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Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour- Fall, 2015

A tour for people interested in learning more about ADUs and meeting the homeowners, builders, and designers who built them.

Register for the ADU Tour at


Schedule of Events

Friday, November 6th. The one-day small housing summit will gather leaders in the small house movement to share what’s working and what’s next. Learn about cottage clusters, elegant space efficient designs, and smart policy initiatives that build community.

Registration for the one day housing summit

Saturday, November 7th, 10am-4pm- ADU Tour: Attendees take a self-guided tour of ~10 ADUs in Portland at their own pace. This fall tour will contain a new set of ADUs throughout Portland, never featured on the ADU Tour before. More information about the ADUs on this year’s tour will be posted by October, 2015.

Guided tour option: Eli Spevak, an editor of, and professional developer, will be giving a tailored guided tour of the ADUs featured on the tour. Eli is an expert on ADUs, accessory structures, and pocket neighborhoods. This guided tour will provide contextual insights into the ADU design, regulations, and costs. Eli will be able to share valuable insights about ADU development as you make your way along the the tour route. This guided tour option will cost $95 and will be capped at 14 people.  This exclusive, guided tour will go from 9:30am-4pm.  This tour will be done in a 15 passenger van.

Register for the ADU Tour

Sunday, November 8th, 10am-4pm. 2nd class just added for Sunday, November 15th 

Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit on Your Property in Portland, Oregon Class:

This class is intended for homeowners interested in building an ADU on a property in Portland who attended the City wide ADU Tour on November 7th. In the class, we will reference numerous ADUs that are featured on the tour in the discussions about the zoning regulations and small space design.

The class is an on-ramp to the process of designing and building an ADU. This class will cover what you’ll execute and manage in the course of designing and building and ADU. It is intended to make the whole process and project better by helping you understand the ADU design, management, and building process. By the end of the class, you will better understand the design/permit/build process, which will save you significant time and money, and will result in a better product–an ADU that will work well for your particular situation.

The information covered in the class is targeted to Portland, as regulations vary by city. Roughly 50% of the information is relevant to those who wish to build an ADU or small house outside of Portland, Oregon. The class is offered every 4-6 weeks, so if you can’t attend this special edition class, you can always sign up for a different class date.

Register for the November 8th ADU Class

Register for the November 15th ADU Class

Pictures of ADUs to be featured in the fall 2015 ADU Tour

Fall 2015 ADU Tour - Google Chrome_2015-08-01_10-04-20

Likely Fall 2015 ADU Tour locations

Ticket Pick Up

All ticket holders can pick up booklets and wristbands during the event, on November 7th from 9am-4pm:

at Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel

5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211.

Early bird ticket holders can pick up tickets and booklets prior to the event at the following times and locations:

Monday, October 26th starting at 12pm- Friday, October 30th ending at 12pm

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

811 SW 6th Avenue, 10th floor, Portland, OR, 97204


Build Small Live Large housing summit attendees can pick up tickets at the summit on Friday, November 6th.

PSU Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR

Kids under 12 are free

Questions about the tour?– e-mail

Here’s a local news video about the ADU tour in spring, 2014

ADU tour archive

The May 2014 ADU Tour information is posted here

The May 2015 ADU Tour information is posted here

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