Blog Stories The Accessory Dwelling Revolution

The Accessory Dwelling Revolution

By Andy Meeks, February 16, 2018

Kol Peterson, a Portland-based and nationally renowned expert on accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, was recently featured in the The Atlantic describing the rise in popularity of these housing options and the value they can add to a home, as well as how they can increase affordable housing stock. I attended a day-long workshop by Kol in December and it was a great learning experience.

You’ve likely seen ADUs around town – whether stand-alone units, garage conversions, or conventional additions. ADUs can add significant value to a property by creating potential short- or long-term rental units that can provide steady cash flow. Homes with ADUs already built command a premium on resale, and infill policies in Portland continue to support this style of housing.

If you’re looking for more flexibility with your housing options, including supplemental income or live/work spaces, ADUs are a fantastic option to consider.

Kol just released a new book called Backdoor Revolution last month, and he offers another day-long workshop on April 21st in NE Portland. Learn more HERE.


Andy Meeks

Earth Advantage Broker

My clients are always my top priority, and my singular focus is to help them achieve their goals efficiently and effectively. This is the intention I set every day, and how I define success. As a trained and licensed attorney, I lead with a sharp attention to detail, a keen ear and focused voice, and an unwavering commitment to integrity, transparency and responsiveness. I’m a passionate advocate and I thrive when helping others succeed, and I’m always available to connect over a cup of coffee to learn how I can help make good things happen. Read my client reviews here. The choice to become a real estate broker was a joyful combination of two very different careers. Prior to moving to Portland in 2008, I was an environmental and title closing attorney in Massachustts. Since then, I've served as a program manager and fundraising professional for Portland-based non-profit organizations Friends of Trees, The Freshwater Trust and Ecotrust. While not scouting homes and helping clients, you can find me riding and racing bicycles, digging in the garden, practicing yoga, experimenting in the kitchen, and exploring the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Please let me know how I can help you or someone you know. Thank you!
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