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Design-Build Portland ADU Profiles

To learn more about this company, check out ADU Design-Builder Profile: Design-Build Portland. For a more in-depth look, read Kol Peterson’s ADU: A Backyard Home or Susan Moray’s ADU: Updating History in Ladd’s.


Design-Build Portland ADU 1 – Bernstein

ADU #1 – Bernstein
  • Square Footage: 461
  • Year Built: 2013
  • Architect/Designer: grain design
  • Builder: Design Build Portland
  • Type of ADU: detached new construction
  • Current Use: guest house, short-term rental
  • Ballpark Cost: $100,000
  • The Project: This ADU was designed to provide flexible use for the owners. The owners did half the work themselves and helped along the way. One half is for rent and the other half for storage/workshop.
The Challenges: This project had easy site access, no troubles during building. Phasing of work with owner involvement was a small challenge. The budget got tight at the end, which is not unusual.
The Solutions: We demolished an old garage that was there, took all of that wood and made doors, counters, some siding, and most trim.
Design-Build Portland ADU 2 Peterson

Design-Build Portland ADU 2 – Peterson

ADU #2 – Kol Peterson’s ADU: A Backyard Home
  • Square Footage: 800
  • Year Built: 2011
  • Designer: Studio Eccos
  • Builder: Design Build Portland
  • Type: stand-alone detached unit
  • Current Use: owner’s full-time residence
  • Ballpark Cost: $110,000

The Project: This 800 square foot ADU was built to be the owner’s primary residence so they could rent the main house.

The Challenges: This project had tough site access with only a 3′ sidewalk to carry most things.  The zoning rules were met, but that meant a tight squeeze into smallish yard. It was our first project, so we learned a lot. We are doing many things better after experience, but still doing a lot of the same building methods.
The Solutions: many reclaimed items, doors, tile mosaic.
Design-Build Portland ADU 3 Moray

Design-Build Portland ADU 3 – Moray

ADU #3 – Susan Moray’s ADU: Updating History in Ladd’s
  • Square Footage :  550sf
  • Year Built: 2012
  • Architect/Designer:  Jack Barnes
  • Builder: DBP
  • Type of ADU: detached new construction, garage conversion
  • Current Use: guest house, short-term rental
  • Ballpark Cost: $125000
The Project: The client wanted to convert her garage into a guest house. The garage was considered a contributing structure in a historic district.
The Challenges: The historic review in Ladd’s Addition was tough. Good job on the part of the architect, Jack Barnes. 
The Solutions:
  • We used a single (big and fancy) water heater for house water, ADU heat, and ADU water. We’re proud of the concrete floor with radiant heat job.
  • The kitchen turned out nice as did the custom bath counter/shower setup.
  • We like the exposed wood, simple trim, and wood ceilings.
  • I’m happy to have worked with Susan and help implement her style. Similar owner doing work type of job. Susan did a lot. Great style input from her along the way, too. We took the design and worked out a lot of details throughout construction on the spot.

About linamenard

Hi. My name is Lina Menard and I'm a small house dweller, designer, blogger, and builder. I'm currently collecting ADU Case Studies for Through my company Niche Consulting LLC, I help people design and build the home (and life) of their dreams! I also tell my stories about simple living in small spaces - like a travel trailer, a yurt, a backyard cottage, and tiny houses on wheels - at Niche News.

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