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Thanks for being a ADU host on the ADU Tour:
Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour
Here’s the public web page for the tour: https://accessorydwellings.org/adu_tour.
The purpose of the tour is for attendees to see finished ADUs, talk to you about your design/build process and decisions, and foster networking opportunities between homeowners and local ADU designers and builders.
Being an ADU Tour Host
Being an ADU tour host is an extremely rewarding and fun experience. Here is feedback from previous hosts:
“We had a fantastic turn out despite our “less than close-in” location! 436+ beautiful folks! We felt like we were at an amazing reception. The tour goers were kind, respectful and curious! Our volunteers Alice and Claire were terrific! We all really needed and appreciated the positive responses and feedback after a long and challenging build.”
“Thanks for arranging and pulling off a very successful tour. We made a lot of worthwhile contacts and had a great time…. I’m sure we had between 400 and 500 come through, we had 4 people there and we were all busy almost every minute.”
“Thank you again – it was awesome. It went sooo smoothly – I was worried about 800 people, but it wasn’t a problem, and for our ADU, I don’t think there was ever a line. We had such a great time; and learned some interesting things from others. We also got to reconnect with some long-lost friends and re-established a relationship.”
“It was fun, exhilarating and exhausting!”
The following are the prerequisites to be a host on the Build Small, Live Large ADU Tour:
1) Homeowners should be enthusiastic about showing off their ADU to hundreds of people
2) Homeowners must be willing to be transparent about their design/build costs, as this is the information that tour attendees are most interested in knowing.
3) Homeowners must be willing to have their ADU featured on AccessoryDwellings.org. You can read over some previous ADU Tour project profiles on https://accessorydwellings.org/spring-2015-adu-project-profiles/
4) Homeowners will ideally have their builder and designer present for the day of the tour so that attendees can make direct contact with industry professionals
For the day of the tour, you should plan to have two-four people at your ADU to answer questions. That could be you, your partners, designers, builders, or knowledgeable friends/neighbors. These people are helping you represent your project; there will be a steady stream of attendees all day so having a few people help you out is a good idea.
Hosts and other ADU industry professionals (contractors, subs, designers) are encouraged to display additional ADU related information or promotional material. This is a great opportunity for designers and contractors to develop leads for future projects.
In-Person ADU Tour Host Meetup
I’ll host a pre-tour host that you should attend.
At this meeting, hosts will be given a $100 cleaning stipend in advance of the tour. Informational signage and other material will be provided to each host for display in the ADU.
We’ll also host a ADU Tour debrief gathering at a brewery/pub following the tour. I’ll ask everyone to return the Tour materials (yard signs) at the debrief.
There should be a picture that shows the ADU exterior (at least for detached ADUs) and 2-3 good pictures of the finished interior. It’s best if the house is clean and/or unfurnished in these pictures–the same kind of images you’d use if you were advertising the ADU for rent.
Eventually, we will need to have 4 good pictures of each ADU for the website and for the tour packet. Some of the ADUs on the tour are not yet complete, so we can wait on these for a little while longer. But, if hosts have 4+ good images ready, please email them to me.
Images should be in landscape view (not portrait), and it should be a high resolution image (larger than 1 MB), which many smart phones now take by default.
ADU Tour Volunteers
I’ll be seeking volunteers to work outside each ADU to check for wristbands and to answer basic questions about the tour and your ADUs. We’ll provide a 1 hour training to this group of volunteers and will be sending out email to connect you with them before the tour. The volunteers primary job is to be stationed outside the ADUs or the main houses and to check wristbands and assist the homeowners however they need to.
If you know friendly people who would enjoy volunteering for the ADU Tour in exchange for a ticket to the tour, you can have them email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a few things about the role of the volunteers:
Each location is going to get a bike rack delivered for the day before the tour. Jeff from bikeracker will send an email like the one below out to you before the tour, describing this bike rack drop off process.
We have requested City of Portland temporary parking permits to locate our no impact, self service, bike parking racks within on street vehicle parking spaces. We will be locating 3-4 bicycle racks (12-16 bikes) in one 20′ vehicle parking space immediately in front of each of the ADU tour stops. Our permits are in process and we will be posting them at all locations on the morning of the tour.
We will be out very early (6am or so) to place racks in those permitted locations, and most times the parking spaces are clear. If at all possible, we appreciate the support of helping us insure those spaces are clear via neighbor discussion. The perm it postings usually do the trick, but appreciate any and all extra help.
All racks will be removed by later in the evening post tour time. I hope this provides a bit of background on our plans for the tour, and please don’t hesitate to reply with questions, comments, or words of insight/advice for your particular location. Much thanks again and wish you all a great tour!
ADU Tour Organizer
Owner of Caravan – The Tiny House Hotel
Editor of AccessoryDwellings.org