Garden House Frequently Asked Questions


How long does it take to build a Garden House?

Once you sign a contract we start building your unit right away in our climate controlled facility. No waiting for building permits to get started! Once you receive permits, then we can begin installing on site. This time it takes to get a permit can vary but typically once you have them we can complete the onsite build in twelve weeks.

Is a Garden House an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)?

Yes. ADU is the technical term for a unit built alongside a single family home on the same lot. ADU’s can be attached to the home, detached, a converted garage, or a basement unit. Garden Houses are ‘detached’ stand alone units.

Can I customize my Garden House?

Yes! check out our various furniture and layout options for ways to make your Garden House fit you.

I don’t live in Yakima or Kittitas can I purchase a Garden House?

At this time we are only building in Yakima and Kittitas counties but we hope to expand soon and offer units nationwide. Please join our newsletter and we will let you know when we do.

Do you sell floor plans?

We are not offering floor plans at this time but we hope to in the future. please join our newsletter and we will let you know when we do

How much does a Garden House Cost?

We wish this were an easy question. There are hundreds of unique materials that we use to build a garden house and prices on each one vary daily. Currently we see pricing around $280-360 per square foot. If you want a better estimate you can sign up for a free site assessment and we will send you a full analysis including an up to date cost estimate. Your final price will be locked in when you submit your deposit.

Do you design and build my Garden House?

Yes we do! Our team covers everything from soup to nuts so there are no hidden hassles or surprise fees along the way. We even prepare and submit building permit applications so building a Garden House will not take over your life.

What is panelized construction?

Panelized construction is when we pre-build the walls of a unit at facility offsite and then flat pack them like idea furniture for transport. At the site panels go up much faster than stick frame and most of the time we can have the building dried in in a day. Unlike ‘modular’ construction where the volume of the unit is built off site, a

There are two types of wood frame construction panels, open panels and closed panels. In an open panel system, which is what we use, all the components of the wall are still visible after the panel is placed on site so it can go through the regular local building code inspection process. Closed panels include interior finishes like gypsum which are installed in the factory. They are inspected and approved by the state department of Labor and Industries and it requires additional licenses and inspections. With a closed panel you still have to work with the local building inspector for the on site work so the time saved by additional work done in the factory is often negated by the additional red tape the panels have to go through. For this reason we like to keep it simple and work directly with local inspectors who are often very knowledgeable about how to get a building built and approved in the most efficient manner.

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