I’m an editor for AccessoryDwellings.org, a site edited by 3 volunteers in Portland, Oregon. It is a one-stop source about accessory dwelling units, multigenerational homes, laneway houses, ADUs, granny flats, in-law units.

Here’s some of my latest posts on that website.

  • Announcing Accessory Dwelling Academy and The ADU Tour February 11, 2019 4:30 pm
    On June 21st, 2019, we are running a new professional education event designed for builders, designers, lenders, realtors and appraisers who aspire to up their ADU game and stand out from the competition.
  • ADU Permit Trends in Portland in 2017 and 2018 January 14, 2019 4:30 pm
    This post details some findings about ADU permit trends in Portland. First, we'll start with the big picture. Here's the latest data on the number of permits issued by the City of Portland for ADUs from 2000-2018. In 2017, 588 permits were issued. In 2018, 660 were issued. This is a total of 1248 ADU permits issued in 2017 and 2018.
  • Portland’s next ADU Tour is happening on June 22nd, 2019. October 15, 2018 5:00 pm
    Portland’s next ADU Tour will be on Saturday, June 22nd Save the date!   More tour information will be posted on AccessoryDwellings.org this winter.
  • ADU Legislative Initiatives Abound May 2, 2018 12:13 pm
    SDC Waiver, Residential Infill Project, Oregon and California state legislative updates.... There are significant ADU legislative initiatives underway in California, Porltand, and Oregon at large. Each of these legislative efforts have national signficance.
  • Basement/Garage Conversion Open House on Thursday, April 19th April 16, 2018 5:30 pm
    For those of you in Portland, I'm having an open house event this Thursday, April 19th at my recently completed basement/garage conversion ADU from 4-7pm. I hope to see you there.
  • Backdoor Revolution- Part V- Why Vancouver, BC has Done a Lot of ADU-Related Things Right January 23, 2018 2:00 pm
    Backdoor Revolution- The Definitive Guide to ADU Development is officially live! ...Vancouver, British Columbia is the North American leader in ADU development. Among the most notable things that Vancouver has done is allowed both a secondary suite and a laneway home on the same property. Other US cities (Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington) are considering this idea now, but to my knowledge, no US cities allow it yet.
  • Backdoor Revolution- Part IV- Top Ten Reasons Why Basement Conversion ADUs and Detached ADUs Are Like Chalk and Cheese January 18, 2018 5:00 pm
    Basement ADUs and detached ADUs are totally different creatures.  As I began to write my book and researched ADUs of all types, I strongly considered writing a totally separate book about basement ADUs. I ultimately decided to concurrently capture basement ADUs along with other structural forms in the same ADU book.
  • Backdoor Revolution- Part III- Why Fostering ADUs is Different than Fostering other Housing Types January 17, 2018 2:00 pm
    One of the reasons that ADUs are especially challenging to foster is that they are generally developed by average homeowners.  No other housing type is commonly developed by non-professional developers. If you don’t develop housing as a full-time profession, housing development is complicated and challenging. Actually, even if it IS a full-time profession, housing development is complicated and challenging.
  • Backdoor Revolution- Part II- Informal ADUs January 11, 2018 8:45 pm
    One significant part of my book research was about informal ADUs. While permitted ADUs are still fairly rare, informal ADU (a.k.a. unpermitted ADUs) are not. In writing Backdoor Revolution, I discovered that informal ADUs have a lot to teach us. The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
  • Backdoor Revolution – Part I – Origin January 8, 2018 7:27 pm
    In 2013, I was observing ADU trends in the US by tracking Google News Alerts and reading academic articles.... I’ve spent the last 2.5 years on this book, and I am proud to finally release it to the world on January 23rd, 2018.