Legal Tiny Garden Cottages in Portland Backyard

“In late July 2008, we built two garden cottages to the side of a little house at the rear of a 50′x100′ residential lot in NE Portland. These tiny homes are “detached accessory structures” and are fully permitted through the City of Portland. Each is 12′x14′ and has a front porch, bathroom with shower, and loft.

   The existing house is quite small – just 526 sf on the main level with a 200 sf bedroom in the attic and a full basement. All residents can share the kitchen in the primary house. Most importantly, this development plan preserves the entire front 55′ of the property for gardening and fruit trees!”

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About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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