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Backdoor Revolution- Part V- Why Vancouver, BC has Done a Lot of ADU-Related Things Right

Backdoor Revolution- The Definitive Guide to ADU Development is officially live!

…Vancouver, British Columbia is the North American leader in ADU development.

Among the most notable things that Vancouver has done is allowed both a secondary suite and a laneway home on the same property. Other US cities (Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington) are considering this idea now, but to my knowledge, no US cities allow it yet.

January 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Backdoor Revolution- Part IV- Top Ten Reasons Why Basement Conversion ADUs and Detached ADUs Are Like Chalk and Cheese

Basement ADUs and detached ADUs are totally different creatures. 

As I began to write my book and researched ADUs of all types, I strongly considered writing a totally separate book about basement ADUs. I ultimately decided to concurrently capture basement ADUs along with other structural forms in the same ADU book.

January 18, 2018 · 4 Comments

Backdoor Revolution- Part III- Why Fostering ADUs is Different than Fostering other Housing Types

One of the reasons that ADUs are especially challenging to foster is that they are generally developed by average homeowners.  No other housing type is commonly developed by non-professional developers.

If you don’t develop housing as a full-time profession, housing development is complicated and challenging. Actually, even if it IS a full-time profession, housing development is complicated and challenging.

January 17, 2018 · 4 Comments

Backdoor Revolution- Part II- Informal ADUs

One significant part of my book research was about informal ADUs. While permitted ADUs are still fairly rare, informal ADU (a.k.a. unpermitted ADUs) are not.

In writing Backdoor Revolution, I discovered that informal ADUs have a lot to teach us. The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

January 11, 2018 · 5 Comments

Backdoor Revolution – Part I – Origin

In 2013, I was observing ADU trends in the US by tracking Google News Alerts and reading academic articles….

I’ve spent the last 2.5 years on this book, and I am proud to finally release it to the world on January 23rd, 2018.

January 8, 2018 · 5 Comments
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