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Current Projects 2014-2015

 
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Our current project is an 8 unit Rowhouse Development near Green Lake. This project is a Four Star Star BuiltGreen™ Development.  We will break ground around January 1st, 2015 and looking to rent out the executive housing by August of 2015.
Features:
  • Rooftop Live Decks, for growing vegetables, with Natural Gas Barbecue Hook ups
  • 18 SEER Ductless Minisplit Heating and Air conditioning System
  • Tankless Water Heaters
  • Koa and Caramelized Stranded Bamboo Hardwood Floors
  • Travertine Marble Floors in the Master Bath
  • Hide-a-Hose™ Central Vacuum Systems
  • Granite and Quartz Counter Tops
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Samsung Front Load Washer and Dryer in each unit
  • Garage for each unit

If you are a contractor looking to bid on this project, please contact us.

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Seattles MultiFamily Zoning – Cliff Notes

Multi-Family Zoning

Here is a handy guide published by DPD with the “Cliff Notes” if you will for Multi-Family zoning in Seattle   multifamilyzoningdpds021571

Seattle changed the Multifamily Zoning regulation in early 2011. DPD added calculations based on Floor Area Ratio (FAR).  These ratios have been used for Commercial Zoning for years.  DPD also changed the building code encouraging environmentally friendly construction.

Bulk and Scale of a building

Or, what is FAR?

To determine bulk and scale of new construction in multifamily zones Seattle currently uses FAR (Floor Area Ratio). For instance to get an educated guess on how large of a building that can be built on a L1 zoned lot that is 5000 square feet apply the appropriate FAR, which is a different value for Cottage Houses, Row Houses, Town Houses, or Apartments.  The FAR varies between 0.9 to 1.2, or 4500 square feet of structure up to 6000 square feet – depending of the type of building and how “Green” or environmentally friendly it will be, how close to an Urban Village and Light Rail.  But in general here are the FAR ranges:

  • LR1 FAR varies between 1.0 to 1.3
  • LR2 FAR varies between 0.9 to 1.2
  • LR3 FAR varies between 1.1 all the way up to 2.0

Number of Units

To determine the number of units DPD still has a unit calculation based on lot square footage such as: 1 unit per 1600 sf of lot or even the ever prized “No Limit” to number of units.

  • LR1 varies between 1 unit per 2200 sqft feet of lot for townhouses to no limit for rowhouses
  • LR2 varies between 1/1600 for Cottage Houses to No Limit for rowhouses, townhouses and apartments, depending on the green building performance and other factors.
  • LR3 varies between 1/1600 square feet to No Limit.

Luckily all the information is on their “Cliff Note” pdf file: multifamilyzoningdpds021571

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