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Bring Your Project to Life with a Design-Build Process in San Diego

Ten Seventy Architecture combines a love of modern design, a proven process, and the latest technology to help our clients build incredible new homes and ADUs, as well as additions, remodels, and renovations in the San Diego area.

With a full range of signature services and 10+ years of experience, we use a streamlined design + build process to make your project experience as simple and stress-free as possible.

Design-Bid-Build vs Design-Build: Finding the Right Approach for Your Project

When beginning a home design/construction project, there are two main types of project delivery methods to consider: design-bid-build and design-build. Our team will walk you through the details of both options as you consider which approach best fits your goals + needs.

The design-bid-build is a more traditional method with a three step process. First, the homeowner retains an architect to design their proposed project. These designs are then sent out for a bidding phase. From here, the homeowner selects a general contractor to complete the construction and work as an in-between, translating the project goals to outsource design work to an architect.

The second project delivery method, a design-build, is a more contemporary model with an integrated approach that eliminates the bidding phase. Both the contractor and architect are independently hired by the homeowner and work together to perfect design details before construction begins. This is our recommend project process for all clients.

Our modern architecture studio is here to help regardless of which method is the best fit for your project. Book a complementary consultation with us to get started.

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Key Benefits of the Design-Build Method in San Diego

Planning your San Diego architecture project will begin by choosing a project delivery method: a design-bid-build or a design-build. This important first step will determine how your contractor and architect will work together to bring your project to life. Whatever your goals may be, our team of certified + experienced architects will help you understand the project delivery process from start to finish.

How We Approach Design Build Projects in San Diego

Ten Seventy Architecture recommends that our clients use the design-build method for a seamless + cost efficient experience. With this project delivery method, both the architect and contractor are independently hired and on the same page from the very start. While the architect shapes the design based on project goals and city codes, the contractor consults on project constructability and cost.

This process fosters open and constant communication for an integrated design + construction flow between the architect and contractor. Plus, there's less project management required from the homeowner. And, without the bidding phase of the design-bid-build method, the project can begin faster without rounds of negotiation.
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Types Of Design-Build Projects We Can Help With

Whether you’re interested in building a new home or accessory dwelling unit, creating an addition, or beginning a renovation or remodel, our modern architecture studio is here to help. We recommend using the design-build approach for any home project, as this streamlined method will save you time and money along the way.

Our architects have extensive experience with home projects in the San Diego area. We specialize in building custom homes and ADUs with modern, minimalist + mid-century design and enhancing existing spaces with functional + elevated features. With our knowledge of complex city codes, we'll navigate the permitting process for you.

When you work with our architecture studio, you can rest assured knowing your new space will be custom-tailored to your lifestyle and the process to get there will be stress-free and easier than ever.
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The Benefits Design-Build Offers Your San Diego Home Project

With the design-build method, a homeowner hires an architect and a contractor who will move the project from the design phase to the final construction. Because both parties are independently hired, they are directly aligned with the timeline and budget, and can reduce or increase the scope of the project if needed.

In this workflow, an architect’s design expertise is combined with the contractor’s building know-how to develop a design direction with features and materials that fit the homeowner’s project goals and needs. Additionally, this streamlined process allows them to work together to arrive at less expensive ways to achieve the same high-end design, avoiding delays and unforeseen costs.

Ten Seventy Architecture has 10+ years of experience working with contractors on design-build projects. We look forward to partnering with a professional in your network.
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3 Easy Steps to Begin Your Design-Build Project in San Diego

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Check Out How We've Helped Our Clients with Modern Home Projects

We’ve partnered on some incredible projects with our clients. From custom homes and accessory dwelling units to additions, elevated home renovations, and remodels, we’ve done it all. Check out some of our past projects for inspiration as you begin planning your home project.

Meet the Team at Ten Seventy Architecture

Our team of experienced + certified architects have more than a decade of experience developing modern + functional design for our clients. When you work us, you're getting a team of professionals dedicated to the success of your project.

Founder / Principal Architect

Sean Canning

Sean is a 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 also won various awards for modern furniture he has designed.

  • 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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10+ Years of Experience
Helping Home Owners Build ADUs +Granny Flats

"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.

“5.000 stars. The recent opening of our ophthalmology practice has been a year in the making, and Sean Canning from Ten Seventy Architecture was integral to the successful design and execution of our space.”

Adam D.

“Highly recommend working with Sean, he is a licensed Architect who puts the customer's best interests first. I have worked with Sean on several projects, his thoroughness streamlines the project helping save money and time.”

Curtis P.

A Customized Roadmap to Bring Your Project to Life

As you begin to consider details and shape your home project, we know there’s a significant amount of research and planning to be done. We’ve developed the comprehensive “Dream Home Guide” with our clients in mind. This free resource makes starting your project easier by outlining key steps and specific ways you can save time and money.

Everything You Need to Plan Your Modern Home Project

If you’re beginning a home project, whether big or small, our free Dream Home Guide is a great place to start. This project planning resource was created for people who love modern + minimalist architecture and are looking to build a new home or update their existing space.

Our team of experienced architects developed this guide with over a decade of experience designing, permitting + building modern home projects. Inside this resource, you’ll find an overview of the process, expert money-saving tips, and a simple flowchart that will customize your roadmap to get started. 

This guide will get you up to speed with the entire process of building a new home or redesigning your current space before you consult an architect or contractor. Once you review our Dream Home Guide, you’ll have a strategy to get started on your project, avoiding project delays and unnecessary fees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of building a home addition in Los Angeles

Building a home or room addition in Los Angeles is a great way of adding square footage to your existing home. A room addition can make your home more valuable, both to you and on the market. Whether you need a larger family room, an in-law suite, or a home office, an addition can provide that extra room that improves your whole home.  We can help with every step of the process.

What does the design + permitting approach encompass?

Our integrated design + permitting methodology is a holistic approach where we manage your project from its conceptual phase right through to obtaining necessary permits. This ensures a streamlined, cohesive process, minimizing potential delays and ensuring consistency in the design and execution.

What type of room additions can you help with?

We can help you with any type of addition to your home. We work both with older homes and contemporary houses. We've found that almost every home and homeowner benefits from an addition to provide more space and create a larger area for loving your life and doing the things you love. Whether it is by adding space to the floor plan under one roof, or by adding a stand-alone ADU, an addition will also make the rest of the home feel more spacious.

Q3: Do you provide interior design services?

Yes, our team includes talented interior designers who work hand in hand with our architects to ensure the interior spaces are as meticulously planned and beautifully executed as the exterior.

Do you design Landscape Projects?

Certainly! Whether it's a residential or commercial landscape project, we've got you covered. In fact, we have extensive experience designing numerous commercial tenant improvement projects in the past decade. Feel free to reach out for assistance with your commercial project – we're here to assist you.

How do you handle unforeseen challenges during construction?

With our experienced team and proactive planning, we minimize unforeseen issues. However, in the rare occurrence of unexpected challenges, we address them promptly, ensuring transparency and communication with you throughout the process.

What’s the advantage of building an ADU?

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) can offer additional living space, potential rental income, or a separate suite for guests or family members. They also add value to your property. With Los Angeles' evolving regulations favoring ADUs, they've become a viable option for many homeowners.

How involved will I be in the design process?

We believe in a collaborative approach. Your inputs, preferences, and lifestyle are integral to our design process. We ensure regular updates and seek your feedback at pivotal stages, ensuring the final design aligns perfectly with your vision.

Do you offer remodeling services?

Yes, we offer all kinds of remodeling services. Our premier remodeling designers have been in the remodeling industry for many years, and will help you ensure you project goes smoothly and is delivered in time and on budget.

Whether you're interested in a complete home renovation, a new master bathroom, a new bedroom, a home and room addition, accessory dwelling units, or architectural design, we're here to help.

Our interior designers can help you with your bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, custom home design, or your whole home remodel. Through our design and build process, we also support with home remodeling contractor contacts and management.

What Else Can you Design?

We're here to assist you with both your interior and exterior design needs. Our portfolio spans a diverse range of projects, and we take pride in our track record of producing exceptionally beautiful designs and architecture in San Diego. Here are some examples of the services we offer:

- Residential architecture
- Commercial architecture
- Coastal homes
- Mixed-use properties
- Site planning
- Student housing
- Interior design
- Feasibility studies
- New construction
- Historic restorations