A one-stop source about accessory dwelling units, multigenerational homes, laneway houses, ADUs, granny flats, in-law units…
A tour for people interested in learning more about ADUs and meeting
the homeowners, builders, and designers who built them.
Previews of some of the ADUs likely to be featured on this year’s tour
Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 17th- ADU workshops by Kol Peterson
Phase I– Laying the Groundwork
Zoning, Permitting, Costs, Financing, ADU Types, Site Selection
Phase II- The Design & Building Process
Small Space Design, Step-by-Step overview, Infrastructure and Systems, Green Building, Contracts, Further Resources.
Sunday, September 18th, 10am-4pm- ADU Tour: Attendees take a self-guided tour of 10+ ADUs in Portland at their own pace. This fall tour will contain a new set of ADUs throughout Portland, never featured on the ADU Tour before.
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. Some pictures of the ADUs on this year’s tour are available here and much more information will be posted for attendees, starting on September 2nd.
Biking: Each stop will have bike racks, and strongly encourage attendees to bike. If you plan on biking the whole route, it is 20 miles long. Two of the northern-most stops on tour add 8 miles to the route, so you can get to all but two of them on an 12 mile bike route. The bike friendly route map will be shared with tour registrants, and bike racks will be available at each location.
Don’t have a bike? Rent one from Portland’s new bike share program for only $12 for the whole day.
Guided tour option: The guided tours will provide contextual insights into ADU design considerations, regulations, and costs. This guided tour option will cost $85 and will be capped at 15 people. This exclusive, guided tour will go from 9:30am-4pm. These will bike-based tours, and will be led by Eli Spevak (Editor of AccessoryDwellings.org, a Portland Planning and Sustainability Commissioner, and owner of Orange Splot LLC) and Schuyler Smith (Principal of Polyphon Architecture and Design), respectively. Logistics information will be emailed to attendees prior to the guided tour.
Pictures of ADUs previously featured in the fall 2015 ADU Tour
Ticket Pick Up
at Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel
5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211.
Attendees can also pick up tickets on Saturday, September 17th at 2120 NE Tillamook St. Portland, OR 97212, where the ADU workshops are being held.
Early bird ticket holders (purchased before September 2nd) can pick up tickets and booklets prior to the event at the following locations and times:
This tour is managed by Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, with support from the City of Portland, Metro, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Earth Advantage and the Energy Trust of Oregon.
Kids under 12 are free
Questions about the tour?– e-mail email@example.com
Interested in volunteering? ~30 volunteers are needed to help out at ADUs along the tour. Tour volunteers are assigned to a particular ADU, and check wristbands, tally attendance at the ADU, and answer basic questions about the tour. It’s a fun, 3.5 hour volunteer commitment (morning or afternoon) that comes with a free pass to see the ADUs during the rest of the day. -e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in volunteering
ADU tour archive