A Seattle Musician Improvises During the Pandemic by Building Out His Own Backyard Cottage

A Seattle Musician Improvises During the Pandemic by Building Out His Own Backyard Cottage

By Melissa Dalton
Starting with a design from prefab builder NODE, musician Michael Lerner relies on YouTube tutorials and perseverance to complete a DADU.

About eight years ago, Michael Lerner of the band Telekinesis and his wife, Amiee, bought a 1954 home on a sizable Seattle lot. Over time, they accrued enough equity in the property to finance the construction of a detached accessory dwelling unit for their backyard. "We’d been thinking about doing a DADU for some time, but it all really happened to coincide with this pandemic, and me not being able to travel or work," says Michael. Even though he didn’t have any training in construction, formal or otherwise, Michael had always been interested in learning how to build a house. So when the pandemic struck, he was suddenly presented with the opportunity. 

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