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.
In a nutshell, your ADU permit serves as proof that your new space meets the appropriate building codes and satisfies specific safety requirements laid out by Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS). And, as with any bureaucratic procedure, obtaining a building permit can be a complex, lengthy, and often overwhelming process. But we’re here toContinue reading “Permitting Your Portland ADU: A Step by Step Guide”
As Americans, we’re used to the idea of flying the coop at 18 and fending for ourselves. But this norm is starting to lose steam as droves of young people move back in with their parents out of economic necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. What’s more, as the population grows and the need for newContinue reading “Living Apart, Together: How Croatia Does Multifamily Housing”
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 theContinue reading “This Revolutionary New Zoning Law Could Help Solve Oregon’s Housing Crisis”
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 goContinue reading “Choosing Materials for Your ADU”
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.
If you’re already a part of a household with more than two 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 a few stories yourself. These days, more and more Americans are getting familiarContinue reading “Multigenerational Living: What’s old is new again”
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 tiny for the sake of living in less square feet. It’s about minimizing theContinue reading “ADU Design: It’s a Game of Inches”
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.
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.