Emerging ADU Industry In Portland

Emerging ADU Industry In Portland

 Register For The ADU Academy in Portland: Nov.8th, 2019

Written by Janet Thome

The ADU Academy-  founded by Kol Peterson,  the author of Backdoor Revolution-The Definitive Guide to ADU Development and owner of Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, the first tiny house hotel in the world, and organizer of Portland’s popular ADU Tour is offering an educational event about ADUs for industry professionals. Specifically, it’s for designers, builders, entrepreneurs, developers, realtors, real estate investors, lenders and appraisers on Nov. 8th, 2019 from 8: 30 am to 6pm.

Kol consults with homeowners about ADUs on their property, and teaches ADU classes for homeowners and for real estate agents. He edits and manages AccessoryDwellings.org and  BuildinganADU.com.Kol has a masters degree in environmental planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Registration includes:

Full-day of top tier professional workshops, lunch and open bar reception• A copy of Backdoor Revolution- The Definitive Guide to ADU Development• Seven continuing education credits available for CCB, OREA, ACLB, AIA and WA Appraisers • Accreditation exam which allows graduates  to earn the ADU Specialist designation.

The Academy will provide detailed insights about ADU development from industry practitioners who have first-hand experience in this growing market in the leading US market for ADUs. It will also provide a chance to network with a cohort of practitioners from across the country.

ADU Academy

This second Academy is being held the day after the Build Small Live Large summit, which will be held at Portland State University on November 7th.

Propel Studio: Winner Of Oregon Home Structure and Style Awards 2019

Propel Studio has been working in neighborhoods throughout Portland over the past six years to help people navigate the design, permitting and construction process for ADUs.  Adding an ADU addresses the housing shortage, provides extra income, promotes aging in place and milt-generational living.

Contact Propel

Propel is based in Portland but can build anywhere a jurisdiction allows.

Portland’s Regulation Of ADUs

Durham Construction LLC

Daniel Durham is the owner and builder of Durham Construction has worked in carpentry and construction for the past 20 years. He started Durham Construction with the intention of putting his own name behind the work he strongly believes in. He is inspired by modern architecture, materials, furniture and design; and how people interact with them. Daniel prides himself in a dedicated attention to detail and a firm adherence to quality. He believes a budget should never compromise the quality of work and that everything should be built to last.

The featured ADU over a garage is a perfect use of space, adding value to your property and blends beautifully with existing structures.

Contact Durham Construction

Dweller

Dweller – a Portland ADU builder, builds and installs accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in a low cost, efficient manner to allow as many homeowners as possible to benefit from this source of extra income and desperately needed housing

Dweller specializes in producing ADUs in an affordable, efficient manner to allow as many homeowners as possible to benefit from this source of extra income and housing. Our model is unique because we build all of our ADUs offsite which saves substantial time and money compared to ADUs built onsite. And instead of requiring the homeowner to manage a lengthy design, permitting and construction process, Dweller handles the entire process at a fixed, affordable cost to the homeowner.

Two Choices With Dweller

A homeowner can buy directly  from Dweller or enter into a ground lease with Dweller.

Contact Dweller

Finance Your Attached Or Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit ( ADU )

Craft3- a regional nonprofit CDFI that makes loans to strengthen the economic, ecological and family resilience in Oregon and Washington. They lend to established nonprofits and growing and start-up businesses – including those that don’t qualify for traditional loans.

 

Zenbox Design: 2017 Best of Houzz “Customer Service Award”

Zenox-based in Portland was founded by Byron and Jen Danger. The studio’s blend of space design, landscape architecture, interior design, product development, and fabrication offers clients a unique design experience. Zenbox has been involved in a range of projects including custom homes, Portland ADUs, remodels, art installations, landscapes, restaurant/retail, RV and campervan designs.

Meet Bryan and Jen Danger, a couple who quit their jobs in 2012 to live and travel in a van on a quest to “find themselves”. They returned with little money and had no choice but to convert their garage into a home. This life-changing & down-sizing experience led Bryan and Jen to launch Zenbox design, and have since dedicated their lives to planning and designing small homes, also known as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s), for clients looking to down-size and spend less time inside, and more time outside, exploring the world.

Article Source IVY

Finance Your Attached Or Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit ( ADU )

Craft3- a regional nonprofit CDFI that makes loans to strengthen the economic, ecological and family resilience in Oregon and Washington. They lend to established nonprofits and growing and start-up businesses – including those that don’t qualify for traditional loans.

Craft3 Helps Families Of All Income Levels

Craft3  helps  families of all income levels finance energy upgrades, build accessory dwelling units, and replace failing septic systems and aging manufactured homes. From regional offices in Port Angeles, Seattle, Spokane and Walla Walla, Wash., and Astoria, Bend, Klamath Falls and Portland, Ore., Craft3 has invested more than $534 million in Northwest communities.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

 

MyKabin: Premier Builder Of Seattle DADUs

MyKabin: Premier Builder Of Seattle DADUs

Open House Oct. 19th -27th, 2019

Written by Janet Thome

MyKabin- a Seattle-based construction firm specializing in affordable and sustainable, turnkey detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs). MyKabin re imagines the DADU construction process by focusing on creating beautiful, cottages with a minimally disruptive installation process that saves homeowners time, money and the hassle of a lengthy construction project. Handling the process completely from permitting through inspection.

MyKabin removes the headache of hiring and coordinating from the homeowner, while simultaneously guaranteeing an upfront price that’s more affordable than other construction methods. With extensive customizable options and a strong sustainability commitment, MyKabin is the best DADU solution for Seattle-area homeowners.

MyKabin spent almost a year working with the city, engineering every aspect of the design from the foundation to the roof. The time and technology investment allow them to offer an easy, hassle-free, turnkey option for building a backyard cottage at a price most Seattle homeowners can afford.

For Ronnie & Wendy Cunningham, Seattle natives and owners of the newly finished inaugural MyKabin DADU, building a DADU in the backyard of the Madison Valley home bought in 1975 had been a goal for years. But after fourteen months of navigating the city’s permitting process and receiving construction bids of over $300,000, the project seemed to be hitting insurmountable roadblocks. Enter MyKabin.

Open House For MyKabin’s First Seattle DADU

The Cunningham Kabin at 432 31st Ave E will play host to an open house from October 19-27, 2019, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, allowing Seattleites a special up-close & in-cottage view of what a MyKabin build can be. MyKabin team members will be on hand to answer questions and to help visitors search to see if their home is eligible for a DADU.

Article Source Send2Press

Legislation Passed in July To Ease Restrictions On Backyard Cottages And Basements

On July 1, 2019 the Council unanimously passed legislation (Council Bill 119544) that will make it easier for more property owners to build backyard cottages (detached accessory dwelling units or DADUs) and basement units (attached accessory dwelling units or AADUs) and therefore provide more housing options for people living in Seattle.

Legislation

Turnkey, Affordable Options Starting At $110,000

MyKabin

How Big MyKabin?

MyKabin currently offers 3 standard sizes and custom options of DADU/ ADU depending on your need.

Small: 253 sq. ft

Medium: 340 sq. ft

Large: 378 sq. ft

What’s Inside MyKabin?

Each Kabin comes built with a full bathroom, a kitchen with refrigerator, cooktop, and counter space, and a closet that is plumbed and powered for an optional washer dryer. MyKabin handles all permitting, site work, and utility connections so that once installed, your backyard cottage is ready to use.

Can I Customize MyKabin?

We are able to sell Kabins at such a low price by standardizing our construction process. With this said, some things are customizable in our DADUs/ADUs. Owners have the option of deleting the kitchen and/or bathroom and closet for some cost reduction. Owners may also customize colors and certain finishing materials such as flooring and cabinetry materials in their backyard cottage.

What Is The Construction And Installation Process?

Our DADUs/ ADUs are built off site where MyKabin can streamline production, quality control, and achieve efficiency so that we can pass the cost savings on to you. All Kabins are designed to state and city building codes and are engineered to be highly energy efficient. Just prior to delivery MyKabin will come to your property to install a foundation and prepare utility connections for your backyard cottage. Once your Kabin is complete and your backyard is ready, your DADU/ ADU will be delivered to your property by truck and then lifted by crane into your backyard. Foundation and utility connections will be completed and finishing touches added. Final installation inspection will be completed by the City and Seattle and then you’ll be ready to move in or rent the unit. MyKabin will manage each step of the process.

Are There Any restrictions On How I Use MyKabin?

The City of Seattle allows DADUs/ ADUs to be used for a wide variety of uses, including AirBnb, monthly rentals and personal uses.

Can I Finance The Purchase Of MyKabin?

Most homeowners in Seattle with verifiable income have enough equity in their primary home to get a home equity line of credit fro a backyard cottage. We have partnered with HomeStreet Bank who has a loan officer familiar with homeowners wishing to finance a MyKabin. While we encourage you to meet with a qualified lending agent to determine your actual cost, the approximate monthly payment on a 20-year line of credit could be $450 per month.

Is My Property Eligible For A Kabin?

Each property is different, so we offer a free assessment of your property’s eligibility for a Kabin. Contact us and we can get started right away!

MYKabin Website

Related: Seattle Desires To Streamline The ADU Process

Seattle Desires To Streamline The ADU Process

Seattle Desires To Streamline The ADU Process

Removing The Barriers For Attached Or Detached ADUs

Written By Janet Thome

In July, the Seattle City Council passed Council Bill 119544 for ADUs, taking away the barriers and making it easier for more property owners to build backyard cottages (detached accessory dwelling units or DADUs) and basement units (attached accessory dwelling units or AADUs) and therefore provide more housing options for people living in Seattle.

What Is An ADU?

Backyard Cottage ADU

An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a separate living space within a house or on the same property as an existing house. These units aren’t legal unless they have been established through a permit process. A legally permitted unit in the home is called an attached accessory dwelling unit (AADU). A legally permitted unit on the property (but not within the home) is called a detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU) or backyard cottage. Tiny houses, with foundations, are considered DADUs.

The Legislation:

  • Reduces the minimum lot size required to build a DADU on a single-family lot from 4,000 square feet to 3,200 square feet;
  • Increase the maximum size of DADUs from 800 square feet to 1,000 square feet, excluding any parking or storage areas;
  • Removes the owner-occupancy requirement for ADUs;
  • Removes the off-street parking requirement for ADUs;
  • Allows two ADUs on one lot (either one attached and one detached, or two attached) if the second ADU meets a green building standard or will be affordable to households at or below 80% of area median income;
  • Increases the maximum household size permitted on a single-family lot from 8 to 12 unrelated people only if the lot includes two ADUs;
  • Increases DADU height limits by 1-3 feet, with flexibility for green building strategies;
  • Allows design flexibility to preserve existing trees and to convert existing accessory structures to a DADU;
  • Require annual reporting on ADU production and requires that the Office of Planning and Community Development and the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections conduct a survey of ADU owners and occupants within 3 years.
  • Introduces a Floor Area Limit (FAR) for all new development in single-family zones with some exemptions (this regulation has a delayed effective date until March 1, 2020);

Accessory Dwelling Unit Webpage

Effective March 1st, 2020

The regulations for accessory dwelling units were updated by Ordinance 125854 and the majority of the requirements are effective as of August 8, 2019. The updated requirements to floor area limits in single-family zones SF5000, SF7200, and SF9600 will be effective on March 1, 2020.

Executive Order To Encourage ADUs.

Mayor Jenny Durkan’s July 2019 Executive Order calls for other actions to encourage accessible and afford-able ADUs. In addition to pre-approved DADU plans, they  are developing an affordable ADU financing option, creating new online tools and resources, and monitoring ADU development annually.

To simplify and streamline permitting, the City is developing pre-approved DADU construction plans that offer a faster, easier, and more predictable design and permitting process.

Public Comments Welcome: Survey Open Until October 19th, 2019

Here’s how it works:1.The  public survey informs design principles and criteria we will use to select plans. 2. They  invite designers and builders to submit DADU designs.3. Permitting staff pre-approve 6-10 plans chosen based on selection criteria.4. Plans become available for homeowners, who can connect with the designer to create a site plan. Homeowners choosing a pre-approved DADU plan get a shorter permit review process and reduced permit fee.

Plans selected for pre-approval will be featured in an online gallery on the City’s ADU website.Why encourage ADUs? ADUs offer Seattle residents several opportunities: »More places to rent in neighborhoods where housing is often unaffordable»For owners, a path to generate income and wealth»Homes meeting the needs of families with children, aging in place, multi generational households, and people with disabilities.

 

The process to create an ADU can sometimes feel complex or intimidating. To simplify and streamline permitting, the City of Seattle is developing pre-approved construction plans for detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs), often called backyard cottages. Using a pre-approved DADU plan will provide a faster, easier, and more predictable design and permitting process.

This fall, we will ask the design community to submit DADU designs that the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) will review and pre-approve. But first, we want to hear your ideas for design principles we should encourage through this process.

This survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will inform how we evaluate the design submissions. Thank you for taking this time to support this process. To learn more, read our summary.

Take The Survey

ADU Fair: Resources For Creating Accessory Dwelling Units: October 19th, 2019

Want to learn more? On October 19, OPCD and other departments will be attending ADU Fair: Resources for creating accessory dwelling units, a free event at Southside Commons from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Come by to learn about ADUs, talk with staff, or even take the survey. You can also email  at DADUplans@seattle.gov, read our summary, and visit the SDCI website on ADUs.

Photo Credit: Clayton Homes

 

United Dwelling-Turn Your Garage Into An ADU

United Dwelling-Turn Your Garage Into An ADU

At No Up Front Cost To You In Los Angeles County

Written By Janet Thome

United Dwelling- Housing Innovation Challenge Winner- partners with homeowners to transform their  garage into an affordable, high-quality home at no cost to you. You’ll receive additional income from monthly rent and an overall increase in your property value. With 236,000 detached two-car garages in LA County, the vision is to convert 3,000 garages to ADUs by 2022.

Winner Of The Los Angeles County Housing Challenge

From among 53 proposals evaluated by a panel of experts, United Dwelling was awarded $1,000,000 for our innovative idea to address the affordable housing crisis.

United Dwelling will use 100% of the award money to offer housing for tenants with lower paying service-oriented careers in fields like public education, healthcare, and social work. They will  achieve this by increasing payments to homeowners up to $500 per month if they accept a tenant with a housing voucher in select neighborhoods.

The New Face A Homelessness

The new face of homelessness are fully employed families and individuals that cannot afford to put a roof over their head. United Dwelling is looking to help the working poor.

How United Dwelling Works

  • Homeowners sign an agreement to lease their garage and receive a portion of the rent United
  • United Dwelling obtains all permits
  • Manages the remodeling process
  • They pay for the conversion
  • They find a vetted tenant
  • Handle all property management

Benefits

  • No upfront cost, No Hassle
  • Licensed contractor, Modative Build Inc.
  • Reliable source of income
  • Increase your property value from $140,000 to $ 200,000
  • Strengthen your community and be a part of the solution

What Is An ADU?

New California state laws allow homeowners to convert their garage or build a new rental home known as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). By transforming your backyard into additional housing, you’re helping making a profound and positive change to your community with the benefits of increasing your property value and building long term equity through rental income.

Governor Gavin Newsom Signs 18 Bills to Boost Housing Production October 9th, 2019

The construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can also help cities meet their housing goals and increase the state’s affordable housing supply. The Governor signed the following bills to eliminate barriers to building ADUs:

  • AB 68 by Assembly member Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) makes major changes to facilitate the development of more ADUs and address barriers to building. The bill reduces barriers to ADU approval and construction, which will increase production of these low-cost, energy-efficient units and add to California’s affordable housing supply
  • AB 881 by Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) removes impediments to ADU construction by restricting local jurisdictions’ permitting criteria, clarifying that ADUs must receive streamlined approval if constructed in existing garages, and eliminating local agencies’ ability to require owner-occupancy for five years.

From the office of Governor Gavin Newsom

United Dwelling FAQ

Founder And CEO

Steven Dietz, previously co-founded Upfront Ventures and spent 30 years as a leading VC investor in Southern California financing and counseling some of the best entrepreneurial talent in the country. Mr. Dietz and his team team funded over 220 start-ups that now employ more than 530,000 people in the US, including 30,000 in LA County alone.  Of those 220 companies multiple have become household names including Costco, Starbucks, Petsmart, Ulta Beauty, Bird, Mitu and Office Depot. Many of these companies rank among the most socially conscious and best places to work in the US.

Call For A Free Consultation 310 853 5936

United Dwelling Website

Symbium Build: Plan Your ADU in Seconds

Symbium Build: Plan Your ADU in Seconds

ADU San Francisco Symbium Build Meetup October 9th, 2019

Written By Janet Thome

Symbium Build- a  Computational Law company, has created a portal that makes it easy for anyone to quickly assess if it is feasible to develop an ADU on any parcel and displays the applicable development standards. The service is available in California.

The Symbium Build portal is a service for homeowners, designers, architects, developers,  planners and city staff  that will streamline the ADU process so that relevant laws and regulations are presented in an easy to understand visual format.

Symbium Build Portal

What are ADUs?

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are known by many names: granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages, secondary units and more. No matter what you call them, ADUs are an innovative, affordable, effective option for adding much-needed housing in California.

Meetup Details

If you love tiny homes and are interested in the accessory dwelling unit ( ADU) movement, join Symbium Build at their inaugural Meetup. Network with tiny home and ADU enthusiasts, homeowners, design professionals. Non alcoholic drinks and snacks will be served.

Address And Time Of Meetup: 5pm to 7pm: October 9th, 2013

149 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, Ca,

Check in with the lobby attendant. Go to the 4th floor. Check in closes at 6pm.

Join The ADU Enthusiasts Group

 Symbium Build Allows

  • Anyone to determine whether a ADU is allowed on a particular property
  • Understand the development standards that apply
  • Understand the ensuing processes to build an ADU
  •  Streamline process for planning an ADU in seconds

Symbium Build Works In Cooperation With Municipalities

San Francisco improves permitting process with online portal to help combat housing crisis,  Symbium’s BUILD portal enables city planners, design professionals, developers, and homeowners in San Francisco to understand whether an accessory dwelling unit (“ADU”) (also known as second units and in-law units) is allowed on a particular parcel, what development standards apply, and the ensuing processes.

Symbium’s BUILD portal also supports commercial business zoning so anyone can instantly visualize where in a jurisdiction a specific business type is allowed.

Symbium In Collaboration With The City Of San Fransisco

California State ADU Legislation

State legislation that took effect January 1, 2017 gave California cities more flexibility and latitude for allowing homeowners to build ADUs. Three separate bills were introduced and signed by Governor Brown; SB 1069 Opens a New Window. (Wieckowski), AB 2299 Opens a New Window. (Bloom), and AB 2406 Opens a New Window. (Thurmond). Each of these land use bills make it easier than ever for homeowners to take advantage of this attractive opportunity.

Opportunity To Bring An ADU Into Compliance

As of January 1, 2019, homeowners who created accessory dwelling units (ADUs) without the required building permits may have the opportunity to bring their ADUs into compliance. For ADUs that were constructed without building permits, local building officials now have the option to inspect an ADU and apply the building standards that were in effect at the time the unit was constructed. This bill: SB 1226 (Bates), adds Section 17958.12 to the California Health and Safety Code Opens a New Window. , and with application of appropriate building codes, may allow issuance of a building permit for the residential unit.

Governor Gavin Newsom Signs 18 Bills to Boost Housing Production October 9th, 2019

The construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can also help cities meet their housing goals and increase the state’s affordable housing supply. The Governor signed the following bills to eliminate barriers to building ADUs:

  • AB 68 by Assembly member Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) makes major changes to facilitate the development of more ADUs and address barriers to building. The bill reduces barriers to ADU approval and construction, which will increase production of these low-cost, energy-efficient units and add to California’s affordable housing supply
  • AB 881 by Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) removes impediments to ADU construction by restricting local jurisdictions’ permitting criteria, clarifying that ADUs must receive streamlined approval if constructed in existing garages, and eliminating local agencies’ ability to require owner-occupancy for five years

From the office of Governor Gavin News

How Does An ADU Fit With My Home?

ADUs can be behind, attached to, inside of, above, or below an existing home.

Related: Rent The Backyard

Rent the Backyard will put an ADU in your backyard at no up front cost to you. More details.

ADU Financing: Craft3

ADU Financing: Craft3

Finance Your Attached Or Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit ( ADU )

Written By Janet Thome

Craft3- a regional nonprofit CDFI that makes loans to strengthen the economic, ecological and family resilience in Oregon and Washington. They lend to established nonprofits and growing and start-up businesses – including those that don’t qualify for traditional loans.

Craft3 Helps Families Of All Income Levels

Craft3  helps  families of all income levels finance energy upgrades, build accessory dwelling units, and replace failing septic systems and aging manufactured homes. From regional offices in Port Angeles, Seattle, Spokane and Walla Walla, Wash., and Astoria, Bend, Klamath Falls and Portland, Ore., Craft3 has invested more than $534 million in Northwest communities.

ADU Loan Features

  • Borrow up to $150,000 for design, permitting and construction
  • Fixed interest rates
  • Reduced rates available for income-qualified applicants
  • Convenient repayment directly from your bank account

Eligibility

  • Residential properties in Portland, Oregon
  • Owner-occupied, single family residence And in the coming months, we hope to expand our ADU Loan beyond Portland. So if you’re living elsewhere in Oregon or in Washington state – we’d still love to grab your info. We’ll keep you in the loop about our activities and use your interest to inform where and when we expand next. Use the same ‘I Want Financing’ button.

How It Works

  1. Develop a project with your builder
  2. Discuss your project with Craft3; get started using the ‘I Want Financing‘ button above
  3. Complete a loan application
  4. Submit your documents
  5. Receive a decision and finalize the design of your project
  6. Sign your loan documents
  7. Build your ADU
  8. Repay through your bank account

ADU Brochure 

More Details About Craft3 

Dweller, An ADU Builder And Craft3 Have A Business Relationship Located in S.E. Portland

Dweller builds and installs accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in a low cost, efficient manner to allow as many homeowners as possible to benefit from this source of extra income and desperately needed housing

Dweller specializes in producing ADUs in an affordable, efficient manner to allow as many homeowners as possible to benefit from this source of extra income and housing. Our model is unique because we build all of our ADUs offsite which saves substantial time and money compared to ADUs built onsite. And instead of requiring the homeowner to manage a lengthy design, permitting and construction process, Dweller handles the entire process at a fixed, affordable cost to the homeowner.

 Dweller ADU is a self-contained living space with the look and feel of a house brought down to small scale. Each Dweller ADU is approximately 450 sq ft. and has a living space, a kitchen with full size appliances, a bathroom and a bedroom. High quality materials with full sized windows and doors are used during the construction of each unit. For the exterior, landscaping to provide privacy between the primary unit and the Dweller ADU is employed.

Two Choices With Dweller

A homeowner can buy directly  from Dweller or enter into a ground lease with Dweller.

Open House Dweller: October 2nd And October 5th

Dweller is hosting two open houses the first week of October: 10/2 from 5:30-7:30pm in SE Portland and 10/5 from 1-3pm in SW Portland. Sign up at dweller.com/contact to receive invite with address.

More Details About Dweller 

Related: Rent The Backyard