This one-day housing summit held on November 6, 2015 at Portland State University brought together hundreds of builders, designers, developers, realtors, and homeowners to discuss the environmental, economic, and social benefits of building small and living large.
Alan Durning of the Sightline Institute and Dee Williams of Portland Alternative Dwellings will highlight the power of small spaces to improve individuals' lives and whole cities. These authors and advocates for change will inspire you to join the local and global movement toward creating small and sustainable housing. Durning will offer research-based solutions for housing policy challenges, and Williams will share her compelling personal story of why she down-sized into a house the size of a parking spot and has lived there for ten years. Both Durning and Williams provide insight about how personal choices can inform broader community action, and how positive change really does begin at home. CLICK HERE TO VIEW A VIDEO OF THE 2015 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
There are many ways to live large on a small footprint. This session discusses ways to live large by flourishing in harmony with nature. Using sun and rain wisely can propel even compact houses to net-zero. Three experts in the field of net zero energy, water and financing will discuss how to design, build and finance small homes that harvest all of their own energy and water, and process their own nutrients to truly live sustainably and within an equitable share of earth’s carrying capacity.
Moderator: David Burdick, Earth Harmony Habitats
Stephen Aiguier, Green Hammer (Click here to view: Net Zero Energy Buildings)
Pat Lando, Lando and Associates (Click here to view: Net Zero Challenges and Opportunities)
Brad Hippert, Equity Atlas (Click here to view: Small Home Financing)
The small house movement is rapidly gaining popularity for economic, social, and environmental reasons. This session will help attendees navigate small housing options by comparing the pros and cons of the legal, financial, design and building processes of three popular types of small housing: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), tiny houses on wheels, and cluster communities. Expert presenters will offer case studies, share their own experiences of building and living in small spaces, and answer audience questions.
Moderator: Deb Delman, Caravan Tiny House Hotel
Kol Peterson, Accessory Dwelling Strategies, LLC,
Dee Williams, PAD Tiny Houses,
Eli Spevak, Orange Splot, LLC
Click here to view: What Type of Small is for You - Dee Williams, Kol Peterson, Deb Delman
Click Here to view: Cottage Clusters - Eli Spevak
The rapid and unprecedented aging of our population (we are all aging!) is one trend that is expected to shape our housing stock. From accessible, accessory dwelling units to walkable, urban neighborhoods, Boomers and Millennials are reshaping the traditional concept of suburban single family living and may be ready to break from Peter Pan Housing (homes designed for eternally able-bodied). Who are these buyers? Where are they looking and what are they looking for? Learn where regional housing trends are heading from this panel of housing and population experts who will outline supply vs. demand issues and other housing trends based on direct market experience.
Moderator: David Todd, Living Room Realty
Alan DeLaTorre, Portland State University Institute on Aging (Click here to view: Emerging Trends for Older Adults)
Charles Rynerson, Portland State University Population Research Center (Click here to view: Household Demographics)
Jenelle Isaascson, Living Room Realty (Click here to view: Beyond Peter Pan Housing)
One challenge of crafting both policies and designs for compact housing is assessing what works at smaller scales, and what doesn’t. How do we downsize or create compact, in-fill housing while maintaining a high quality of life? Going beyond “suggestions for small spaces,” this session shares an organized set of principles and design patterns that are critical for doing more with less space. This panel discussion will draw from research, post-occupancy evaluations, interviews, and lessons learned from three scales of small homes: tiny houses, ADU’s, and cottage clusters.
Although demand is growing for small homes and creative residential developments, there are sometimes regulatory barriers to innovative, space-efficient housing options. Our panel of experts brings a wide range of experience with the very latest solutions in small housing policy, from affordable housing advocacy to regulations pertaining to tiny houses on wheels. This “fishbowl” style panel will acknowledge regulatory roadblocks to small housing, share how successful projects navigated those challenges, and brainstorm policy changes to help small housing options flourish.
Moderator: Lina Menard, Niche Consulting
Liz Getty, Urban Nest Realty
Rachel Ginis, Lilypad Homes
Jean-Pierre Veillet, Siteworks
Danell Norby, City of Vancouver, Washington
Eli Spevak, Orange Splot
Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on your property can be a way for homeowners to gain rental income, or give family members more independent space. This session introduces some of the information that you need to become a “land developer” on a residential property – the ADU zoning, permitting, costs, financing, and other resources. The content is Portland-focused, but will be useful for any attendee who aspires to build an ADU and wants to better understand the process. We'll have ample Q+A to help homeowners contextualize the regulations as they apply to your site, and to lay out individual financing scenarios.
Kol Peterson, Accessory Dwelling Strategies, LLC
Vince Kingston, Eagle Home Mortgage (Click here to view: Financing ADUs)
Travelers are increasingly seeking out peer-to-peer lodging options when visiting different cities to have a more personal and local travel experience, so renting out an accessory dwelling unit on a nightly or weekly basis is a new way to benefit from the growing “sharing economy” while adding flexibility to the unit. Learn about taking a unit online, regulatory considerations, and the challenges and benefits of having a short-term rental unit.
Moderator: Shawn Wood, City of Portland
Bryan Danger, Zenbox Design
Candace Kramer, Windermere Stellar
Julia Bernstein, Airbnb Host
Sandra Wood, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City of Portland
Click here to view: ADUs as Short Term Rentals
Tiny houses provide a balance of affordability, efficiency, and flexibility that is unheard of in traditional affordable housing projects. This session shares two successful tiny house communities for previously homeless residents and how they formed. The two presenters will describe the steps they took to locate a site for their community, and then design and build tiny houses that provide residents with independent and self-governed transitional housing.
Moderator: Bryce Jacobson, Metro
Traditional ‘cottage clusters’ and ‘pocket neighborhoods’ are resurfacing as a development type that attracts residents of all ages. The presenters will share lessons learned from over a decade of launching cluster communities of small homes in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Following a quick introduction to community-oriented design strategies, they’ll dive deep into more advanced topics including: land use, legal and financial structures; mixed-income communities; ‘meeting-light’ design; creative development processes; and ways to successfully embed new communities within existing neighborhoods.
Mark Lakeman, Communitecture (Click here to view: Communitecture)
Eli Spevak, Orange Splot, LLC (Click here to view: Nestled in Community)
Ross Chapin, Ross Chapin Architects (Click here to view: Courtyard Clusters)
The “Best of Small” Design Slam will highlight the most space efficient and beautiful designs being built today. The top designers and efficiency experts in the region and beyond will be showing off their best works in this fast-paced hour of inspiration and imagery. Stick around for the Hospitality Hour and meet the experts. You’ll see what is possible and leave dreaming about building small and living large!
Click here to view: Best of Small Design Slam 2015
Derin Williams, Shelter Wise, LLC
Alec Dakers and Mark Leasor, Rainbow Valley Construction
Mark Lakeman, Communitecture
Dylan Lamar, Green Hammer
Ross Chapin, Ross Chapin Architects
NOV 07-08 2015
Make a Weekend of it! (Separate Registration Required for these events)
Are you dreaming of building your own tiny house on wheels but don't know where to start? If so, join us for this two-day fun intensive workshop taught by tiny house Pioneer, Dee Williams. You’ll learn how to secure a house to a trailer, utility system design options, and how to cultivate a place to call "home." Let us help you build the life you dream! Space is limited so register today! A great follow up to the Build Small Summit! (Separate Registration is Required for this event)
Are you interested in learning more about ADUs and meet the homeowners, builders, and designers who built them? This tour will feature a self-guided tour of ADUs across the City of Portland. A great follow up to the Build Small Summit! (Separate Registration is Required for this event)