With the explosion of newly built and available ADUs (accessory dwelling units) in the Portland, Ore. area, the option to view them has also increased. Caravan – Tiny House Hotel in NE Portland had over 850 attendees tour 12 ADUs during their Build Small, Live Large event last year. This year the attendance is expected to double in size and will include 25 units on the self-guided tour. The 2nd Annual Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour will be held Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31, 2015. The early bird cost (until May 23rd) for the workshop and the two day tour is $75 per person. The two-day tour is $50 per person.
“We already have people registered to attend from 10 different states for this year’s tour, so it’s drawing national interest,” Kol Peterson of Caravan – Tiny House Hotel said.
On Friday evening there will also be a three hour ADU Workshop called “Getting Started with Permitting, Financing, and Design” presented by Kol and held at the Alberta Abbey. Saturday, attendees will tour 12 ADUs throughout NE Portland. Caravan – The Tiny House Hotel will open the doors to its six tiny houses on wheels to tour attendees for the entire weekend. Saturday evening, there will be a party at Caravan, featuring live music from Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness, as well as fire pit s’mores and local beer. On Sunday, attendees can tour 13 ADUs in SE Portland.
One attendee from the previous ADU tour said this about the event:
The very best part was the possibility of visiting in real time. No virtual tour can give you a feel of the place (even when you have a very good imagination). It was great having the owners/designers there even though we only got a few chances to talk to them (they can only talk to so many at a time and we all have different questions). I am now getting a ductless heat pump put into one of our rentals thanks to the feedback I got from ADU owners! I liked the variety of types and styles. I really appreciated all those folks for being willing to open their places to the public. Can you thank them all—again, I am sure—because they were truly generous.
Portland has witnessed an eight-fold rise in the number of ADU permits since 2010. This dramatic increase is the result of a 2010 City of Portland waiver of System Development Charges, which reduced the cost of building permits for an ADU by up to $11,000. Before the 2010 waiver, approximately 30 ADUs were built in Portland annually, but in 2014 alone, there were 262 ADU permits. The waiver’s popularity caused the Portland City Council to extend the waiver until July, 2016. The inaugural ADU Tour drew attendees from across the country, showing the surging interest in small housing. For those who can’t attend the spring tour, another city wide tour of ADUs is already scheduled for November 7th, 2015.
Photos by Caravan – Tiny House Hotel