A one-stop source about accessory dwelling units, multigenerational homes, laneway houses, ADUs, granny flats, in-law units…
AccessoryDwellings.org was founded, and is edited, by 3 volunteers in Portland, Oregon:
Kol Peterson is an ADU advocate with a background in environmental planning. Kol lives in an ADU that he completed in 2011 and teaches regular ADU classes for homeowners. He also owns Caravan- The The Tiny House Hotel with his wife. Read more about Kol on his very thoroughly documented personal ADU design/build blog and at BuildingAnADU.com, which documents his latest ADU development project and provides resources for others who aspire to build their own ADU. In January, 2018, Kol released the book, Backdoor Revolution-The Definitive Guide to ADU Development.
Eli Spevak founded Orange Splot LLC in 1996, following a decade of work developing affordable housing with community-based nonprofits, to develop small communities of small homes. Completed projects have been featured in the New York Times, Sunset Magazine, NBC’s Today Show, and Portland’s annual Build It Green! tours. He has led bike tours of tiny homes, organized community residents to change Portland’s ADU regulations so more can get built, and constructed/renovated ADUs, detached bedrooms, and homes-on-wheels. Eli is in Cambridge, MA this year as a Loeb Fellow, focusing on policy and advocacy work to remove regulatory & financing barriers to space-efficient housing. Read more about Eli here.
Martin Brown [now semi-retired as editor] is a researcher and consultant on environment and housing. His work has been published both in peer-reviewed journals, such as American Naturalist and Appraisal Journal, and popular outlets, like Sierra, Alternet, and MAKE. Find out more about his work at martinjohnbrown.net.
Editors and contributors are unpaid for their work on the site, with a few exceptions. In 2013 and 2014, the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality and the Metro regional government have contracted with several individuals to develop content that will be published on the site — Lina Menard’s series of ADU case studies, Martin Brown’s analysis of Oregon ADU survey data (though not his series of posts on policy) and an introductory video about the ADU concept executed by Paper Krane. Thanks!