Category Archives: accessory dwelling

Small Developer Bootcamp in Portland

Yesterday, on a gorgeous spring morning, my landie Jake and I rode our bikes down to the Native American Center at PSU to attend the Small Scale Developer Bootcamp hosted by Eli Spevak of Orange Splot, LLC and John and … Continue reading

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Less Is More 2016 Wrap Up

It was great fun Kicking Off 2016 with Small Home Design by teaching Less Is More at Yestermorrow. Monday and Tuesday we went on field trips to small houses in the Mad River Valley and Montpelier. We got to see five … Continue reading

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The Triple Whammy of ADU Financials (And Why It Might Make Sense to Create an ADU Anyway)

As you can see from the ADU Case Studies, many homeowners recognize the social, environmental, and financial value of creating an ADU on their property. However, our financial system hasn’t quite caught up with the trend. As I talked with … Continue reading

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Why Does Portland Have ALL the ADUs?

As you read through the ADU Case Studies on AccessoryDwellings.org, it may seem like ALL the ADUs in America are centered in the immediate vicinity of Voodoo Donuts. I’m here to assure you that’s not true. It’s really not about the donuts. … Continue reading

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ADU Case Studies Project Update

Over the past two years I’ve had the opportunity to interview more than 60 ADU owners and 20 designers and builders. In 2016 here’s what you can expect: each week on Friday we’ll post a new piece of the ADU Case Studies Project. Continue reading

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Small Home Weekend Wrap Up

What an action-packed weekend it was for little houses! On Friday I enjoyed visiting with other small home advocates and enthusiasts from all across the country at the Build Small, Live Large Summit. Alan Durning of the Sightline Institute and Dee … Continue reading

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Small Home Weekend in Portland

This weekend is jam-packed with small house events! Some folks are even referring to it as Tinypalooza! The Build Small, Live Large Summit on Friday, Nov 6th will take place at Portland State University. I’m moderating the Space Efficient Housing Policy … Continue reading

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Build Small, Live Large Summit on Friday, Nov 6th

A couple years ago I participated in the Build Small, Live Large Summit, hosted at Portland State University. This Friday the event is happening again and it’s sold out! If you didn’t manage to snag a ticket you can still tour tiny … Continue reading

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Guided ADU (Bike) Tour: The Inside Scoop

Last year I had a blast leading a guided bike tour for Portland’s Build Small, Live Large ADU Tour, so this year I’m doing it again! The ADU Tour sold out last year, so this year it’s expanded to two days. This is … Continue reading

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Less Is More Tours & Programming

We’re about to begin our third day of Yestermorrow‘s Less is More class, which is focused on small home design. The first two days had a similar itinerary: small home tours in the morning, afternoon design lessons, and evening presentation and … Continue reading

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