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Advertiser Ncompass Construction & Ncompass Cottage Company Building Big Little Houses In Burien

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We’d like to welcome aboard our humble parcel of webspace our newest advertisers, Ncompass Construction and its new division, NCompass Cottage Company.

“We provide folks all over the Puget Sound area with affordable, environmentally sound and sustainable backyard and small-lot cottages,” said Drew Foster, co-owner and co-founder, along with Stefan Hansmire, of both West Seattle-based companies.

“We’re looking forward to getting to know and working with the people of Burien, Normandy Park, Des Moines and White Center,” Stefan Hansmire said.

Drew Foster & Stefan Hansmire (L to R)

The team’s philosophy can be summarized this way: Smaller homes on existing lots mean more affordable housing, less demand on municipal infrastructure, better use of immediate resources, and more flexibility for everyone.

You might say they’re expanding… into shrinking. They’re making small… big.

“We want the process to be simple, so we also provide site development, integrated project planning, and financing assistance. We design and build with you and our community in mind, because every home, even a small one, should live large.”

Smaller cottages can be thought of as income producing rental properties, equity building additions, or as a warm safe place to have an aging parent live close by.

Drew and Stefan have worked together for a decade, and formed Ncompass Construction eight years ago. In that time they have built up an impressive team of collaborative professionals.

In partnership with Microhouse and COM.Position Design, Ncompass offers a broad range of prefabricated, standardized, and custom cottages.

Microhouse will design for you, for example, The Atom Prefab, a 200 square foot absolutely livable studio with loft, bath and kitchen.

“It’s an amazing contemporary mash up of 1940’s Manhattan Project worker housing,” says Microhouse.

Contact Stefan and Drew today. And look for their trucks on the streets of Burien and Normandy Park and surrounding neighborhoods soon.

Ncompass Cottage Company
Phone 206-933-5961

Or visit www.ncompass-llc.com and www.ncompasscottages.com

Drew Foster
Phone 206-595-9808
Email: [email protected]

Stefan Hansmire
Phone 206-799-5302
Email: [email protected]

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5 Responses to “Advertiser Ncompass Construction & Ncompass Cottage Company Building Big Little Houses In Burien”
  1. Christine says:

    Would the City of Burien allow such small cottages to be built? I think the idea is awesome but only if the city is on board.

  2. Kane says:

    The city does allow residences under a certain sq. footage but they also limit the number of residents in a smaller building. See excerpts below. If anyone spots any mistakes in what I’ve written please correct me.

    The full list of building code docs are found here: http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?nid=667

    Here’s a couple relevant portions from http://www.burienwa.gov/DocumentView.aspx?DID=1433:

    15.40.255 talks about Occupancy limitations. The most relevant portion seem to be on efficiency units, which I believe is the “minimum” requirements for dwellings:

    15.40.255 (7) Efficiency unit. Nothing in this section [Occupancy Limitations] shall prohibit an efficiency living unit from meeting the following requirements:
    (a) A unit occupied by not more than two occupants shall have a clear floor area of not less than 220 square feet (20.4 m2). A unit occupied by three occupants shall have a clear floor area of not less than 320 square feet (29.7 m2). These required areas shall be exclusive of the areas required by Items 2 and 3.
    (b) The unit shall be provided with a kitchen sink, cooking appliance and refrigeration facilities, each having a clear working space of not less than 30 inches (762 mm) in front. Light and ventilation conforming to this code shall be provided.
    (c) The unit shall be provided with a separate bathroom containing a water closet, lavatory and bathtub or shower.
    (d) The maximum number of occupants shall be three.

  3. citizen says:

    How many can I fit onto a building Lot at Lake Burien? 3 per cottage…20 cottages…60 people on the propery. Sounds like a money maker…

  4. microhouse says:

    Any house built in the City of Burien needs to meet current building and zoning codes. The zoning code allows for one primary residence on each lot. While most cities allow attached accessory dwelling units (ADU’s) Burien like Seattle has recently had the foresight to allow one detached ADU in addition to the primary residence in single family zones.

    Detached ADU’s, often called backyard cottages, provide alternatives for families to say provide for an aging family member, or add rental income, while increasing housing stock, density and affordability.

    The size of backyard cottages is limited to 800 sq. ft. or 50% of the size of the primary residence. They must also provide a parking space for the unit. To view the Burien Municipal Code section that applies to backyard cottages follow the link bellow.


    To view our completed backyard cottage in Burien visit our backyard cottage blog. This cottage was built by a son for his aging mother so that she could live close to her family while maintaining her independence.


  5. Welcome to the neighborhood, Ncompass; nice concept. I’d like to add that homeowners should also be aware that there’s a limit to the amount of lot coverage / impervious surfaces allowed on a piece of property. This includes buildings, driveways, walks, sheds, decks, gravel RV parking areas, etc. Some properties might be at or close to their maximum allowable area and not qualify to have these types of cottages. When we encounter such sites, we’ve successfully designed upper floor additions within an existing building footprint and re-configured main floor areas to accommodate say, an aging parent.

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