Missing Middle Housing

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“Missing Middle Housing is highly sought after—especially by millennials and empty-nester baby boomers, today’s two biggest demographic groups. Their smaller households contribute to the neighborhood in numerous ways. Smaller households tend to eat out more, helping our neighborhood attract wonderful restaurants. Diverse households keep diverse hours meaning we have more people out walking our streets at more varied hours—keeping them safer.”

- Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and coauthor of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs
The range of Missing Middle Housing includes a variety of building types: duplexes, triplexes, courtyard apartments, bungalow courts, townhouses, and more
Architectural Design: Greenworks Courtyard Housing, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Integration into Master Plans: Mesa Courtyard Apartment, Mesa, Arizona
Zoning for Missing Middle: Cincinnati Neighborhood Transect, Cincinnati, Ohio
Thought Leadership: Events and Consulting around the Country
Integration into Comprehensive/General Plans: Cincinnati Comprehensive Plan Bridge

Opticos created the Missing Middle Housing concept to reframe the way we discuss housing choices in our communities, to highlight the growing demand for walkable urban living across the country, and to raise awareness of the fact that our planning and development systems need to change to respond to the demand for these housing types.

Missing Middle Housing is a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types—such as duplexes, fourplexes, and bungalow courts—that are compatible and in scale with single-family homes. We thoughtfully design Missing Middle Housing to be beautiful and dynamic pieces of thriving, walkable neighborhoods. As the firm that launched the Missing Middle Housing movement, we provide unique expertise in a wide variety of urban contexts:

  • Design of Missing Middle Housing types and unit plans
  • Integration into master plans
  • Zoning to remove barriers and provide incentives for Missing Middle Housing
  • Consulting and presentations
  • Integration into comprehensive/general plans
  • Integration into affordable housing strategies

For more, visit missingmiddlehousing.com.