ADU's: living large in small spaces
An ADU is defined as having a second small dwelling right on the same grounds (or attached to) your regular single-family house. Typically these take on the form of an apartment over the garage, a tiny house on a foundation in the backyard, or a basement apartment. The rules vary by jurisdiction, but typically these buildings are required to be less than 800 square feet or a percentage of the existing home's area. Sometimes people design and build their ADU with the purpose of moving into it themselves and then renting out their main home. If you're thinking about taking the leap and building an ADU on your property consider visiting some examples to make sure you are comfortable with downsizing. Many cities have ADU tours, such as Portland's annual Build Small, Live Large Tour in September. Take a look at some creative ways people have incorporated small living into their lives.