Accessory Dwellings

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ADU class for Portland homeowners, July 26th, 2014

Kol Peterson, one of the editors here, is hosting a class called “Building An Accessory Dwelling Unit on your property,” on July 26th 2014.  Please visit Kol’s site for more details.

July 1, 2014

Building design and construction process – step by step

Reasonable people may disagree, but here are the sequential steps in designing and building an ADU. This is an approximation of the steps for my ADU project, anyway. This was … Continue reading

November 9, 2011 · 2 Comments

Energy efficiency and building size

Building residential options that use less energy is achieved most effectively by building smaller square footage units and filling in vacant urban space (aka urban infill). Building green is achieved … Continue reading

October 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

Building a detached ADU

Building a detached ADU isn’t necessarily different than building a house. Although ADUs (usually <800 sq ft) are necessarily smaller than a normal house (avg house size is 2,382 sq … Continue reading

October 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

Ten steps to permitting an ADU

Ten steps for planning, designing, and permitting an ADU Building an ADU is daunting. Here’s a quick sketch of the chronological steps to get ready to build an ADU on … Continue reading

October 29, 2011 · 9 Comments
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