Home Architects San Diego

We Can Help You Design + Build An Incredible Home in San Diego

Ten Seventy Architecture is a modern architecture studio that helps people who love amazing architecture overcome the challenges of building their dream home by offering an integrated design + permitting process so they can elevate their life to new heights.

Whether you are looking to build a new custom home, renovate/remodel your current one, or build an ADU, our team of San Diego home architects has you covered.

See How Our Experienced Team Of San Diego Home Architects Will Help You Build Your Dream Home

Our modern architecture studio has been helping homeowners throughout San Diego build modern, minimalist, and mid-century modern homes for nearly 15 years. Whether you are looking to start from scratch with a new home construction project or want to remodel/renovate your current home, we have the experience and expertise you're looking for.

We're a full-service architectural firm that can complete every part of your project completely in-house. We even have a permitting specialist on staff that will ensure your project gets permitted through the City as quickly + efficiently as possible.To help you build the home of your dreams, we utilize a completely custom architecture process that we've developed over several years.

This process allows us to explore several design concepts for your new home and get your feedback through a series of design meetings. Once the design is complete, we can then move on to permitting and building your new home. Thanks to this modern architecture process, our clients enjoy an efficient and stress-free process when they build a new home or renovate their current one with us.

At Ten Seventy Architecture, we believe the best home design is one tailored to your unique needs & lifestyle. That's why we'll work with you throughout our process to ensure your ideas are considered. To learn more about our process, check out the video here.

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Projects Our Team of San Diego Home Architects Can Help With

Our home architects in San Diego can help you with a variety of different projects, big and small. Whether you're interested in building a brand new home from scratch or simply want to renovate your current home, we have the experience and expertise to help you achieve your vision. We've helped clients with everything from building accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to complete home renovations. No matter what you're looking for, our team can work with you to create a custom solution that fits your needs and budget.

High-End Custom Modern or Minimalist Homes

Our team loves helping our clients build custom homes completely from scratch. We've got a proven record of success designing custom modern, minimalist, or mid-century modern homes. Just check out our portfolio. We'll start by working with you to develop a design concept that fits your unique needs and lifestyle.

Once the design is complete, we can then move on to the permitting process and finally begin construction on your new home once we get approval. Thanks to our years of experience, we're able to streamline the entire process and make it as stress-free as possible for our clients.

Throughout the design process, we're able to help you visualize the design of your new home with our realistic rendering + 3D design software. Our studio deploys the latest architecture technology so you can be confident in the design of your home before any permitting or construction work begins.
Photo of a modern home in San Diego designed by Ten Seventy Architecture

Functional Home Renovations, Remodels, and Additions

If you're looking to add extra curb appeal to your home, then a renovation, remodel or addition is an excellent place to start. This is an especially great option for San Diego homeowners who want to essentially design a new home but can use the structure of their current home layout to stretch their budget. 

Our team of home architects can help you completely reimagine the design of your home. We'll work closely together to retain the elements of the home you like while dramatically improving the design + functionality you experience to enhance your daily life.

To discover how we've helped our past clients achieve exactly what you are looking for with this type of project, check out our portfolio here.

Click here to learn more about our modern renovation, remodel, and addition services.
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Beautiful Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Perhaps you're interested in adding additional living space to your current property through an accessory dwelling unit. These detached structures are becoming extremely popular throughout San Diego thanks to improving regulations in the City.

If you are looking to add extra living space but are on a tight budget, this is going to be your most cost-effective option.

Our modern architecture studio has been at the forefront of the City's ADU program and is constantly monitoring the latest updates regarding the building code. And we've even taken on our own ADU projects on our personal time - giving us a complete understanding of what these projects entail from both the architect + clients' perspectives.

If you're interested in San Diego's ADU program, check out our ADU Resource Center to get up to speed on everything you need to know about accessory dwelling units in this City.
Photo of a modern ADU project in San Diego by Ten Seventy Architecture

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Check Out Our Portfolio of Housing Projects In San Diego

At Ten Seventy Architecture, we love helping homeowners design and build their dream homes. Our modern architecture studio has years of experience working on a variety of different housing projects in San Diego. Check out some of the featured projects below for in-depth case studies on how we've helped our past clients.

Learn More About Our Team of Home Architects in San Diego

We believe that forming great relationships with our clients is the key to producing amazing design work. Our modern architecture studio aims for true partnerships and takes their lifestyle + goals into consideration when designing something incredible in order help them achieve exactly what they want, every time.

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 firm, 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)

Profile Picture of Sean Canning - Principal Architect and Owner of Ten Seventy Architecture in San Diego, California

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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10+ Years of Experience
Making Our Clients Happy

"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.

Discover Exactly How To Build Your Dream Home

Ask anyone who's taken on an architecture project in San Diego - it requires a lot of work. To help, our home architects have put together an extremely valuable "Dream Home" guide that will guide you through the entire architecture process and show you concrete ways to save time, money, and ultimately a ton of stress.

A Complete Guide Detailing Everything You Need To Start Planning Your Home Architecture Project in San Diego

Considering a home architecture project in San Diego? Then you need to check out our Dream Home guide to quickly get up to speed on everything you need to know to make your new home a reality.

Encompassing over a decade of our experience designing + building projects in San Diego, it's everything you need to get started researching your project and eventually reaching out to home architects in San Diego.

This free guide features a simple flowchart that will help you quickly map out a comprehensive strategy tailored to your project. By following this guide, you will be able to save hours planning your project. And once done, you will be able to confidently start your project.

With this guide, you will be able to avoid project delays, hefty fees, and a whole lot of frustration. It’s the complete resource for getting a jump start on your home architecture project and finally design + build the home of your dreams.

1070 Architecture Project Planning  Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

What Architectural Styles Do you work In?

We specialize in modern + minimalist architectural design. On occasion, we work in other styles such as contemporary, prairie style, craftsman, or transitional.

How much does it cost to work w/ an architect in San Diego?

Our designs start @ $12,000-15,000 for smaller projects.

Do you offer virtual Architecture consultations?

Yes, we do! If you're interested in a virtual consultation you can sign up using the form at the bottom of this page. Once you reach out, we'll be in touch to schedule a meeting.

Do you design Accessory Dwelling Units / Companion Units?

Yes! We have designed custom ADUs + can design one for you. Ask us about our predesigned 1-Bedroom / 1-Bathroom ADU, offered at a discount.

Do you design Commercial Projects?

Yes! We've designed commercial tenant improvement projects over the last decade. We're happy to help you w/ your commercial project.

What other fees are there?

Structural engineering costs will vary depending on the design proposed. Permit fees are paid to the municipality, as well as cost to facilitate the permit process. Some projects may require energy calculations or additional engineering. More complicated permits may require additional presentation drawings.

How long does it take to design something?

Schedules will depend on the project scope. Generally, it takes around 1-2 months to create a design working w/ a client, then 1 month to engineer/detail the project.

How much do permits cost in San Diego?

Permits are charged by the municipalities + can vary greatly. New homes may be subject to additional municipal impact fees.

How long do permits in San Diego take?

Standard projects not located in the California Coastal Zone can take around 3 months to permit due to the City of San Diego's new "streamline" #DigitalDSD process. Projects in the Coastal Zone or requiring a Site Development Permit can take around 8 months or more to permit.

What Else Can you Design?

We have won a few awards for modern furniture which we design by special request.