18 Sep '11, 10pm

#mnnThinking (and living) inside the box#mlfeeds: The Backyard Box, a Passive House Certified "accessory dwellin...

#mnnThinking (and living) inside the box#mlfeeds: The Backyard Box, a Passive House Certified "accessory dwellin...

My recent post on the Archipod , a spherical prefab “garden office” seemed to go over well so I thought, today, I’d follow up with another backyard retreat that’s decidedly more, umm, boxy. Designed by Seattle-based green building guru Sloan Ritchie with LEED -certified architect Jim Burton, Backyard Boxes , like the Archipod, are green “accessory dwelling units” but a bit more dwell-friendly. While the Archipod’s size (9’ 10” in diameter) is ideal for use as home office, studio, or garden chill-out space, I assume if one spent too much time in one things could get a bit claustrophobic. A Backyard Box, on the other hand, steps the live-in factor up a notch and could also be used as a guest/pool house, rental home, or place to deposit your mother-in-law for days (or weeks). Come to think of it, although Backyard Boxes are tagged as “accessory” units, I could even imagine li...

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