Portland Hills ADU

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A modern ADU in Portland, Oregon by Michael Howells
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A garage ADU in Portland, Oregon

Portland Hills ADU

Garage + Accessory Dwelling Unit

Multigenerational living in SW Portland inspired an efficient above-garage accessory dwelling unit.

The new building was designed to blend seamlessly with the existing (per county regulations). The unit features a generous vaulted living/dining/kitchen space plus a large bedroom, a 3-piece bath and a small laundry/storage room. Its entry off the ground floor is independent of the garage and provides a space for taking off shoes and coats. Ample windows maximize the setting, with its particularly beautiful views of mature neighborhood trees.

A modern garage ADU in Portland, Oregon by architect Michael Howells

Rooms with a view

The ADU makes the most of its location on the property, with views of mature trees from the living room and bedroom.

A modern ADU in Portland, Oregon by architect Michael Howells

Bright + simple

Budget-friendly finishes and fixtures include pre-engineered wood floors and solid-surface countertops.

Clean + open

Clean + open

Instead of a range hood, we opted for integral downdraft, preserving the open connection to the living room—and views beyond.

Double the function

Double the function

A new double garage beneath the ADU provides parking, and room for a separate entrance to the living unit.

General Contractor: Hamish Murray Construction

Photographer: KuDa Photography