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Single people looking to live in the suburbs often find that their only option is more house than they can afford. Small rental cottages tucked in between larger homes might be one answer to that dilemma. The problem is that local zoning ordinances often make such structures illegal. So, when architect Rick Mohler wanted to add a rental unit to his 60-foot-by-100-foot corner lot in Seattle, he had to work the system. At the time, local zoning prohibited secondary detached buildings on residential lots. It did allow, however, accessory units that were attached. Mohler?s clever plan design introduces two separate ?flip-flopped? dwellings (measuring 1,950 square feet and 1,000 square feet, respectively) that are connected by a 24-inch (per code) party wall. The homes have separate entrances, gardens, parking spaces, and corner windows but, from the outside, the structure looks like one house.

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