We’re all about ADUs in San Diego

We’ve chosen to bring design & permitting in-house to ensure our high standards are met… and to enable you to work with one company throughout the highly specialized project of building an ADU. And we are the only ADU contractor that offers a pricing guarantee to offer you predictability on your project.

Proven Results


Experienced: We are the most experienced ADU builder in San Diego, as we have completed dozens of ADUs and have dozens more in progress.


Meticulous: Our background is in custom high-end homes, so we deliver extremely high quality ADUs with solid craftmanship.


Dedicated: We understand that customer satisfaction is everything and stand by our work… our referral rate speaks volumes.


Trustworthy: We put our money where our mouth is and bill after work is complete; we don’t ask for deposits ahead of performing work.

ADU Expertise


Holistic: Our vast experience in ADUs allows us to take the whole picture into account to assess the best path forward on your project at every stage.


Savvy: We have dissected ADU regulations to ensure we know what can be built… and how to advocate for the homeowner when needed.


Specialized: Our dedicated permitting team focuses solely on understanding building department requirements to expedite permits efficiently.


Thorough: We have built extremely detailed processes and checklists for all the steps to design, permit and build an ADU.

Full Accountability


Responsible: We are fully responsible for your entire project, starting with the planning process and through project completion.


Integrated: We have project managers and superintendents on our own staff to ensure construction work is completed effectively.


Local: We are a local family-owned business with a deep commitment to our clients in Greater San Diego.


Reliable: We know you don’t want surprises so we offer a price lock for 6 months while we finish designing & permitting your ADU.

Our origin story

We’re 100% focused on being the best ADU builders in San Diego. We do this by having a deep understanding of construction, design, regulations, and business.

Our co-founders were both excited about changes in ADU regulations, while they brought very different perspectives to the company. Mike has spent his whole life in construction and built custom homes under his own general contracting license since 2013. Meanwhile, Whitney worked in the corporate world for over a decade honing management and operational skills. Together with an incredible team, they created SnapADU in 2020 to meet the need for both standard and custom detached ADUs in San Diego.


Benefit from our ADU experience

We live and breathe ADUs. Check out a list of our completed, live and upcoming ADU construction projects, plus see project photos and floor plans of the ADUs we have built for clients throughout San Diego County.



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Testimonials & Stories from our Clients

  • Generate rental income

    Many homeowners add ADUs to create a new stream of rental income.

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  • Bring aging parents closer
  • House younger family members
  • Downsize and rent main house
  • Create flex space for work/hobby
  • Generate rental income
  • Bring aging parents closer
  • House younger family members
  • Downsize and rent main house
  • Create flex space for work/hobby
  • We were looking at ways to invest our money. My wife and I thought, why don't we build an ADU for rental income? Also, someday we can move into it. So it has multiple purposes.

    Paul & Myra Winter
    Homeowners, Oceanside
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  • When we bought our house, Kristen was pregnant and we wanted Grandma to be around to help with the baby. And then ultimately, we wanted to be around for Mom when she gets older.

    The Heards
    Homeowners, Oceanside
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  • We decided to build an ADU because our family's property is a big lot. That's hard to find these days, especially with the cost of housing. Plus we are closer to my mom.

    Marina & Will
    ADU Residents, San Marcos
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  • I decided to build an ADU because the property was a double wide lot. I'm a half mile from the beach and could see the view from the top of my house and thought, I have to take advantage of that.

    Zeno Rausa
    Homeowner, Oceanside
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  • I'm a product stylist and photographer. I decided to build an ADU because my business was taking off and I was spending a lot of time outside of the home. Building a studio lets me work from home more.

    Liz Ream
    Homeowner, Vista
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Meet Our Team

We love working together to build ADUs across San Diego. We are proud that we have an opportunity to change lives by offering different options to homeowners. Many of us have accessory dwelling units on our own properties and see the value and flexibility of adding ADUs to a home.

Our ADU Process

Learn more about the step-by-step process of working with Snap ADU to design, permit & build an ADU, including overall project phases and typical timeline. We’re constantly pushing to get better at what we do.

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Check out our ADU insights

Out of the thousands of ADU blogs & resources on the internet, our website has been rated by FeedSpot as one of the top ADU resources on the entire web. We publish updates & add fresh content regularly so that homeowners in San Diego can stay informed.

Comparison of ADU build types

We created Snap ADU to offer the best value accessory dwelling unit in the San Diego market. We researched the alternatives and are proud of how we stack up as Greater San Diego’s preeminent ADU builder. Read more about ADU options, including a comparison of manufactured, modular, panelized, and traditionally built ADUs.

Why we love building granny flats

SnapADU Mission Statement: Built on a culture of prioritizing people, promoting transparency, pioneering innovation and providing flexible lifestyles, SnapADU designs, permits and builds high quality ADUs of unprecedented value by utilizing conventional construction methods amplified by cutting edge technology & processes.

We get to help people and families come closer together… to live closer and be part of each others’ lives daily, to bring aging parents closer to grandkids, to give handicapped dependents more independence, or to give young adults a chance to raise their kids in a community they might not normally be able to afford.

We also get to help people bring in rental income… money that helps them pay their mortgage, travel more, work less, or even retire sooner. We offer them flexibility, since ADUs are versatile and meet the demands of evolving lifestyles.

We plan and design with each client to make the best lifestyle choice for their family. What size ADU? Where on their property should it go? Which floor plan should they choose? How much will it cost? Does it make sense? We have respect for our clients and want to help them as they are considering options for their unique situation.