“Many people want a modestly sized home with a small garden — in a safe and secure community. The community aspect is extremely important.”
The Cottage Company has gone on to deliver a series of site-specific projects based on principles of compact, energy efficient and sustainable living in a communityoriented setting.
And these seven developments — most recently the mid-sized Conover Commons Homes, in the bedroom (and high-tech) community of Redmond, east of Seattle — have won a list of national and regional awards.
Like others before it, Chico Beach Cottages will feature the Cottage Company’s hallmark garden-courtyard.
The project will also deliver BuiltGreen (the goal is five-star status) and Energy Star certification.
The first homes are now under construction on a beachfront site near the town of Silverdale at the north end of Dyes Inlet.
“It’s absolutely the most beautiful piece of waterfront,” says Pruitt, citing views that include in 4,392-metre Mount Rainier.
These two-and threebedroom wood-frame houses range between 1,402 and 2,011 square-feet, some with a unique third-storey loft tower.
Designed by Seattle area architect Charles Wenzlau they also feature generous glazing to maximize the use of natural light.
The designs, each with a main-floor master bedroom, will facilitate single-level living.
The homes include highend energy-savings appliances. And while still in the presale stage, buyers can choose among interior finishes. Solar hot water and photovoltaic panels are also an option. The houses start at $549,000 US. Rentals are not permitted.
The property will include a common building, firepit with seating, garden and gazebo.
Silverdale, a historic farming and logging centre, is one of the attractive towns on the Olympic Peninsula Loop, a 320-kilometre drive through rain forests and waterfront communities, and taking in the Hood Canal.