Do you like the values of cohousing and shared community resources? Are you a homeowner hoping to create rent-able space on your property, but searching for a compromise between renting an existing room and building a detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in your yard? Or perhaps aging parents are moving in and you'd like to offer more privacy and autonomy for them than a suite within your main home?
If any of these scenarios are appealing, then detached bedrooms may be a solution for your project!
This NE Portland project of ours demonstrates a simple and elegant way for detached bedrooms to create a micro-village on a typical 50 foot by 100 foot lot.
The design features a renovated two-bedroom home that is also a common house for the two new detached bedroom units. The individual living spaces will all have access to common-use facilities including kitchen, baths, interior and exterior gathering places, covered bike parking, and common gardens.
In Portland, detached bedrooms are not considered ADUs (because they lack a kitchen), therefore they are treated as residential additions to your home. This design offers an affordable way to add density to a site with detached living and sleeping structures that can have bathrooms, but no kitchen.