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MyKabin Officially Completes Its First Backyard Cottage as Seattle Detached ADU (DADU) Landscape Shifts

SEATTLE, Wash. -- MyKabin, a Seattle construction firm specializing in making it easier, faster and less expensive for homeowners to build a personalized and sustainable detached accessory dwelling unit, just completed its first backyard cottage build at a Madison Valley home.

This comes after citywide changes to a variety of regulations affecting accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs) come into effect, loosening regulations and making it easier than ever for Seattle homeowners to build on-property dwellings. With their first backyard cottage officially completed and the city primed to welcome an expansion of DADU builds, MyKabin Co-Founders Clint Jones and Tom Todaro are eager to share their uniquely affordable, customizable and simplified DADU solution with Seattle-area families.

MyKabin spent almost a year working with the city, engineering every aspect of the design from the foundation to the roof. The time and technology investment allow them to offer an easy, hassle-free, turnkey option for building a backyard cottage at a price most Seattle homeowners can afford. For Ronnie & Wendy Cunningham, Seattle natives and owners of the newly finished inaugural MyKabin DADU, building a DADU in the backyard of the Madison Valley home bought in 1975 had been a goal for years. But after fourteen months of navigating the city's permitting process and receiving construction bids of over $300,000, the project seemed to be hitting insurmountable roadblocks. Enter MyKabin.

"No one else was doing this, building high-quality DADUs doesn't have to be as expensive or as complicated as traditional construction methods, the Cunningham's is the first cottage with six more around the city to be completed in the next few months. Consumer response has been very positive," says Co-Founder Tom Todaro.

MyKabin handles everything without sacrificing customization, from permitting and design all the way through construction, installation and inspection. This closed process is much more efficient than traditional building and allows them to guarantee a no-surprises price tag that's far below that of typical local options. With sizes from 250-1000 square feet and options for roof design and window/door placement in each, plus a nearly limitless interior canvas, homeowners have the ability to design the Kabin of their dreams without the headache.

At the base of MyKabin's smart, streamlined approach is the use of their exclusive Karry Beam foundation and other specialized foundation systems that are non-invasive and can be installed in as little as one day. Removing the need for heavy machinery, the foundation systems are more sustainable by allowing almost all of the existing landscaping to stay in place. Because MyKabin does everything for one installed price, they can guarantee a lower price that's completely transparent and unchanging, starting at $111,000 for small-size cottages.

"It was exactly what I needed, and night and day compared to what I was looking at with other options. It's a better product at half the price. When I heard about MyKabin, I told Tom I wanted to be their first customer," says Ronnie Cunningham.

For him and his family, MyKabin was the solution to make the dream of creating a cottage on their property achievable: turnkey, affordable, sustainable, customizable.

The Cunningham Kabin at 432 31st Ave E will play host to an open house from October 19-27, 2019, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, allowing Seattleites a special up-close & in-cottage view of what a MyKabin build can be. MyKabin team members will be on hand to answer questions and to help visitors search to see if their home is eligible for a DADU.

With the city easing the path towards owning a DADU and MyKabin's simplicity, it's truly never been more accessible to construct an on-property dwelling for families wanting to offset housing costs with a rental property, hoping to extend the flexibility of a property for an aging or multi-generational family, or dreaming of outfitting a cottage for a special use. In a city badly in need of more diverse housing options, MyKabin hopes to make a positive, sustainable impact for both homeowners and tenants.

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About MyKabin:

MyKabin is a Seattle-based construction firm specializing in affordable and sustainable, turnkey detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs). MyKabin reimagines the DADU construction process by focusing on creating beautiful, cottages with a minimally disruptive installation process that saves homeowners time, money and the hassle of a lengthy construction project. Handling the process completely from permitting through inspection, MyKabin removes the headache of hiring and coordinating from the homeowner, while simultaneously guaranteeing an upfront price that's more affordable than other construction methods. With extensive customizable options and a strong sustainability commitment, MyKabin is the best DADU solution for Seattle-area homeowners. For more information, visit

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MyKabin Launches in Seattle – Brings Affordable Backyard Cottages to Western Washington

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Now residents of Western Washington have access to affordable backyard living space with the launch of MyKabin, a new construction firm specializing in backyard cottages. MyKabin has reimagined the construction process by focusing on creating a beautiful, prefabricated cottage with a minimally disruptive installation process that saves homeowners time, money, and the hassle of a lengthy construction project.

MyKabin is the creation of home design and construction veteran Clint Jones, manufacturing expert Paul Fichter, and Tom Todaro who heads up financing and partnerships. By combining their years of experience in their respective fields, they have created a prefabricated backyard cottage that can be installed in a backyard in as quickly as three weeks and as little as $110,000.

"The rising cost of home construction has made adding an accessory dwelling unit or backyard cottage unattainable for a lot of people," said Clint Jones, co-founder and chief executive officer of MyKabin. "MyKabin is the result of our desire to make adding this type of space to people's existing homes not only affordable but as easy as possible."

The MyKabin team has created a concierge experience for homeowners unlike any other in the small home construction industry. The team handles all aspects of the project, from permitting, to delivery, to the installation of the foundation and cottage, and hooking up utilities. Homeowners select their style of home, floor plan size, and finish level, and MyKabin handles the rest of the construction process, removing the need to hire additional vendors or home professionals.

What sets a MyKabin home apart from other backyard cottage offerings is the Karry Beam Foundation. The Karry Beam Foundation dramatically reduces time, materials, and disruption to the existing home. The MyKabin team worked closely with Pin Foundations Inc. to create a non-invasive foundation system that is installed in as little as one day, all without large machinery or the need to pour concrete. As the system is minimally invasive to the yard, most existing landscaping stays intact, and the installation can happen regardless of the weather. By removing the traditional foundation process that includes things like excavation, pouring concrete, and installing footing drains, a Karry Beam Foundation can save homeowners several months of construction time and significantly reduce the cost. The Karry Beam is explicitly designed for a MyKabin cottage and designed for a permanent structure.

The Karry Beam system is made up of four steel beams which are hand-carried into the backyard and placed at each corner of the cottage's new location. Each beam contains four holes that allow a series of pipes to slide through the beam at an angle to drive into the soil. Based on Pin Pile Technology, the Karry Beam system keeps the earth's existing soil structure intact, and lock into the ground to prevent the foundation from moving, giving the foundation the same strength as a traditional concrete foundation. MyKabin also conducts a geological study of the soils in the proposed installation area, so the team knows how to size and place the foundation.

"A MyKabin cottage is perfect as a mother-in-law unit, a short-term rental, or just additional space for your family. As our focus is on keeping costs as low as possible for homeowners, it's possible to breakeven on a unit through short-term rental income in less than five years given the rates in the Seattle region," Jones added.

A MyKabin is available for order and installation now. To learn more about MyKabin, visit

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