July 24, 2023

San Diego Garage Conversion (430 Sq.Ft.)

San Diego, CA // 430 Sq.Ft. // From Cottage

In North County San Diego, a homeowner recognized the advantages of building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to accommodate her aging mother. Seeking a more affordable and desirable alternative to assisted living centers and nursing homes, she turned to Cottage for assistance in creating a beautiful home within reach for her mother.

With a clear vision in mind, the homeowner wanted the new ADU to complement her existing house, which boasted rustic motifs and elegant landscaping along the California hillside. Building an ADU presented significant benefits for her mother's living situation. Not only would the costs be more economical compared to long-term care facilities, but it would also offer a more comfortable and peaceful environment. The proximity of the ADU to the homeowner's residence allowed for easy monitoring of her mother's well-being, ensuring a higher level of care and connection.

The focus of the project was the conversion of the garage into a livable unit. However, the homeowner envisioned creating a visual connection between the main home and the ADU by incorporating a lush wood pergola or overhang. This outdoor space would serve as a gathering area for mother and daughter to socialize while enjoying the beauty of the surroundings.

Throughout the process, Cottage worked closely with the homeowner to translate her ideas and preferences into a functional design. By synthesizing traditional and contemporary design inspirations, Cottage created a final design that harmonized with the existing home and garden. Extensive research and due diligence were conducted in collaboration with the local planning staff to ensure compliance with regulations and requirements. Structural considerations were also taken into account to ensure the seamless integration of the pergola with the expanded and repurposed garage.

The result is a stunning garage conversion ADU that combines both economic considerations and thoughtful design. The 430-square-foot living space includes a bedroom, bathroom, living area, and kitchen, all connected to the main home through a beautifully designed patio sheltered by a customized wood pergola. This ADU exemplifies the perfect blend of functionality and aesthetic appeal, providing a comfortable and inviting living space for the homeowner's mother.

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