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‘Backyard bungalows’ come to Kitsap County
Europe brought the Mini car to American.
Now, Future Homes of Bremerton owners Dwane and Abby Henning are bringing the miniature-home concept to Kitsap County.
Or, as their customers have described them as, “comfy cabins,” “cozy cottages,” “studios” and “backyard bungalows.”
“What we should be calling them are storage sheds,” Dwane Henning said. “That’s what they built under.”
Henning said those units, which are less than 200 square feet, are small enough that they do not require a permit to place on a property. He said they are not designed as living spaces, but can be staged in a variety of ways. Henning said those units, which range in price from $5,000-$8,000, can be utilized in ways ranging from an art studio to a classroom.
The units, which Henning said first arrived at his Gorst location about a month ago, arrive from Europe “in a kit form and we put them together like a Lincoln Log.”
“It’s just a diversification for us,” he said, adding that 6 to 8 units have been sold.
In the miniature home displays, each is furnished with vintage furniture from Buddy’s Good Eyes, owned by Todd Hintz.
Some of the furniture used in the displays are a small table and chairs, rocking chair, school desk, oil lantern, treasure chest and other vintage items.
Future Homes, which has operated for about 25 years in Kitsap County, also features homes as small as 472 square feet with one bedroom and a bathroom.
Henning said the staple of the business will continue to be its manufactured homes. He said those homes typically are 1,800-1,900 square feet, but they sell ones as large as 2,700 square feet.