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Accessory Dwelling Unit Academy

METRO 600 NE Grand Ave Portland OR 97232

Friday, June 21 2019, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM


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About Accessory Dwelling Academy

Accessory Dwelling Academy is an event for ADU industry professionals. ADUs are a recently re-emerging housing phenomena with many distinctive development elements. 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.

This inaugural Academy is being held on the same weekend as the ADU Tour and The ADU Class for Homeowners.

An outline of the core Academy topics that attendees will learn:


  • Exterior Design
  • Interior Design
  • Client Services
  • Typical costs
  • Small Space Psychology
  • Case Studies


  • Working on site with homeowners
  • Design/build process
  • Setting expectations
  • Specializations: Garage conversions, basement conversions, internal ADUs
  • Potential Shared assets
  • Utilities

Real Estate

  • ADU Overview
  • Market for ADUs
  • Understanding ADU potential
  • Consulting
  • Zoning entitlements
  • Consulting with Prospective Clients
  • Investors/Homeowner as developer
  • Lot line partitions
  • Development models
  • Condoization


  • ADU Costs
  • How we finance ADUs
  • Alternative Financing Options
  • Loan Options
  • Finding the right ADU funding Option for your Client


  • Overview
  • Appraisal Theory
  • What makes ADU appraisals different and challenging
  • Techniques to valuing homes with ADUs