Build An Amazing Detached ADU in San Diego With Our Plans

Ten Seventy Architecture combines a love of modern architecture, a proven process, and the latest technology to help our clients overcome the challenges of building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in Southern California. With over a decade of experience, our architects navigate complex city codes to expand your space with elevated design.

Our newly released detached ADU plans make the process to get there easier and more efficient than ever. These plans are pre-approved and ​​expert-developed.

How Our Pre-Approved ADU Plans Will Fast Track Your Build

Detached ADUs (accessory dwelling units) are independent residential units located on the same lot as a stand-alone house, providing homeowners with space between their primary residence and an additional residence that can be occupied or rented.

These types of units are great solutions for those interested in maximizing their living space or investing for rental opportunities. Detached ADUs can add significant value to your property by expanding livable space within your lot, generating rental income, or providing a home for a relative.

If you’re interested in building a sleek + functional ADU, you’ve come to the right place. Ten Seventy Architecture has extensive experience developing accessory dwelling units in and around San Diego. In recent years we’ve even funded + built our own ADU, the Prince House.

Through this project, we created a universal design that has been pre-approved and can be customized to fit the size of your lot. We've also incorporated many personalization options to ensure your future ADU reflects your architectural style and goals.

Want to learn more about our detached ADU plans? Click the button below to schedule a complimentary consultation with our team.

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Key Features of Our
Pre-Approved ADU Plans

These plans were developed with our clients in mind, designed to save you time and money every step of the way. With our detached ADU plans, you’ll begin your project with a sleek + modern design that has been pre-approved, incorporating complex codes and building regulations. 

High-End Design at an Affordable Price

Building an ADU is an exciting process that requires a great deal of research, with many architectural options and details to consider. We'll help you integrate high-end design, custom features, and elevated fixtures into our pre-approved plans while staying within your budget and timeline.

And, because these plans were created with the same modern + minimalist style as our modular ADU designs, you'll achieve extra design value at a fraction of the price.

Our detached ADU plans provide our clients with a customizable foundation that will speed up the process. We'll tailor the designs to fit the specifications of your lot's orientation and dimensions. With these pre-approved plans as the framework of your project, our architects can breeze through the design, build + permitting process.
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Customization Options as Necessary

Our modern architecture studio understands the importance of creating a space that reflects not only your lifestyle but also your personal style.

As accessory dwelling units have become more popular in Southern California, we’ve incorporated several customization options to make your ADU stand out as a neighborhood favorite.

Depending on the dimensions or orientation of your lot, these plans will give you the option to save space with smaller rooms, convert your dwelling into a two-story duplex, or create outdoor spaces with balconies or patios to enjoy the San Diego sun without increasing your lot's footprint.

Our team of expert architects has also mastered the city's building regulations and design process to increase the functionality + sustainability of your ADU regardless of its size and layout.
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Save Time, Money, and Stress

Our pre-approved plans were designed to help you build an elevated ADU that showcases elevated modern + minimalist design without the expensive price tag and project delays.

By using one of our pre-designed ADU plans as the framework of your project, you can save upwards of $20k from our typical design + engineering fees.

And, when you purchase our detached ADU plans directly from us, you’ll be able to start construction on your project right away with an expedited schedule.

Without drafting your ADU from scratch, we can take 3-4 months off of our typical design timeline.

Because these plans have been pre-approved by the San Diego building department, you’ll be able to speed through the permitting phase with confidence and begin your build in no time.
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3 Easy Steps to Begin Your ADU Project

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Learn More About Our Team of Experienced Architects + Your Project Options

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See Our Portfolio of ADU Projects in San Diego

With over a decade of experience, Ten Seventy Architecture has become one of California's leading architecture studios dedicated to creating beautiful ADUs. Our portfolio highlights a diverse range of remarkable ADUs that we've built over the years. Explore these projects to appreciate the quality, style, and adaptability of our designs.

Get to Know the Team
Behind Our San Diego ADUs

Our modern architecture studio puts your goals and feedback at the center of every design.  We strive to create meaningful relationships with our clients by developing modern + innovative designs that will improve your quality of life for years to come.

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
in a Wide Range of Home Styles and Design Services

"Sean is the guy if you are looking for a Los Angeles 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.

Our Complete Guide to Planning + Building Your Dream ADU

Are you interested in building a detached ADU? Our comprehensive guide is a great place to start. Download this free resource to learn more about the process, including an in-depth overview of the latest regulations and municipal codes for San Diego.

Plan Your ADU Project with Our Quick Start Guide

Download Ten Seventy Architecture's free ADU project guide for everything you need to know before building an accessory dwelling unit in San Diego, including expert tips and tricks. Inside, you'll find a full overview of ADU municipal code along with explanations + visual diagrams to help you understand the process and how the latest regulations will shape your project.

After reviewing this resource, you'll be able to create a project roadmap to begin your ADU, saving time, money, and hours of research. From there, you’ll be ready to confidently hire an architect for your ADU project.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Architectural Styles Do You Work In?

Our team of Los Angeles architects specialize in modern + minimalist architectural 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 servics, 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 design
- Interior 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