The Build Small Lecture Series


The Build Small Lecture Series: Educating and Connecting the Small Home Community

April-June, 2016
The Northwest Woodworking Studio
1002 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Are you interested in tiny houses on wheels, Accessory Dwelling Units or creating a community in your own back yard? The Build Small Lecture Series is where you can learn how to create a home that works for your life and your budget. In four sessions, expert speakers will demystify the most popular types of small homes, tell you how to design, build and finance them, and explain the legal, zoning and code requirements you need to know.

The series will help you clarify your interests, navigate your options, and meet the people who can help you move your dream home forward. Each session features experts in the small home movement and some of the most creative and inspiring case studies out there – many of which are right here in the Portland area. Network with experts and like-minded friends, get practical information that applies to you, and discover the resources that will take you forward!

Space is limited, so register now! Registration is $20 per event, and includes light snacks, beer for those 21 and over, and an expert overview on small housing.


Creating Community with Small Housing on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Mark Lakeman, Communitecture
One of the most important things about home is who you share it with. How can you mix and match different small housing types to creatively share property and resources with friends and family? See real examples of DIY pocket communities made with homes on wheels and ADUs, cohousing communities, and more.

Register for Creating Community with Small Housing


What Type of Small Is For You? on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Dee Williams, PAD Tiny Houses and Deb Delman, Caravan Tiny House Hotel
“Tiny house” means many things to many people, but there are important differences behind Portland’s popular small home types that can be hard to puzzle out. Learn the fundamental pros, cons, legalities, and costs for building a tiny house on wheels, a backyard cottage, and other types of small homes, and figure out the path that’s best suited for you.

Intro to Tiny Houses on Wheels on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Dee Williams, PAD Tiny Houses and Derin Williams, Shelter Wise
Are you interested in building or buying a home on wheels? Find out what works and what doesn’t when building, moving, parking and living in a 200 square foot house. Learn how to choose a knowledgeable builder or become one yourself, discover the codes and regulations you’ll have to navigate, and prepare to find parking and a place to call home.

Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit on Your Property on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Kol Peterson, Accessory Dwelling Strategies, Annie Rose Shapero, Urban Next Realty, and Willie Dean, Ground Up Design Works,
Backyard cottages, mother-in-law units and basement apartments are all types of Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs, which can provide existing homeowners with rental income and flexible housing options. Get an overview of the design/permit/build process, learn about financing options, and see examples of what’s possible when you add extra housing on your lot.

The Build Small Lecture Series is Brought to You By PAD Tiny Houses in Partnership with Our Great Sponsors:



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