A Mentor, A Plan, A Tiny House Tour

Eli Spevak of Orange Splot

Eli Spevak of Orange Splot

When three people say “you know, you really ought to talk to _____,” I suggest you get in touch. Today I had an informational interview with my new hero Eli Spevak, owner of Orange Splot, LLC. He’s agreed to take me on as an unpaid intern!

Eli is a graduate of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program I’m doing at Portland State University. He’s now a real estate developer, specializing in small-scale, community-oriented, infill and retrofit projects. The communities he builds are so breathtakingly beautiful that I truly stopped in my tracks the first time I saw one. This was my first day in Portland when I went for a long walk and was drawn off my intended route by catching sight of Sabin GreenĀ out of the corner of my eye. I was determined to find the builder, so imagine my delight when I finally looked up Eli and Sabin Green was one of the first things I found on his website! (Go to Orange Splot and click on projects and then Sabin Green to see what I’m talking about.)
Eli is fascinated by small spaces like I am and he has coordinated tiny house tours in the past. Recently he’s been pretty busy with other projects (like a cohousing community called Cully Grove, just ten blocks from my house). So we’re going to brainstorm ways that I can help out, which just might include organizing a tiny house tour.
Meanwhile, Dee Williams of PAD Tiny Houses has been trying to rally tiny housers in Portland since there are quite a few of us now and we haven’t had a chance to meet each other. I hope that when these two worlds come crashing together something amazing happens!
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2 Responses to A Mentor, A Plan, A Tiny House Tour

  1. Szolga says:

    Glad you liked the little cegtatos we built! To be a bit more accurate, they were permitted as habitable, detached accessory structures. Think of them as detached bedrooms, each with a full bathroom. Although the City of Portland allows Accessory Dwelling Units, there’s no point to permit something as an ADU if you’re not putting a kitchen in it. Also, there’s a limit of one ADU per residential lot. These cegtatos don’t have kitchens, so they aren’t ADUs; residents all share the kitchen in the primary house.- Eli

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