Missoula County, Montana contract to provide guidance on converting sheds to housing

Some see the conversion of sheds into tiny houses, or accessory dwelling units, as a possible way to combat housing affordability. If done right, experts say the results can be budget friendly “and incredibly charming.”

Those looking to turn a shed into a cabin or dwelling unit will soon get stronger guidance from Missoula County under a contract approved this week.

Under the agreement, Bureau Veritas North America, which provides “solutions dedicated to sustainability,” will create publications for the county outlining “a clear and concise path forward” for individuals looking to convert a storage shed into a dwelling unit.


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  1. Russ Fletcher on February 22, 2024 at 6:54 am

    My wife and I had the good fortune to have lived in London for a few years in the 80’s. We had a wonderful home with a back yard garden that opened to the Mews (alley) Other houses had what had been carriage houses where the coaches and horses were kept. Most of these had been converted to homes that fronted on cobble stone alleys. The Mews were very quiet and beautiful and provided some of the most desirable housing in central London.

    I hope the county and city will consider extending this effort to all of Missoula’s alleys. Many are not that attractive but many, if not most, have unused garages that, with some effort and consideration from the regulators, could become wonderful small homes that would fill a hole in our housing needs It wouldn’t take that much to make the alleys attractive avenues for pedestrians, bikes and the occasional car and it would provide the infill that provides housing without the need for long distance trips into town for shopping and services. Truly helps to build a 15 minute city.

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