FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How big is MyKabin?
MyKabin currently offers three standard sizes, as well as custom options of DADU/ ADU depending on your needs.
- Small: 250 sq. ft
- Medium: 370 sq. ft
- Large: 410 sq. ft
- Extra Large: up to 1000 sq. ft
What's inside MyKabin?
Each Kabin comes built with a full bathroom, a kitchen with refrigerator, cooktop, and counter space, and a closet that is plumbed and powered for an optional washer dryer. MyKabin handles all permitting, site work, and utility connections so that once installed, your backyard cottage is ready to use.
How much does MyKabin cost?
MyKabin offers several sizes, upgrade packages, and styles to fit your needs. Our introductory price is $110,000 for the small Kabin. Prices can vary depending on the size and optional accessories chosen. All permitting costs, basic site work, installation and utility connections from your main home are included in the price.
Certain properties with elaborate site work needs or difficult utility connections may require additional costs. We will quote any additional costs in advance.
Can I customize MyKabin?
We are able to sell Kabins at such a low price by standardizing our construction process. With this said, some things are customizable in our DADUs/ADUs. Owners have the option of deleting the kitchen and/or bathroom and closet for some cost reduction. Owners may also customize colors and certain finishing materials such as flooring and cabinetry materials in their backyard cottage.
What is the construction and installation process?
Our DADUs/ ADUs are built on site where MyKabin can streamline production, quality control, and achieve efficiency so that we can pass the cost savings on to you. All Kabins are designed to state and city building codes and are engineered to be highly energy efficient. Just prior to construction MyKabin will come to your property to install a foundation and prepare utility connections for your backyard cottage. Once your foundation is complete and your backyard is ready, your DADU/ ADU will be constructed in as little as 4 weeks. Utility connections will be completed and finishing touches added. The final construction inspection will be completed by the City and then you’ll be ready to move in or rent the unit. MyKabin will manage each step of the process.
Are there any restrictions on how I use MyKabin?
The City of Seattle allows DADUs/ ADUs to be used for a wide variety of uses, including AirBnb, monthly rentals and personal uses.
Can I finance the purchase of a MyKabin? How much would this monthly cost be?
Most homeowners in Seattle with verifiable income have enough equity in their primary home to get a home equity line of credit fro a backyard cottage. We have partnered with HomeStreet Bank who has a loan officer familiar with homeowners wishing to finance a MyKabin. While we encourage you to meet with a qualified lending agent to determine your actual cost, the approximate monthly payment on a 20-year line of credit could be $450 per month.
Will my property taxes go up?
It is likely that your property tax will go up given that you are increasing the value of your property by adding a DADU/ ADU. The 2019 Seattle property tax rate is expected to be $2.40 per $1,000 of assessed value.
Please keep in mind, these are just estimates for information purposes only. MyKabin is not responsible for how Seattle will assess the value of the improvement nor how the city will determine future property tax rates.
Can I get separate meters for MyKabin?
This is possible. Extra utility connection fees may apply.
Is my property eligible for a Kabin?
Each property is different, so we offer a free assessment of your property’s eligibility for a Kabin. Contact us and we can get started right away!
I want a MyKabin! What are the next steps?
Contact us by email via our contact page or give us a call.
We look forward to welcoming you to the MyKabin family!