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Thank you for registering for the ADU Tour

Thank you for registering for Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour.

Where and When to Pick Up Your ADU Tour Booklets and Wristbands

In order to visit the ADUs, you will need ADU tour booklets and wristbands. When picking up them up, you’ll just need to bring a photo ID. You can pick up for others as well–just have the other registrants forward their confirmation email to you.

You can pick up booklets and wristbands at Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, 5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211, on the day of the ADU Tour, Sunday, September 18th, from 9am-4pm

Saturday ADU Workshop attendees can also pick up packets/wristbands on Saturday, September 17th at 2120 NE Tillamook St. Portland, OR 97212, where the ADU workshops are being held.

To access the ADU Tour Page for Attendees, WebButtonB (1).jpgwhich has the  ADU project profiles, and a mobile-friendly map app we’ve developed for the tour, use the password that is provided in the email ticket confirmation you received when you registered for the tour. 

 

Saturday ADU Workshops

Saturday’s ADU workshops will be located at:

2120 NE Tillamook St. Portland, OR 97212.

Plan to arrive 30 minutes before workshops begin.

Educate Yourself About the ADUs on the Tour

Review the ADUs profiles online before the tour so you can use your time effectively. The project profiles and and signage located at each ADU, will likely address many of the questions that you have about the ADUs.

The owner will be available to answer questions about their ADU, and most of the ADU’s builders and/or designers will be available as well.

The ADU profiles on AccessoryDwellings.org on the password-protected tour page for attendees, include information about each ADU that you’ll see featured on the tour, stats about costs, sweat equity estimates, notes of any especially expensive aspects of each project, design time, construction time, and advice, tips, and lessons learned from each homeowner, permitting issues, and lessons learned. The packets and the online ADU project profiles list the ADU addresses as well.

Tour Logistics

Bike!: We encourage you to ride a bike, if you’re able. Biking will substantially minimize the traffic impact on the neighborhoods that you’ll be visiting this weekend. There will be large bike racks located at each ADU and we encourage you to bike if you’re able. Remember to lock your bikes to the racks. More information is available about biking on the tour page.

Driving: If you’re driving, be aware that parking at each ADU will be limited; expect to walk 1-2 blocks at each location.

Water: Bring a water bottle to fill up along the way.

Volunteers: At each ADU, there will be a tour volunteer stationed to answer questions, check wristbands, and keep an eye on the bike racks.

Be Respectful: Be respectful of the ADU homeowners, designers, and builders, who have opened up their ADUs for the tour. Some homeowners may ask you to remove your shoes. Some won’t. Be respectful of their wishes.

Bathrooms: There won’t be bathrooms available at any of the ADUs for you to use since the bathrooms need to be kept clean for the other tour attendees to see. So, you’ll have to rely on using restrooms at retail establishments along your tour route.

Crowds: ADUs are inherently small and this tour will have a lot of people on it. So, please be ready to hang out in short lines outside of the ADUs. Volunteers will be there to manage the queue.

Educate Yourself about the ADUs: Read the ADUs profiles available online before the tour so you can use your time effectively. The project profiles and several posters and signage located at each ADU will likely address many of the questions that you have about the ADUs. To make the tour better for everyone, don’t ask redundant questions of the hosts, designers, or builders, that are already addressed directly in the website or in the posters. Ask questions that are more nuanced or aren’t addressed in the tour literature provided.

Routes: Speaking of tour routes, make up your own tour route. You don’t have visit the ADUs in the order we’ve set up. Count on being able to visit 2 ADUs any hour. So, it is feasible to visit all 10+ ADUs on the tour, but we encourage you to be selective, and only visit the ADUs that pertain to your personal interests.

The Mobile-Friendly Map Page for the ADU Tour

This mobile site and map app, accessible from the tour page, which will lead you to a mobile site designed just for the tour. You can gain access to this map page with the code that is provided in the ADU tour booklets. Using this mobile site which will be made available in early September, you can:

Navigate by foot, bike, or vehicle to your next ADU tour location using Google Maps

Read the project profile for each ADU and see preview images of each ADU on the tour

Have fun! Learn a lot. Get inspired.

13 comments on “Thank you for registering for the ADU Tour

  1. Marie Morgan
    May 5, 2015

    It would be great at the Tour if there were some sort of (physical and/or electronic) bulletin board for potential contacts with mutual interests. E.g., I hope to build an ADU in Portland for when I come to visit friends & family, but I don’t own a home there…maybe someone wants one on their property but can’t pay for construction right now.

    • vrpdxpert
      May 21, 2015

      Funny you should mention it; I have a home in need of just such an ADU.
      If anyone’s interested in the above circumstances, let me know.

    • fullen.matthew@gmail.com
      May 29, 2015

      I have a home in a great location that is in need of an ADU. If you are interested let me know!

  2. GJ
    May 21, 2015

    Where is the “your PDF ticket (available below).” ???

    • kolpeterson
      May 21, 2015

      Thanks for catching that. I’ve corrected it. You’ll actaully receive the PDF ticket by email.

  3. F Mayer
    September 30, 2015

    Are you mailing all tickets instead of email?

    • kolpeterson
      September 30, 2015

      Tickets must be picked up in person.

      All ticket holders can pick up booklets and wristbands during the event, on November 7th from 9am-4pm:

      at Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel

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

      Early bird ticket holders can pick up tickets and booklets prior to the event at the following times and locations:

      Monday, October 26th starting at 12pm- Friday, October 30th ending at 12pm

      Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

      811 SW 6th Avenue, 10th floor, Portland, OR, 97204

      &

      Build Small Live Large housing summit attendees can pick up tickets at the summit on Friday, November 6th.

      PSU Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR

  4. Delila
    October 22, 2015

    I live in Seattle. Is there any way I could get the code in advance without traveling to Portland?

    • kolpeterson
      October 22, 2015

      Delila, I will be sending out the access code to the tour web page to registered attendees on October 24th.

  5. Kent
    September 9, 2016

    Instructions re needing and picking up tickets and wristbands are not clear to me. We are attending the Sept 18 tour only. Can tickets and wristbands and all reference material be picked up at the same time at the same place? If so what places and times?
    If not (which seems illogical, but is the way I interpret the info provided) where and when do we get the tickets and then where and when do we get the wristbands?

    • Kol Peterson
      September 9, 2016

      Kent,

      You can pick up booklets and wristbands at: Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, 5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211 on

      Sunday, September 11th, from 11am-4pm

      or

      at Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, 5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211, on the day of the ADU Tour, on Sunday, September 18th, from 9am-4pm

      Saturday ADU Workshop attendees can also pick up packets/wristbands on Saturday, September 17th at 2120 NE Tillamook St. Portland, OR 97212, where the ADU workshops are being held.

  6. Sara
    September 16, 2016

    If I bring my 9-year-old with me on the self guided tour, does he need a wristband?

    • Kol Peterson
      September 16, 2016

      No, Kids under 12 are free. Volunteers will admit children who are under 12 into the ADU without wristbands.

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