Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Backdoor Revolution- The ADU Book

In 2010, when I started this blog, I had no idea it was going to lead to this.

But today, I'm proud to release a book into the world called Backdoor Revolution-The Definitive Guide to ADU Development. It has taken me 2.5 years to write-a labor of love.

The trajectory of this ADU book began with this lowly blog.

This blog translated into a class.

That class eventually made me realize there was a need for other homeowners who weren't in Portland, to be able to accces information about how to develop an ADU.

Then, in editing AccessoryDwellings.org, which I started with two other ADU afficianados in 2012, I began to pay attention to the bigger ADU trends, or lack thereof, outside of just a small handful of cities in the country.

I witnessed city after city floundering in its regulatory attempts to foster ADUs. I knew what they were doing wrong, but who was I to tell them so. Eventually, seeing this pattern of failure made me fed up. That's when I knew it was time to write a book.

This book is an attempt to help those who want to help themselves. It is not an attempt to convince others of the merits of ADUs. It is an attempt to help those who are already convinced of the merits of ADUs, to actually build one.

It is simultaneously an attempt to help cities who are hitting their heads against the wall with futile effort to induce more ADUs. It is not an attempt to convince cities that they should foster ADUs. Rather, it is an attempt to help cities and ADU advocates to accomplish their aspirations of fostering more ADUs.

If this describes you, you will get great value from reading this book. You can buy the ADU book here

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