Video: Accessory Dwelling Units – Take the First Step

Here is an excellent video by the Oregon DEQ about building Accessory Dwelling Units or “Granny Flats.” It offers lots of great reasons to build an ADU on your property, either for rental income, relatives to live in or visit, or even to move into yourself as you rent out your main house. We have been designing many of these projects over the past couple years and think they are a fantastic way to increase the value of your property, bring in supplemental income and creating sustainable, affordable housing stock in our wonderful Portland neighborhoods.

You can check out our previous post titled: A Design Guide to Portland ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) –

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Lents Story Yard Grand Opening

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Monday August 18th saw the grand opening of Lents Story Yard, Propel Studio’s first public project. Over 100 Lents community members and business owners converged on the site to celebrate with us. With a grant provided by the Portland Development Commission, and collaborating with ROSE Community Development and photographer Dawn DeAno we turned a vacant lot in Lents Town Center into a community asset. We utilized gabion baskets to build walls that defined space, paths, and supported the photography exhibit, and wood benches. A stage was located in the center of the site and we hope it will be activated throughout the next 18 months by local community groups and neighbors. Tis project is a great example of our dedication to Pubic Interest Design. We believe architects have the ability and responsibility to improve our communities and quality of life. We take this responsibility seriously and are looking for new opportunities to collaborate with communities on projects like this. If you want more information about the photography exhibit, or would like to hold an event at the site, visit the website


– Portland Development Commission
– Regional Arts and Culture Council
– The Kinsman Foundation
– Lents Grown
– Dawn DeAno Photography
– Portland Youth Builders
– Lents International Farmers Market
– Mt. Scott Fuel Co
– Pro Photo Supply

To see the project page with renderings and more information go here:

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