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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.

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 do not need to print out a physical copy of your ticket.

You’ll just need to bring a photo ID. You can pick up booklets and wristbands for others as well– just have the other registrants forward their confirmation email to you.

You can pick up booklets and wristbands at the following times and locations:

Friday, September 8th, from 5pm-6pm

ADU Workshop attendees can pick up packets/wristbands on Friday evening where the workshop is being held:  2120 NE Tillamook St. Portland, OR 97212,

Saturday and Sunday, September 9th and 10th, from 9am-4pm

All attendees can also pick up booklets and wristbands on the days of the ADU Tour events at Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, 5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211, beginning at 9am.

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

Northeast ADUs on Saturday, September 9th, from 10am-4pm
Southeast ADUs on Sunday, September 10th, from 10am-4pm

Educate Yourself About the ADUs on the Tour

Your confirmation email includes the web page URLs and passwords for two days of the ADU Tour.

These pages include a lot of information about each ADU, including costs, sweat equity estimates, notes of any especially expensive aspects of each project, design time, construction time, and advice, tips, permitting issues, and lessons learned from each homeowner. This page provides addresses as well a link to a mapping application built to help you navigate the tour.

Review the ADUs profiles online before the tour so you can use your time effectively. The project profiles for each ADU will likely address many of the questions that you have.

During the tour, the ADU owners will be available to answer questions about their ADU and most of the ADU’s builders and/or designers will be available 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, convenient, blue bike racks located at each ADU. Remember to lock your bikes to the racks. More information is available about biking on the tour pages.

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 12 ADUs on either day of the 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

A mobile site and map app, accessible from the tour page, will lead you to a mobile site designed just for the tour. You can gain access to this map page with the code that will be 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.

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15 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.

  7. Cecilia Speth
    September 4, 2017

    Is there any alternative to picking up wrist bands/tour books at the Tiny Caravan site? Living in Sellwood working all day Saturday and attending the SE tour on Sunday, I am hoping to avoid the time/drive to pick them up in the AM. I am guessing that there are not other options at this point, so would like to propose future possibilities. I think if a couple of homes on each tour were designated as wrist band / tour books pick up locations it would allow those of us with limited time to maximize our touring days. Thanks!!

    • Kol Peterson
      September 4, 2017

      Cecilia,

      Yes, there have been a few pick up locations for early bird registrants, and there’s still a couple more times to pick up your wristbands and booklets prior to the Sunday tour in SE. Check your email confirmation for a list of locations and times.

      We’ve tried in the past to have a pick up point in SE and very few people took advantage of it. So, we don’t do that anymore.

      -Kol

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