Millworks Cohousing



The Millworks Co-housing began as a collaborative effort by people dedicated to seeing Bellingham grow intelligently, beautifully, and with our community and environment in mind. Through the process, Millworks developed into an 8-home co-housing community located at 2600 Mill Ave in Happy Valley of Bellingham. This project is of demonstration quality, promoting affordability, green construction and development practices, as well as creative infill and smart growth. 

Homes within the development have been custom designed with a focus on sustainability, energy efficiency, utilizing passive solar gain, and minimizing impact. All the homes are single-family detached and range in size and design to create a truly unique community. Shared amenities allow the homes to be smaller than average with a common house with kitchen, library and study room, guest quarters, and meeting space. All homes are certified Built Green and ENERGY STAR with one LEED Platinum.

The Millworks co-housing site is an ideal location for smart growth and low-impact development. Located close to schools, markets, and bus lines, this infill development provides easy access to services for the Millworks homeowners. The site features low-impact development throughout, including on-site stormwater management with permeable surfaces, raingardens, and native landscaping. In addition, the site is home to a .45-acre wetland restoration and preservation project. 

The Millworks Co-housing project has become Bellingham’s greenest-built community. With homeowners integrally involved in the process, this development has character and spirit. 



Resource-efficient custom-tailored designs, built to last


Infill near schools, services, and transportation


Coordinated design: each house has solar and view, shared gardens, and open space

Water Efficiency

Low-flow fixtures; entire site is low-impact development with raingardens, pervious pavement, and infiltration trenches

Energy & Atmosphere

All radiant heat, high-efficiency water heaters, high-efficiency insulation

Materials & Resources

Salvage, re-purposed, and recycled content materials, efficient use of materials, comprehensive waste management

Indoor Air Quality

Whole-house ventilation, low-toxic materials throughout, radiant heat

Certifications & Education

One home LEED Platinum, All Energy Star, and 4 Star Built Green

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