As Portland continues to grow, homeowners in its suburbs are increasingly turning to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to maximize property value, accommodate family needs, and generate rental income. At Shelter Solutions, we have observed several emerging trends in ADU design and construction that reflect the unique needs and preferences of suburban homeowners. Here’s a look at what’s popular in the Portland suburbs.

1. Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Designs

Sustainability is a significant consideration for many homeowners. Eco-friendly ADU designs, featuring energy-efficient appliances, solar panels, and sustainable building materials, are highly sought after. Incorporating green roofs and rainwater harvesting systems are also popular, reflecting a growing trend towards environmentally responsible living.

2. Flexible Multi-Functional Spaces

Homeowners are increasingly looking for flexibility in their ADU designs. Multi-functional spaces that can easily transform from a home office to a guest room, or from a play area to a gym, are in high demand. This trend is driven by the need for versatile living arrangements that can adapt to changing family dynamics and lifestyle needs.

3. Modern and Minimalist Aesthetics

Modern and minimalist designs are dominating the ADU market in the Portland suburbs. Clean lines, open floor plans, and the use of natural light create a spacious and contemporary feel. High-quality finishes and smart home technologies are also integral to these designs, appealing to homeowners who value both aesthetics and functionality.

4. Aging-in-Place Features

As more families consider multigenerational living, ADUs designed with aging-in-place features are becoming popular. These designs often include no-step entries, wider doorways, grab bars, and other accessible features to accommodate elderly family members. This trend ensures that ADUs are not only practical but also safe and comfortable for all ages.

5. Outdoor Living Spaces

In the Portland suburbs, where lot sizes can be more generous, integrating outdoor living spaces into ADU designs is a growing trend. Patios, decks, and landscaped gardens extend the living area and create a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. These additions are perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying the serene suburban environment.

6. Detached ADUs

Detached ADUs, which offer more privacy and independence than attached units, are particularly popular in the suburbs. These units can serve as rental properties, guest houses, or private retreats, providing additional income or living space without infringing on the main house’s footprint. The flexibility and potential for rental income make detached ADUs a preferred choice for many suburban homeowners.

7. Smart Home Integration

Smart home technology is making its way into ADU designs, offering convenience and efficiency. Features such as automated lighting, smart thermostats, and integrated security systems enhance the living experience and appeal to tech-savvy homeowners. These technologies not only improve comfort but also contribute to energy efficiency and home security.

Why Choose Shelter Solutions?

At Shelter Solutions, we specialize in creating custom ADUs that reflect these emerging trends and meet the unique needs of our clients. Our experienced team is dedicated to delivering high-quality, sustainable, and stylish ADUs that enhance property value and living comfort. Our Services Include:
  • Custom Design and Build: Tailored ADU designs that match your vision and lifestyle.
  • Sustainable Construction: Eco-friendly building practices and materials.
  • Aging-in-Place Features: Safe and accessible designs for multigenerational living.
  • Outdoor Integration: Beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces to complement your ADU.

Contact Us Today

Ready to explore the possibilities of adding an ADU to your suburban property? Contact Shelter Solutions today to learn more about our services and how we can help you create the perfect ADU. Embrace the latest ADU trends and enhance your suburban living experience with Shelter Solutions, Portland’s premier ADU builder.