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Attend Portland’s Inaugural Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour

Update 5/28/14: There’s been a huge amount of interest in attending this tour, which is fantastic. Over 800 people have registered to attend. The tour is sold out, but you can add your name to the waitlist at

To allow for ample access to the ADUs for attendees, we have decided to cap the ticket sales. Tickets sales have now ended. We really wanted to sell more, but feel that this cap is in the best interest of the tour registrants and the ADU hosts.

Update 5/26/14: Five of the locations being featured on the tour received in-depth coverage in the Oregonian over the weekend. We encourage you to check out the articles, which feature lots of images as well.  

Readers of are likely aware of the upcoming ADU Tour on Sunday, June 1st. The tour is sold out, but you can add your name to the waitlist at


This may be the first time that twenty ADUs and tiny houses on wheels can be viewed in person in one day. There will be eleven finished ADUs and one ADU under construction, and seven finished tiny houses on wheels and one tiny house under construction.

ADU experts will be presenting at Living Room Realty on Alberta Street covering ADU permitting, designing, building, financing and much more. And, leaders, professionals, and anyone those interested in the small and tiny house movement, are invited to attend the ADU Networking event at Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel.

We’re excited for this event and hope that you are able to attend. Tell anyone interested in ADUs about it. Tickets are available at

I’m attaching the full press release below.


Owner of Caravan-The Tiny House Hotel

Editor of


Rare Opportunity to Tour the Interiors of Eleven ADUs across the City of Portland

Contact: Kol Peterson and Deb Delman,, (503) 395-4248

Build Small, Live Large- Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour- Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the City of Portland, and Metro, is hosting Portland’s first citywide tour of Accessory Dwelling Units on Sunday, June 1st, 2014 from 10am-6pm. ADUs are secondary living units on single-family lots.  Modeled after the City of Portland’s Build It Green Tour, Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour offers attendees the rare opportunity to see the interiors of eleven ADUs in a variety of locations across the eastside of Portland. The self-guided tour gives attendees access to the homeowners, builders and designers of the ADUs, and to comprehensive, educational case studies about the building process of each ADU.  There will also be workshops throughout the day presented by local and national experts about a range of topics related to ADUs, from permitting and financing, to designing and building.

Portland has seen a six-fold rise in the number of ADUs built since 2010. This dramatic increase is the result of a 2010 City of Portland waiver of System Development Charges, which reduced the cost of building permits for an ADU by up to $11,000.  Before the 2010 waiver, approximately 30 ADUs were built in Portland annually, but in 2013 alone, there were almost 200 ADU permits applications.  The waiver’s popularity caused the Portland City Council to extend the waiver until July, 2016, spurring local ADU leaders to develop Portland’s first ADU tour.

Throughout the day, attendees will also have the opportunity to tour six custom-built tiny houses on wheels at Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel. Caravan has received national media attention for being the first tiny house hotel in the United States. Caravan will host a late afternoon networking event from 4-6pm where attendees can meet local advocates, designers, builders and leaders of both the ADU and the tiny house movement. Real estate professionals can earn up to 6 CE credits. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn a special $25 discount to stay at Caravan, as well as enter a raffle for a free stay at Caravan.

Learn more and register at


About Kol Peterson

Kol is an ADU consultant, advocate and author of Backdoor Revolution: The Definitive Guide to ADU Development. Read more here: and learn about building your own at Email at

2 comments on “Attend Portland’s Inaugural Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour

  1. vjpdx
    May 30, 2014

    I’m hoping you (and by you, I mean everyone putting on the event) will be recording (and posting) the presentations. 6 hours isn’t enough time for a house tour and 6 hours of presentations…


  2. vjpdx
    May 30, 2014

    As Kol said elsewhere, the presentations will be recorded. Hurrah!

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