For those of you near San Francisco, this Inspired In-Law Cottage is on display at the Fort Mason Center through West Coast Green 2010. Designed by Larson Shores Architects, the structure – an accessory dwelling unit designed to help folks age in place – was built by Eco Offsite in eight days and, after some button up work, completed one day later.


The backyard cottage has all the space one could ask for in a home with a living area, kitchenette, bedroom, and bathroom. Plus, it’s designed and built to be low-impact. Materials used in this showcase home include:

  • Cree LED lighting;
  • Sol Solutions solar energy;
  • Kelly Moore Enviro Coat paint;
  • Swanstone solid surface counters;
  • Hakatai recycled glass tiles;
  • Wicanders cork flooring;
  • Kaldewei roll-in shower;
  • Rev-A-Shelf pull-down shelving;
  • Rainwater HOG vertical cisterns; and
  • Inka Biospheric Systems wall garden.

Pictured is a modern style roof version, but the cottage is available in a ranch- or pitch-style roof.

Inspired In-Law Cottage is available through Houseplans and is listed for sale from about $61,500, which includes manufacturing, state approvals, and factory inspections, but excludes tax, delivery, installation, local permits, site specific plans and approvals, utility connections, and local fees.



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