San Diego County Adu Plans

Build Your ADU in San Diego With Our Pre-Approved ADU Plans

If you're in search of a top-tier, contemporary ADU design in San Diego County that's budget-friendly, Ten Seventy Architecture has you covered.

With our range of pre-approved San Diego County ADU plans, we offer a streamlined design and permitting process to kickstart your project with the utmost efficiency.

Pre-Approved Plans: The Effortless Way to Build Your ADU in San Diego

Ten Seventy Architecture is your partner in turning your ADU dreams into reality here in San Diego County. We specialize in modern architecture and have developed a hassle-free process to help you navigate the complexities of building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in California. Constructing a high-end ADU in the City of San Diego has never been this efficient or affordable.

ADUs, aka Granny Flats, are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners and property investors in San Diego County. These versatile units offer the perfect solution for expanding your living space or entering the rental property market. Our ADU plans are designed to simplify the process of building an ADU, making it more affordable and accessible than ever.

Our pre-approved plans are carefully crafted to comply with San Diego County's intricate city codes, regulations and required structural calculations. This allows you to focus on selecting design details and customization options that will enhance your lifestyle for years to come.

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The Benefits of Using Pre-Approved ADU Plans

Our ADU building plans are expertly tailored to save you time, money, and stress while creating a modern and functional ADU in San Diego County. And while they are pre-approved, they still offer flexibility for customization, allowing you to add personal touches and make the design your own.

Build a Modern + Affordable Accessory Dwelling Unit

Our pre-approved plans offer high-end designs and details at an affordable price point. They provide the framework for your project, customized to fit your specific lot requirements.

Pre-designed and pre-approved San Diego ADU plans offer a cost-efficient way to build your ADU. For those interested in rental opportunities, our pre-approved plans can provide additional design value, allowing you to maximize your rental income.

Our streamlined process ensures that construction begins weeks earlier than traditional methods, saving you a substantial amount of money. We are committed to passing these savings on to you.
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Personalize and Build Your Unique + Permit-Ready Custom ADU

As ADU projects gain popularity in San Diego County, personalization becomes crucial. Our pre-approved plans include various customization options, enabling you to create a one-of-a-kind ADU to suit your needs. Whether you want a standard ADU, a two-story duplex, a balcony, or a smaller footprint to fit your lot, our plans can accommodate your needs.

Our pre-approved California ADU plans are designed with flexibility in mind, ensuring they can be tailored to your project requirements and lot size. Our architects prioritize efficiency and sustainability while maximizing livable space, regardless of your lot's orientation. To ensure all necessary steps are completed prior to starting the plan review process, in accordance with the county standard, we follow a clear checklist.

Whether you opt for standard ADU plans or custom plans, we've designed our plans to help you make sure all steps are completed and follow the regulations of the County of San Diego. This significantly reduces the cost of building an ADU, as it speeds up the permitting process and ensures your ADU plans in San Diego get approved.
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Pre-Approved Adu Building Plans: An Efficient + Streamlined Process

Designing an ADU from scratch takes time and effort, especially if plans aren't designed according to country standard adu plan types. But with San Diego's pre-approved ADU plans, building an ADU in San Diego County has never been more efficient.

With our pre-approved ADU plans, your project can be designed, permitted, and completed up to three to four months faster than traditional methods.

Our pre-approved plans minimize the risk of delays or unexpected costs, as they are designed to meet specific codes and regulations, even for narrow lots as small as 25' wide.

After tailoring the plan to your lot size and incorporating any customization, we'll draft the final floor plans and submit them for permitting.Curious to see our pre-approved plans in action? Scroll down to explore our portfolio, including the Prince House ADU, the project that inspired these plans.
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Turn Your ADU Dream into Reality with Our Customizable + Pre-Approved ADU Plans

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Our Portfolio of ADU Projects + Granny Flats in San Diego

With over a decade of experience, Ten Seventy Architecture has become a leader in San Diego County's architecture scene, specializing in creating stunning ADUs. Our pre-approved ADU plans, based on "The Prince House" project, showcase how you can achieve high-end designs at an affordable cost.

The Prince House

42nd Street ADU

Ticonderoga ADU

Main Street Development

The Everett ADUs

The Kenosha Residence

Casitas Harrison

Meet Our Team of San Diego County ADU Architects

At Ten Seventy Architecture, we prioritize your goals and feedback throughout the design process. Our modern architecture studio leverages a proven approach and the latest technology to deliver modern and functional designs that will delight you 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 San Diego Architecture 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.

Grab Your FREE Guide to San Diego's ADU Regulations


Want to make your ADU project in San Diego simpler, cost-effective, and less frustrating? Explore our updated 2023 ADU project guide. It's designed to help you understand all the latest ADU regulations in the city.

This resource provides the complete ADU municipal code, and it's made easy to understand with explanations and visual diagrams. This means you can grasp the technical code while gaining expert insights into how these rules affect your project.

With this guide, you can assess the feasibility of your project and create a basic plan for your ADU. When you're ready, you'll feel confident reaching out to firms for project quotes. With this guide, you'll have everything you need to kickstart your San Diego ADU project planning.

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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