ADU Architect Los Angeles

Our Expert Team Will Help You Build an ADU in Los Angeles

At Ten Seventy Architecture, we're known for assisting those who love modern and minimalist architecture in tackling the challenges of building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in Los Angeles. Our approach combines a proven process with cutting-edge technology to enhance our clients' lives with exceptional, functional designs.

A Unique Process for Building ADUs in Los Angeles County

Accessory dwelling units are becoming more and more popular among homeowners and property investors. It's a smart move to upgrade your living space or earn rental income.

And we get it, the planning phase can be overwhelming with a lot to think about, like your lot's size and orientation. Don't worry, we're here to help you navigate every decision, whether it's integrating an ADU into your current or future home, or going with a detached unit.

Simply share your vision and goals, and we will handle the rest, from design to securing permits and completing construction. Our expertise lies in creating innovative ADUs while expertly navigating Los Angeles’s complex building codes to add extra value to each project.

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Benefits + Key Features of Our Los Angeles ADUs

With over 10 years of experience creating dream homes in the Los Angeles region, we can customize designs to match your specific needs and goals.

Custom High-End Modern + Minimalist Design

At Ten Seventy Architecture, we understand the importance of a uniquely designed ADU. We take pride in reflecting your personal style and aesthetic preferences.

ADUs are gaining popularity in Los Angeles and Southern California, and our designs aim to incorporate high-end elements that will elevate your home's appeal and functionality, leaving a lasting impression on your neighborhood.

Our expert team is here to help you create the perfect ADU for your lot. We'll present personalized options that add extra design value.

And don't forget to embrace Southern California's lifestyle with stunning outdoor spaces like balconies and patios. We're committed to making your dream ADU a reality, hassle-free.
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Build An Accessory Dwelling Unit With Our ADU Design Process

Finding the perfect ADU architect in Los Angeles is key to making your project a success. When you work with our modern architecture studio, we'll turn your ideas and goals into an actionable plan.

Our all-in-one design and build process takes care of everything, from creating designs to getting permits and partnering with top contractors and engineers. Plus, we use cutting-edge 3D design and rendering software to give you a virtual walkthrough of your ADU before we even start construction.

Your input is crucial every step of the way, and we make sure to incorporate your feedback before finalizing the blueprint. With our approach, we can speed up the project and avoid any unnecessary delays, fees, or frustrations.
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Pre-Approved ADU Plans for a Smooth Los Angeles Build

Ten Seventy Architecture offers a wide range of pre-approved Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) plans to expedite the design and building stages, ensuring a seamless process. Our meticulously crafted designs merge affordability, modernity, and minimalism, presenting you with an array of options that perfectly align with your style and preferences.

Beyond just reducing the standard timeline, these pre-designed and pre-approved plans offer unparalleled flexibility, allowing you to tailor and personalize every aspect to suit any suitable Los Angeles lot. Benefit from our expertise and bring your dream ADU to life with Ten Seventy Architecture.

The best ADU architect in Los Angeles should have extensive experience with the design and build workflow. Our team’s recent ventures into self-funded ADU projects provide us with advanced insights into local building regulations, which we gladly share with our clients.
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Explore Our Portfolio of ADUs + Garage Conversions

Seeking inspiration for your project? With over a decade of experience, our studio has assisted clients in creating modern and minimalist ADUs in Los Angeles, including self-funded projects like the Prince House.

The Prince House

42nd Street ADU

Ticonderoga ADU

Main Street Development

The Everett ADUs

The Kenosha Residence

Casitas Harrison

10+ Years of Experience Building ADUs and Granny Flats in Los Angeles

Our experienced and dedicated team is here to guide you through every step of the process, from planning to construction, to help transform your Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) dreams into a tangible reality that exceeds your expectations.

Founder / Principal Architect

Sean Canning

Sean is an award-winning architectural graduate of NJIT, where he studied architecture + industrial design. He relocated to San Diego in 2009 to open the boutique architecture studio, Ten Seventy Architecture, focussing predominantly on modern, minimalist, + creative architecture. Sean has received numerous accolades for his innovative designs in modern furniture.

  • California Registered Architect

  • LEED Accredited Professional

  • Bachelor of Architecture (NJIT)

  • Certification in Project Management (SDSU)

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Project Manager / Permit Specialist

Margaret Canning

Margaret is also a graduate of NJIT, where she studied architecture + civil engineering. She relocated to San Diego in 2010 working at a LEED consulting firm before taking a job as a project manager in San Diego’s permit office for 5 years. Later she brought her skillset to Ten Seventy Architecture where she manages projects + permitting.

  • LEED Accredited Professional

  • Bachelor of Architecture (NJIT)

  • Masters of Civil Engineering (NJIT)

  • Certification in Project Management (SDSU)

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Architectural Designer

Jen-Ni Lin

Jen-Ni is our Architectural Designer who works on projects which require greater graphic illustration. She works on our aesthetic commercial projects as well as small modern ADU projects that require tight planning and out-of-the-box thinking. Jen-Ni is a talented designer who can develop good ideas into beautiful architecture.  

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Architectural Designer

Nolan Delgado

Nolan is the team’s Architectural Designer who works on custom residential projects which require the highest level of attention to detail. He has worked to refine our 3D printed study models as well as build templated architectural processes. Nolan brings a modernists rational to our projects.  

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Architectural Designer

Shenzhou Dai

Shenzhou (Joe) is one of our most detail-oriented Architectural Designers. With a degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, Shenzhou's work is highly aesthetic while conscious of appropriate + efficient building materials.

“Ten Seventy Architecture was the architect for my wife and I's home in Mission Hills, CA. Sean went out of his way to provide a clear process from start to completion. Sean listened to our ideas and had even better ones for us to review and approve. I highly recommend this company for residential architecture.”

Curtis P.

“Sean and Margaret have one of the best teams in town. They gave wonderful ideas and took the time to listen to my ideas. All of the plan designs were done according to schedule and they always responded to my calls or emails. If you want a professional who is on time and truly cares about your project, look no further and hire them!”

Valerie O.

"Sean is the guy if you are looking for a San Diego architect. I was referred to him via a mutual business connection, and couldn't be happier with his work...The final product was phenomenal. I could not be happier. His work was not only exactly what I was looking for, but he did it in a timely fashion."

Alexandra G.

"An element we loved about Sean was his ability to see creatively from the very beginning. And I can tell you that when we walked out of the meeting with Sean, we both looked at each other and said: “That’s the guy we want” And we’ve had no regrets ever since."

Tom R.

"Ten Seventy Architecture is very easy to work with. They ask the right questions and take your needs into account when designing and are able to produce layouts that are functional. Their team is knowledgeable, creative and spot on. I always look forward to working on projects with them, it’s a collaborative effort from start to finish. Keep designing smart."

Brenda W.

"I worked with Sean in the renovation of my East Village house that is 100 years old. He is very easy to get along with, very knowledgeable and professional. He is skilled in creating small but creative and functional spaces and he is practical in solutions. We have another project now and we would like to work with him again."

Sonya O.

"Sean Canning is an amazing architect.  As a landscape designer I have been on 2 projects transformed by his extraordinary design expertise. You should call 1070 Architecture if you desire a vision for your home beyond anything you could have anticipated."

Brookside Lanscape Design

"Working with the Ten Seventy Architecture team has been excellent. They have worked on various projects with us from our San Diego Penthouse to our Warehouse space. They are very professional and just as importantly, very creative."

Victor N.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Architectural Styles Do You Work In?

Our team of Los Angeles architects specialize in modern + minimalist architectural design and interior design. On occasion, we work in other styles such as contemporary, prairie style, craftsman, or traditional architecture design.

What does Your design + permitting approach encompass?

Our integrated approach to design and remodeling combines a unique design + permitting process. From the initial conceptual phase to obtaining necessary permits, we manage your ADU building project. This ensures a smooth and streamlined process, minimizes delays, and maintains exceptional consistency in design and execution.

Do you offer both interior and exterior design and construction in Los Angeles?

Indeed, our architecture firm in Los Angeles provides comprehensive architectural design services, catering to both your interior and exterior requirements with proficiency.

How Much Do Permits Cost In Los Angeles?

Building permits are fees charged by municipalities and can vary significantly. Also note that new homes may be subject to additional fees imposed by the local government for the impact on the community.

Do you design Landscape Projects?

Yes! Whether you're working on a residential or commercial landscape project, we're delighted to lend our expertise in landscape design. Our team has a wealth of experience, particularly in designing commercial tenant improvement projects over the past ten years. Don't hesitate to reach out if you need any assistance with your commercial project – we're here to help you every step of the way.

Do You Offer Virtual Architecture Consultations?

Absolutely! If you're keen on a virtual consultation with one of our talented architects in CA to delve deeper into our outstanding architectural services, signing up is a breeze! Just fill out the form at the bottom of this page, and we'll promptly coordinate a meeting to discuss your specific requirements.

Do you design ADUs + Granny Flats in California?

Certainly! We have expertise in crafting unique ADUs and would be delighted to design a personalized one just for you. Feel free to reach out regarding our ready-made 1-Bedroom/1-Bathroom ADU option. Integrating an ADU is an extraordinary approach for homeowners to maximize their living space and fully utilize their property.

What areas do you work in?

Our team consists of skilled architects based in Los Angeles and Orange County, allowing us to undertake projects across California. From the breathtaking shores of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach to the scenic landscapes of Laguna Hills and the vibrant city of Los Angeles, we deliver exceptional architectural services throughout the region.

Do you design Commercial Projects?

Absolutely! Our team is composed of highly skilled architects and designers who possess extensive expertise in both residential and commercial projects. With a wealth of experience spanning more than a decade, we have made valuable contributions to numerous successful commercial tenant improvement projects. The opportunity to assist you in your commercial endeavors is truly exciting, as we are dedicated to bringing your vision to life and surpassing your expectations.

What Else Can you Design?

Our team handles a diverse range of projects, specializing in modern and minimalistic design. You have the option to hire our architects, who are skilled in working on a wide variety of projects:

- Floor plans
- Kitchen remodel design
- Interior design
- Bathroom design
- Home office design
- Feasibility studies
- New construction
- Historic restorations
- Residential homes
- Residential projects
- Green buildings
- Structural design
- Residential architecture
- Commercial architecture
- Coastal homes
- Conceptual design
- Residential buildings
- Space planning
- Remodeling services
- Bathroom remodeling
- Second-story additions
- Walk-in closets