest rooms) to 416 square feet (our Victorian Gothic Suite).  These designs offer powder rooms to full baths, and some feature details such as porches and decorative woodwork.  All of our plans are designed to be do-it-yourselfer friendly - work with a contractor if that best suits your budget and lifestyle, or enjoy the satisfaction of doing much of the work yourself with our products.

Cottage Depot is a joint enterprise of the Sonoma Valley Engineering Corporation and the Victorian Cottage Corporation.  We bring nearly forty years of experience in the engineering and fine homebuilding industry to the growing tiny house movement.  Put our experience to work for you, and you will have the in law suite of your dreams.

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