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custom homes Seattle Ventana Construction, West Seattle DADU cottage builder

recent projects - custom homes & DADU cottages


Building from the ground up can open up all kinds of possibilities, whether it’s a new custom home on an existing lot or a backyard cottage, also known in Seattle as a DADU. Custom homes allow you to make the most of your property and meet current codes without being hemmed in by an existing foundation or antiquated infrastructure. Backyard cottages make it possible to have a small detached home on your property in addition to your main home, either for use as a rental, or for family. Some of our clients have even lived in them while we rebuild or build their new main home. Explore your options!

Sometimes a very small addition can make a huge difference

greenhouse and retail annex

West Seattle Nursery was bursting at the seams. Their existing retail location was dark and space was limited, while they were running out of room for plants. The natural solution was expanding next door, which involved removing an old home. The new retail space is in a custom greenhouse with lots of light and space. It’s attached to an energy-efficient SIPS building with storage and office space. An espresso bar added in 2018 give an excuse to not just shop, but stay for a while and enjoy it.
careful placement of backyard cottage among mature cedars and a huge maple trees in Seattle

backyard cottage

Is it still a backyard cottage if it's in the front yard? The answer is yes, and this little house has just the perfect massing and design to look and feel like a perfect "little house." Featuring a compact kitchen with salvaged cabinets, a washer/dryer tucked under the stairs and a comfortable living area at the main floor, plus a bedroom, bathroom and attic storage is on the 2nd level, transitioning out to a spacious deck. The cottage was framed to be converted into garage space in the future, so the uses of the cottage can evolve over time. Completed 2016.
The solution was to bring down the dividing walls, opening the space and bringing light from the front, West-facing windows, all the way to the kitchen.

custom home

When you have an opportunity to build a home on the water, you think of many things: longevity, functionality, synchronicity with the environment, and most of all, comfort. In building a custom home on the water in West Seattle all of this was considered and more, and the result is a home that draws an extended family to enjoy the beauty of the home and the Puget Sound. Completed 2015.
With the addition of some stairs and pavers, and a relocated garden shed, the garden was ready for planting in the spring.  By early summer, the bees were buzzing and everything was taking off, including new projects in both studios.  A 20-foot commute with a garden view sounds pretty good

backyard cottage

Pablo Picasso said, "Everything that you can imagine is real." In the case of a backyard cottage designed for two artists, vivid imagination led to a very real and innovative studio space that is 3-star Built Green certified and enhances the Phinney Ridge neighborhood in which it is built. Completed 2014.
The new gas insert fireplace can now be thoroughly enjoyed, flanked by custom-built cabinets. The cabinets were designed to hold audio/ video equipment, so have panels made from fabric to all heat and sound out. Concealed lighting brightens display shelves on each side.

backyard cottage & garage

With an oversized North Seattle lot and a falling-down shack of a single car garage, our clients saw the potential for creating a truly useful and beautiful structure in their back yard. With clever design and a nod toward the main home, the new backyard cottage includes a 2-car garage with a shop and projects area, a main floor with full kitchen, 3/4 bath and laundry, and an upper multi-purpose loft, all of it built with beautiful and durable materials. Completed 2013.
This Craftsman style custom home fits right in with other homes the Greenwood neighborhood. Craftsman addition seattle.
After photos © 2009 Scott Chytil Photography

custom craftsman home

This Greenwood-area home on a double lot is built new on its original foundation, maintaining the look of the original house and the character of the neighborhood. Lovely custom cherry cabinets, box beam dining room ceiling and craftsman-style columns keep traditional values, while bamboo floors and Paperstone countertops lend a Green aesthetic. Completed 2008.


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