After living in a 200 square foot apartment in Japan for 3 years, I fell in love with small space design and maximizing the value of a small property. When every inch matters, living becomes a much more thoughtful activity.
Moving back from Japan I found an amazing modern apartment that made me happy every time I came home. Its huge windows and high ceilings made me forget about the middle of the road features and while my counter tops were formica, my beautiful living space still felt luxurious. I realized that design is more important than money when it comes to making people happy with their surroundings.
I also started noticing all the unused space we as Americans have in our homes and on our properties. ADUs (accessory dwelling units) started to fascinate me with their ability to increase urban density and bring individual options to our lives. I started project managing ADUs in the San Francisco Bay Area and learned a ton about why people build them, how they are designed, how much they cost to build, and how happy people are when they have them.
Now I'm in Portland, one of the ADU capitals of the country, helping people who might have taken a different path but have ended up in the same place I am, which is realizing how much potential we have to improve our lives with the home we already own. I built my first basement ADU for myself in 2014 and have since built a portfolio of properties with them. It's a dream come true to help people with their ADUs and watch their lives open up with freedom and opportunities that didn't exist before.