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It’s Time to Register for the September 2016 ADU Tour

The City-wide ADU Tour is less than six weeks away, and early bird ticket sales end on September 2nd.

On the tour, you’ll meet homeowners who have recently completed their ADUs, who are keen on sharing information with you about the ADU development experience, including sharing cost breakdowns of their projects, lessons learned, design choices, and timelines.  In addition to meeting homeowners and seeing a bunch of recently completed ADUs, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with many designers, builders, and other professionals who worked on these projects. Finding good design professionals can be challenging–this tour is explicitly designed to help give you the opportunity to network with some solid professionals for your project.

There will be 10+ new ADUs on this year’s tour, never before featured on other tours. The structural and aesthetic variety of ADU types,  styles, sizes, and uses on this tour is broad. This tour includes a 540 sq ft finely detailed garage conversion, a fully accessible ‘granny’ unit, an ADU above a craftsman bungalow garage, a high performance Earth Advantage Platinum rated ADU, an attached ADU addition used for a multi-generational family, an condoized ADU that is going on the market, and many more.

Here’s some images of the ADUs that will be featured.

Two of the ADUs on the tour are next door to one another and developed by the same individual. For the newest ADU, the original house was lifted on stilts to create a ‘Ground floor ADU’; the ADU is now at ground level and the main floor of the primary house was lofted upwards a few steps from its original position. This development move essentially saved the home from being demolished. The other one is a beautiful, 2BR, basement conversion. Both of these ADU represent extremely well done examples of incremental development, adding long term housing in a highly walkable neighborhood–you don’t want to miss these examples if you want to become inspired to be the kind of homeowner developer that both preserves character, and adds value to the surrounding community.

If you are considering building an ADU, the ADU Tour is the single most valuable way to get prepared for the process, and to get inspired to do it well. Consider taking the four-hour ADU class on Saturday if you haven’t already taken the full day ADU Class, or if you need a refresher. And there’s still some spaces remaining on the two expert-led guided tours, but those spots won’t last long…

Learn more and register for the ADU tour, classes, and guided tours at
Early Bird prices end on September 2nd

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


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