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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.

The page with the project profile information for all of the ADUs featured on the September 2016 ADU Tour page is now public. Addresses have been removed to protect the privacy of the ADU owners.

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Previews of some of the ADUs 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 12 ADUs in Portland at their own pace. This tour contains 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 in this Oregonian article about the tour, and much more information about the ADUs featured is now available for attendees on the ADU Tour Page for Attendees.

Biking: Each ADU will have bike racks and we bike routestrongly 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 is now available from the ADU Tour Page for Attendees.

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, 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. Organizer’s note: The guided tour options are both sold out, but you can add yourself to a waitlist. 

Pictures of ADUs previously featured in the fall 2015 ADU Tour

Ticket Pick Up

All ticket holders can pick up booklets and Edit ADU Tour September 2016 - Google Chrome_2016-08-13_15-35-52wristbands during the event, on September 18th from 9am-4pm:

at Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel

5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211.

Attendees can also pick up booklets and wristbands on Saturday, September 17th at 2120 NE Tillamook St. Portland, OR 97212, where the ADU workshops are being held.

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

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


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