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.…

Are ADU’s The Future of Multigenerational Living?

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…

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.