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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:
Monday, August 28th, 12pm to Friday, Sept 1st, 12pm
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 700 NE Multnomah Street, suite 600, Portland, OR, 97232.
DEQ offices are open during normal business hours.
Sunday, September 3rd, from 11am-4pm
Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, 5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211 on
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.
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.
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 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:
Have fun! Learn a lot. Get inspired.