The Art, Science,
& Spirit of Creating
ADU+YOU is a hands-on, multi-session course carefully designed to help you understand why building an ADU may be a smart decision. You can have one sooner than you might think.
Every ADU has its own story about why someone dreamed, decided, solved the money puzzle, then built. If you know what is most important before you commit to build, you save money, headaches, and, best of all, time. This course is for practical people like you who are wondering, thinking, or planning for their future, that of family and friends, and who care about their community.
The Money Puzzle
A critical big piece of the puzzle that most successful ADU builders face is “the money question.” There is no magic formula because there are many different options - some you might know about, others you may soon discover. Most often, several sources of money are combined to complete construction. Fear about money stops many people from even thinking about how an ADU might change their lives, help family, and provide income. It is a puzzle but if you are clear at the beginning about why you want to do an ADU, the puzzle gets easier to solve.
What to expect
Together with a cohort of 8-10 other individuals or couples, we’ll work through a series of exercises, reflections, and conversations to solidify your intentions and empower you to move forward. In our experience, investing time and energy to establish goals and intentions early in the process saves time and money in the long-run.
We will have guest experts ready to address your questions. They include owners, builders, bankers, and architects.
You will have homework. This isn’t busy work. It’s work that you, your designer, or builder will have to do before or during building. If you do it now, in advance, you save money and time later; you may also be ready to build sooner.
When will we meet?
We will set sessions based on the schedules of participants (so bring your calendar to the first session). We want to make the times work for everyone, so don’t let a scheduling conflict get in your way.
We will meet weekday evenings from about 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. eight times over a three-month period at a convenient location in northeast Portland. We also plan at least one weekend day visiting ADUs and meeting with their owner/builders.