Despite all their prior knowledge and experience as owners of a construction firm, Better Builders of Oregon, for over 30 years, Jerry and Terri knew they still had homework to do. They began by reviewing zoning rules and researching materials before drawing up different layouts and design options themselves. Terri and Jerry also made sure they had their long-term goals in place before venturing too far into the design process.
Their vision? An age-in-place ADU that provided ease of maintenance and livability, while also tying in their love of the outdoors. With their experience in construction, let’s just say that this ADU did not disappoint!
This 1 bed, 1 bath ADU has quite the green thumb! The 799-square-foot floor plan is open and fluid, allowing the outdoors to mingle with the indoors. Seeing as this was one of the most important design aspects for the couple, it’s no wonder they admit to frequently keeping their doors open to take advantage of Portland’s summer weather! They also included a private courtyard blooming with greenery to continue pursuing their mutual hobby of all things gardening.
But that’s not the only way this ADU went green! To achieve the ease of maintenance and livability that they desired, they made sure to include energy-efficient, green design features, such as radiant floor heating, solar array, low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints, and an insulating concrete form (ICF) wall system. Like Terri and Jerry, we love to see smart and sustainable design choices!
Hot tip: Plan your ADU around your long-term goals. For Terri and Jerry, this meant designing their ADU with their particular lifestyle in mind. By employing a single-story, self-sufficient, and outdoors-oriented design, they can fully maximize their ADU for years to come, whether they’re retiring at home or adventuring abroad!