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Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour

A tour for people interested in learning more about ADUs and meeting the homeowners, builders, and designers who built them.




Three Days of ADU Events – June 21st-23rd, 2019

Friday, June 21st, 2019, 8:30am-6pm

Accessory Dwelling Academy

Separate registration required. Accessory Dwelling Academy is a one-day professional education event customized for designers, builders, lenders, realtors, appraisers, real estate investors, and developers. The course will be taught by experienced practitioners. Learn more and register here.

Note: The Academy is not intended for homeowners. Sunday’s ADU class for Homeowners is better for homeowners seeking to build an ADU.

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, 10am-4pm 

Build Small, Live Large- ADU Tour

Attendees take a self-guided tour of ADUs in Portland at their own pace. This tour contains a new set of 17 ADUs throughout Portland, never featured on the ADU Tour before. This is the largest one-day tour of ADUs ever. Register here.

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, 9:30am-1:30pm

ADU class for Homeowners

Separate registration required. This special edition ADU class is for attendees of the Build Small, Live Large ADU Tour. We will be referencing the ADUs that were on the tour, scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd. Learn more and register here.

ADU Tour Booklets and Wristbands

In order to visit the ADUs, you will need ADU tour booklets and wristbands. We recommend picking up them in advance of the tour so that you can head directly to an ADU on the day of the tour.

Pick up your ADU tour booklets and wristbands at on the day of the tour:

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 from 9am-4pm
at Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, 5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211

When picking up them up, you do not need to print out a physical copy of your ticket. You can pick up booklets and wristbands for others as well– just have the other registrants forward their confirmation email to you.

Open Hours for the ADUs on the tour are 10am-4pm


We provide bike racks at each location and strongly encourage participants to bike. This year’s tour features 17 ADUs on the east-side of Portland.

Got Kids?

Kids 12 and under may attend for free

Volunteer for the ADU Tour

Volunteering is a 3.5 hour volunteer commitment that comes with a free pass to see the ADUs during the period that you are not volunteering. Tour volunteers are assigned to a particular ADU, and check wristbands, tally attendance at the ADU, and answer basic questions about the tour. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact the tour organizer at and we’ll get you set up. More information about volunteering is available here

About the ADU Tour

This tour is managed by Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, with support from the City of Portland, Metro, Earth Advantage and the Energy Trust of Oregon.

Questions about the tour?– e-mail

ADU tour archive

The May 2014 ADU Tour information is posted here – Project profiles

The May 2015 ADU Tour information is posted here – Project profiles

The Fall, 2015 ADU Tour information is posted here – Project profiles

The September, 2016 ADU Tour information is posted here – Project profiles

The September, 2017 ADU Tour information is posted here – Project profiles are here and here

ADU Tour
June 22, 2019
Register Here





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