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ADU Tour, Spring 2015

We wanted to update readers about the plan for the next ADU Tour. The last ADU tour was a trememdous success, so we’ve decided to run it again next spring. Most likely, it will be in May or June of 2015.

ADU from Spring, 2013 ADU Tour

ADU from Spring, 2013 ADU Tour

We’re starting to look for candidates for the tour and here’s what we’re looking for:

    • Recently permitted and completed ADUs in inner Portland (we’re going to try to cluster the sites to minimize travel time between them).
    • The homeowner must be willing to have their ADU profiled on This involves sharing the design/build costs–so there’s a degree of transparency that is required by the owner.
    • Homeowners who are willing to open their ADU to hundreds and hundreds of visitors. The hosts from the last tour said that hosting was one of the best experiences of their life. Many hosts compared the experience to their wedding day—-no joke.
Feedback about the tour from participants

Feedback about the tour from participants

  • Ideally, we’d like the builders and designers to be at the ADUs during the tour as well, to help answer questions about the project.
  • Builders, architects, we encourage you to ask your clients about whether they’d want to have their ADUs on the tour. Some designers and contractors on the last ADU tour got 40+ referrals and there have already been jobs that have resulted from this.
  • Homeowners will be given a $100 cleaning fee to help get their ADU clean for the tour.

We’re looking for a lot of ADUs for the tour, so if you are, or you know of, a homeowner whose project would be a good fit, based on the criteria above, please email me at: . Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel is organizing the tour and will receive registration fees. is promoting the tour with posts and relevant online resources.

An ADU on last year's tour

An ADU on last year’s tour

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

5 comments on “ADU Tour, Spring 2015

  1. Judy Smith
    October 19, 2014

    Is there a listing of ADUs in Portland available? I’d like to drive by sone of these homes especially those of 3 or more houses. I’m also looking forward to the Spring tour!

  2. kolpeterson
    October 21, 2014

    Judy, I’m glad you’ll be coming to the spring tour. Sorry, we can’t give out addresses except at the time of the tour for attendees.

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  4. Elizabeth Vance
    January 30, 2017

    When and where next ADU tour in California?

    • Kol Peterson
      January 31, 2017

      We’ll have our next tour in Portland, Oregon in September. Come if you can. There’s no other tours of this kind anywhere else in the country yet.

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