The big world of small living is coming to Clark County this weekend, with the first ever Tiny House Living Festival bringing tiny homes and workshops to the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds through Sept. 16.
Just like people, houses get old. The ’70s were a popular time to build in Clark County, and it’s no surprise that many homes built then need repairs. However, the biggest building boom was in the ’90s, and the city of Vancouver is starting to help homeowners fix up their homes built in that decade.
It’s a common strategy, according to General Manager Mike McLeod, for a hotel like the Hilton Vancouver Washington to look more fervently to book conventions and large events when competition is on the rise. The hope is to fill rooms with event attendees.
After Dmitriy Manzhura spent about a decade building houses and accessory dwelling units in Seattle, his cousin Ed Gavrish told him Vancouver needed more rentals. So, Manzhura bought a lot on Washington Street in the Carter Park neighborhood that used to be part of the parking lot at First Baptist Church.
On a sunny Monday afternoon, Joanne Quinn was tilling and reseeding her front lawn in the Hough neighborhood. When she decided to have an accessory dwelling unit built she didn’t know contractors would have to dig a trench in the yard to lay a new water pipe. The ADU, which is stacked on top of a garage behind her house, also couldn’t be connected to overhead power lines. Putting in an underground transformer required an easement.
Researchers and students at Portland State University are tackling different sides of Portland’s housing crisis and the ways ADUs could be part of the solution. The university will host a mini-conference in the fall, “Build Small Live Large.”