First of Two Common Walls Coming to NE 91st

Work is underway creating a pair of connected homes on previously undeveloped land at 400 NE 91st Avenue. The new property owner recently split off the side yard from the 1925-era house, making two new lots with an address of 380 NE 91st Avenue and 384 NE 91st Avenue. Each parcel will soon support mirrored single-story dwellings that connect along a fifteen-foot common wall. The developer, FX Homes, has applications to deconstruct the original 1,328-square-foot structure and replace it with another pair of one-level units.

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The “H” shaped connected buildings both contain two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each 998-square-foot house has a covered front porch. The entryway leads into a living room with a gas fireplace. The “C” shaped kitchen sits behind that with a Dining nook to the side, fitting in the portion of the home that pushes towards the neighboring connected house. A hallway leads back past a pantry and laundry closet. The middle of the building has a ten-by-eleven-foot bedroom and a full bathroom. At the back of the homes, designers placed the “Owners Suite” with an attached 3/4 bathroom.

Each residence is mostly 15 feet wide with a gabled roof. The architect added window projections along the sides of the buildings, breaking up the long rectangular structures. These compact homes are designed for single-level living and would accommodate a person with limited mobility. The homes are adjacent to Columbia Christian School‘s parking lot and across from a row of classrooms for that school. With a smaller footprint, these houses could be more affordable and attract a different buyer than other recent projects that cater to a high-end housing market. Expect to see the first two buildings taking shape soon, with demolition and more construction occurring in the coming months.