The 75th Annual Seattle Home Show Answers the City’s Cry for Affordable Housing

Move over tiny houses — the newest Seattle trend is all about collapsible cabins, and they’re mobile. These DADUs, or detached accessory dwelling units, will be on display starting this weekend at the 75th annual Seattle Home Show, the oldest and largest show of its kind.

The average Seattle home sells for $630,000 according to Redfin, this is nearly double what it was 10 years ago before Seattle became a major hub for technology companies. What used to be a financially accessible city, has now become extraordinarily populated and expensive leaving many students and middle-income families struggling to find affordable housing.

Adding rentable DADUs or in-law units is one way in which Seattle homeowners are meeting the housing demand. So far, there aren’t enough of these units to significantly impact the housing market, but city planners and government affairs directors alike agree on the potential benefit that DADUs could add for middle- and low-income residents.

The original home displayed at the Seattle Home Show in its inaugural year was a three-bedroom, one-bath bungalow with a sewing room — a far cry from the mobile tiny homes and modern houses at this year’s display. Also on exhibition, will be a two-story, build-it-yourself, eco-friendly home made with sustainable materials and a livable garden shed with a landscaped setting.

The show will run from now through Sunday, Mar. 3 and will features live music, cooking demonstrations, and home gardening projects. Tickets are available for purchase online.

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