Redmond citizens value a variety of housing options for those that call Redmond home. Several ways that Redmond promotes choice in home types are through:
- Cottage Housing
- Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
- Residential Suites
- Multiplex Units
- Backyard Homes
In 2002, the City adopted cottage housing regulations to provide a new housing choice in Redmond. A cottage is a single-family home of no more than 1,500 square feet. Cottages include small yards, but are also situated around a community open space, which functions as an extended yard, recreation area, and community gathering space. At some Redmond developments, parking is provided either behind, below, or apart from the cottages themselves, allowing the front yards to serve as places for living.
Also called mother-in-law apartments, or simply ADUs, these homes are secondary to an existing home and are allowed in all of Redmond’s residential zones. In most cases, ADUs are limited to 1,500 square feet; they may be attached to, or detached from, the existing home. See the regulations.
Also known as "mini-suites" or "apodments", residential suites are typically very small units within multi-family buildings in which all living space other than a bathroom is contained within a single room. Often, clusters of residential suites share common amenities such as kitchen, laundry, or gathering spaces.
Multiplex Units refers to what the Redmond Zoning Code defines as Attached Dwelling Units, such as duplex or triplex homes which are allowed in some single-family areas.
A backyard home (small lot short plat) is a single-family detached unit that does not exceed 1,500 square feet and that is affordable to an individual or family earning less than 120% of the area median income. These homes are allowed in the Education Hill neighborhood on single-family lots that are at least 200% of the minimum average lot size, or about 15% less land than would otherwise be required to subdivide a lot.