Here is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) MSA has been hard at work on for the past few months.

The ADU is 800SF (maximum size allowed) and is located in between an existing one story home and a storage shed on a standard SE Portland lot.  The lower floor is an open floor plan living, dining, and kitchen with a separate bedroom and bathroom on the north end.  A space efficient spiral stair leads to the second floor which will serve as an office space with possibility for future conversion to an additional bedroom and bathroom.  From the office space, a door leads from the second floor to a deck / porch facing west allowing views towards downtown and evening sunsets.

ADU’s are required to mimic the existing house so the predominant roof pitch was set to 4/12, the lap siding exposure is set to match, and many of the trim details were derived from the existing home.

The initial schematic design for the project was done by Ellen Fortin Design, MSA was tasked with taking the project from there through design development and it is currently in for permit.  The structural engineer is Adam Rolin of AG Rolin Consulting Structural Engineering.  Construction will likely begin this summer.

The City of Portland has a moratorium on system development charges (SDC’s) which can save $10,000 or more in permit fees so if you’re thinking of building an ADU now is the time to get started.

BTW….more updates coming soon including a very exciting project on MSA’s desk plus some recent travels documented for upcoming posts.  Stay tuned.