Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit on Your Property in Portland, Oregon, Saturday October 5

  • 5 October 2019
  • Start time : 09:00 AM
  • End time : 05:00 PM
  • Event Host : Accessory Dwelling Strategies LLC 
  • Event Location : Northeast Coalition of Neighborhood's office, 4815 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211, United States
Accessory Dwelling Units ADUs
Event Description

The goal for this class is to help you, the homeowner, build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) that will augment your property, maximize your space, and add flexibility to your life. This class will help you understand the essential elements of the ADU process from start to finish, which will result in a more beautiful space and will save you time and money.

Note: The process of building an ADU can be complex, overwhelming and expensive. The speaker is not a general contractor or an architect trying to sell services, but is a homeowner and environmental professional with a passion for ADUs and a lot of practical information to share about them.


You’ll Walk Away from the Class Understanding…

· The design, permitting, and building process

· Relevant green building approaches and certifications

· Financing, rebates, incentives, cost-saving design/build measures

· Resources, references and contacts to help you design and build your ADU

You’ll be able to ask questions of me and other attendees, and network with other local homeowners who are considering building an ADU.


Accessory Dwelling Strategies LLC is designed to help others build ADUs and offers a range of services and programs to this end.

Earth Advantage is a Portland-based nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate the creation of better buildings. Earth Advantage provides knowledge to building professionals and information to consumers through certification, research, education, and product development to move the building industry towards more sustainable practices.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Accessory Dwelling Strategies LLC 
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Speaker:
      Kol Peterson

      · Author of Backdoor Revolution- The Definitive Guide to ADU Development
      · Built a new construction ADU in NE Portland; completed in September 2011 and a basement/garage conversion ADU in 2018.
      · Organize the City-wide ADU Tour
      · Owner of Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel.
      · Teach ADU Class for Reators through Earth Advantage Institute.
      · Editor of and
      · Master in Design and the Environment from the Harvard Graduate School of Design
      · Sustainable Home Professional certification from the Earth Advantage Institute
  • Logistics / Parking
    • The course will go from 9am to 5pm with a lunch break. The class is going to be a fast-paced course that will cover lots of material. Be prepared with questions and be ready to take notes. There will be some handouts.

      The class visits 2-3 ADUs in the afternoon after lunch, then return to the classroom to finish up the day
  • Cost
    • $165, includes the speaker's book: Backdoor Revolution- The Definitive Guide to ADU Development
  • Event type
    • Training

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