Should you hire a designer, consultant, or design your own ADU? Here we’ll give you an overview of your options so you can decide what’s right for your goals.
Author: Jelena G
Permitting Your Portland ADU: A Step by Step Guide
Whether you’re converting an attic or garage, remodeling an existing space, or constructing a new ADU, you’re going to need a permit from the City of Portland before you can begin construction. In a nutshell, your ADU permit serves as proof that your new space meets the appropriate building codes and satisfies specific safety requirements…
Living Apart, Together: How Croatia Does Multifamily Housing
Around the world, multiple families living together in close quarters is all too common. But in the United States, where 70% of the country’s residential neighborhoods are zoned exclusively for single-family homes, multifamily housing remains a foreign concept. As Americans, we’re used to the idea of flying the coop at 18 and fending for ourselves.…
This Revolutionary New Zoning Law Could Help Solve Oregon’s Housing Crisis
By 2035, the state of Oregon is set to construct 100,000 new homes. But as real estate and construction prices skyrocket due to Oregon’s increasing population, the aftershocks of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the legacy of exclusionary zoning laws, it’s been unclear how exactly one of these new homes could become a reality for the…
Choosing Materials for Your ADU
Recognize interdependence. The elements of human design are entwined with and depend upon the natural world, with broad and diverse implications at every scale. Expand design considerations and recognize distant effects.Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, William McDonough, Michael Braungart Why ADU materials matter So, you’ve made the decision to go smaller.…
Designing Your Space: Enjoy the Process
Our goal is to help people achieve the spaces that enable their best lives as well enjoy the process it takes to get there. No matter the scale of your project, a methodical design is a thoughtful process (and a few unique tweaks) away.
A “multigenerational family” is defined as more than two generations living under the same roof. If you’re already a part of a household with several generations living together, you may remember your elders’ stories of what it was like back when less square footage and more people was more common. You may have even told…
ADU Design: It’s a Game of Inches
For a small home that feels functional and open, consider the size of everything When you embark on the journey of building an ADU from scratch, you’re going to have to make a lot of big decisions involving very small amounts of space. But here’s the kicker: the goal isn’t just to go high-tech and…
Building Smaller to Live Better
If the dream of a large house doesn’t resonate, think about putting your time and resources into a smaller, thoughtfully designed home that fits your life.
What Is an ADU?
You have options when it comes to realizing your dreams of living smaller. Curious about ADUs? Here’s some reasons folks choose to go with Accessory Dwelling Units and the basics you’ll need to know as you make your big decisions.
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