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Backdoor revolution : the definitive guide to ADU development

Author: Kol Peterson
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Accessory Dwelling Strategies, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Accessory Dwelling Units are a form of residential infill housing that are poised to revolutionize housing in the United States. Unlike other urban development trends, this one is being driven by homeowners, not professional developers. Through case studies, expert interviews, firsthand anecdotes, images, and data analysis, Backdoor Revolution reveals the opportunities, challenges, and best practices of ADU  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kol Peterson
ISBN: 9780692053515 0692053514 9780692080443 0692080449
OCLC Number: 1021208263
Notes: "BuildinganADU.com."
Description: x, 357 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I. The homeowner's guide to ADU development --
What is an ADU? : Defining an ADU ; Other terms used for ADUs ; What's in a housing unit? ; Structural forms of ADUs ; The multitude of benefits of ADUs ; Policy goals --
Timeline to design and build : Design and permitting process ; Construction process --
Financing : How ADUs build wealth for their owners ; ADUs as an investment ; Paying off the ADU ; Financing an ADU --
Costs and management of development : What ADUs cost to build ; THe cost of development for your locale ; Fixed coses: small is expensive ; What type of ADU to build ; Large variables that drive costs of construction ; Defraying development costs through sweat equity ; Level of finish ; Salvaging finish materials --
Design principles : Small-space design principles for ADUs ; Design principles for detached ADUs ; ADU design tips and tricks ; Technical issues in basement ADUs --
Income models : Common models for ADU ownership ; Market-rate rentals ; Short-term rentals ; Or do not rent it ; The social relationship of the residents ; Fledgling development models ; ADUs as condos --
Part II. The professional's guide to ADU development : What is distinctive about developing and inducing ADUs ; Amateur homeowner developers ; Asynchronous development ; Faith in government ; The challenge of financing ADUs ; Small business infrastructure ; Flexible use --
Zoning barriers : Poison-pill regulations : Owner-occupancy requirement; Off-street parking requirements; Conditional use ; Prohibitively restrictive development regulations : Property line setbacks; Size limits on ADUs; Minimum lot sizes; Structural forms; Sewer or water connections, development fee costs --
Impacts on a city : Matching housing demographics with housing options ; ADUs as affordable housing ; Impact on neighborhood character ; Parking impacts ; Space efficiency and location efficiency ; The presence of informal ADUs ; The cottage industry economics of ADUs --
Case studies of advancing ADUs in cities : Portland, Oregon ; Vancouver, British Columbia ; Austin, Texas ; Santa Cruz, California --
A pathway for planners and advocates toward more permitted development : Affordable rental housing crunch ; Dominance of single-family residential zoning ; Political leadership ; Regulatory steps to induce ADUs ; Practical roles for advocates ; When financing options come to fruition ; Challenging the flawed history of single-family zoning ; Programs that have not worked --
Civil disobedience and accessory dwellings : The homeowner's perspective ; Work-arounds and loopholes ; Alternatives to ADUs : Detached bedrooms and other accessory structures ; Basement living space and other carve-out in-law suites; Nonhabitable accessory structures; Camping in temporary dwellings; Tiny houses on wheels; Mobile dwellings: RVs, vans, house trucks, and travel trailers; Yurts and tents; Tree houses; Other types of small housing ; Building beautiful is illegal --
Conclusion --
Appendix 1. Administrative aspects of ownership: how utilities, insurance, appraisals, and property taxation work ; Utilities for ADUs ; Separate address ; Insurance ; Appraisals ; Property taxation ; Income taxes --
Appendix 2. History of ADUs : Pestilence ; World War II ; Late 20th century ADU history ; Appendix 3. Synonyms for ADUs --
Appendix 4. Informal ADU studies --
Appendix 5. ADU model code : Accessory Dwelling Unit Model Code ; Miscellaneous topics : Design compatibility ; Impact fees.
Other Titles: Definitive guide to accessory dwelling unit development
Responsibility: Kol Peterson.

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Accessory Dwelling Units are a form of residential infill housing that are poised to revolutionize housing in the United States. Unlike other urban development trends, this one is being driven by homeowners, not professional developers. Through case studies, expert interviews, firsthand anecdotes, images, and data analysis, Backdoor Revolution reveals the opportunities, challenges, and best practices of ADU development for homeowners, including costs, financing, design, zoning barriers, and regulatory loopholes. With sections written for policymakers and small housing advocates, Backdoor Revolution offers insightful analysis and a succinct prescription for solutions to municipal and institutional barriers for ADU development.

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