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Backyard Cottage Design Challenge: Call for Submissions!

April 2, 2010

Sustainable Backyard Cottages Design Challenge:

Help us create the next generation of affordable, green housing!

Method Homes and Infiniti RED are joining forces to promote public awareness of Backyard Cottages in Seattle with the Design Challenge for Sustainable Back Yard Cottages.

Call for Submissions!

Architects and designers! Method Homes, a Seattle-based custom prefab manufacturer, is looking for innovative backyard cottage designs to offer their growing client base. Design challenge participant’s entries will be unveiled at a public event in May, and top winners will be displayed at the Method Homes/Infiniti RED booth at the Seattle Green Festival in June, showcased on Method Home’s website, and included in all design challenge promotional materials.

To submit an entry:

* RSVP to by April 17th
* Submit all drawings on a presentation board by May 15th
* Winners will be announced publicly the week of May 24th


1. Submit renderings and floor plans mounted on presentation board. Models are encouraged, but not required.

2. Renderings should be drawn to scale but do not need to be electronic or precise.

3. Designs shall comply with Seattle City code for Backyard Cottages, which specifies that: cottages can be no more than 800 square feet in area, with a height limit of 15 – 23 feet depending on lot width. Parking is required.

4. Designs shall be prefab friendly, so each module must be no wider than 16′ and taller than 13′. Method will build with any construction technique and material so there are no limitations. We encourage creativity and innovation.

5. Architects retain full rights to their designs and may use them at their discretion.

6. Method Homes shall have the right to feature designs on their website (presented as a prefab model available to the public) and on marketing and PR surrounding the design challenge.

7. Clients shall contract directly with Architect for use of their design and for further design work.
About Infiniti RED

Infiniti RED (Real Estate & Development) is a Seattle-based real estate firm with an emphasis on the next generation of efficient green housing. They work closely with Method Homes in promoting their custom prefabs. For more information visit

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