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Here is the Vals ADU which has been on the MSA desk since the beginning of the year.  The building permit was approved a few weeks ago and it is currently under construction.

It is an 750SF Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and is located behind an existing 1926 bungalow in SE Portland.  The ADU was placed at the back of the lot, and massed as an L-shape to wrap around an existing curly willow tree on the lot.

The main floor contains a covered fronch porch, mud room at the entry (essential for pacific northwest winters), a open floor plan living, dining, and kitchen with vaulted ceiling, and on the north end the main bedroom, walk-in closet, and full bathroom. A space efficient spiral stair leads to the second floor loft to be used as an office space on the east side, and a space on the south end for storage or future use as a second bedroom.

ADU’s are required by the City of Portland to mimic the existing house (a ‘mini me’ they like to call it) so the proportions, predominant roof pitch, lap siding exposure, and many of the trim details were derived from the existing home.

The Structural Engineer during design was Adam Rolin from AG Rolin Consulting Structural Engineering and the General Contractor is James Small of Earth Bridge Homes.