Roof Deck with Ocean Views in Oceanside
Leonard Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92054
Homeowner Story: Downsize to ADU
Other Features: Deck, Covered porch
Special Circumstance: Coastal Zone
Zeno in Oceanside wanted to build an accessory dwelling unit to live in so he could take advantage of incredible ocean views. He also liked the flexibility to rent out the ADU down the road. He had an architect draw up custom plans and then enlisted SnapADU for this highly technical build of a two-story unit, plus a basement, roof deck, and patio.
“SnapADU completed my ADU in 2021 and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. Throughout the process, their team of personable, professional and dedicated employees and subcontractors helped me stay on budget, several times making helpful recommendations on substitutions I could make to keep costs down. The quality of workmanship was very high and I found all the subcontractors to be exceptionally competent. I highly recommend SnapADU. When you make your decision to spend this kind of time, money and resources on a complex project you gotta know you have the right team on the job. SnapADU is team you want.” – Zeno R.
Custom ADU Floor Plan
Have something specific in mind for your ADU design and want to go a bit more custom? We can do that! Check out many of the custom ADU plans we have designed & built in the past for homeowners. We can also stack or attach multiple ADUs if you are building in a multifamily zone or in the City of San Diego where you can build Bonus ADUs.
While most homeowners opt to match the exterior of their ADU with their main residence, some take customization a step further. You may want to consider choosing a more custom ADU floor plan to meet your unique needs. Custom ADUs offer an unparalleled level of personalization, making each unit as individual as its owner.
Why Choose a Custom ADU Floor Plan?
Ever thought about why some homes just feel “right”? It’s often because they’ve been tailored to fit both the land they sit on and the people they shelter. When it comes to ADUs, customization can stem from various needs and desires. Maybe your ADU is close to the neighbor’s fence or your main house. Perhaps that window placement isn’t ideal due to a slope in your yard, or you’re looking for a touch more privacy. And sometimes, it’s all about achieving that specific look you’ve always dreamed of.
A custom ADU floor plan allows you to tailor the space to your specific needs, property constraints, and aesthetic preferences. Whether you want a minimalist design or intricate details, the choice is yours. Custom ADUs can be designed to complement the architecture of your main residence or to work with uniquely constrained yard spaces.
However, it’s essential to keep in mind that all this personalization comes with a price tag. Custom ADUs can cost 5-10% more than their standard counterparts because of their unique designs. And if you’re thinking of adding some luxury touches, like high-end tiles or top-tier windows, the costs can climb a bit more.
The Custom ADU Design Process at Snap ADU
Discovery Process: The process begins with a discovery phase to understand your needs and provide a budget based on your site specifics & requirements. As part of this phase, we would also work to understand your vision for the ADU design, often starting with an existing plan and mocking up changes. In other cases, you may send us something you have drafted on your own. We will take your plan and all your property information as inputs in creating a highly detailed proposal for you.
Feasibility & Site Assessment: In our feasibility phase, we move on to measuring the site, mapping out basic topography, and also locating existing utilities. All these factors, along with detailed zoning codes, will be combined into a site plan. From there, we can further refine your ADU design.
Design Iterations: This is a collaborative stage where we finalize the floor plan, typically including at least one live video conference session with you and our drafting team. Once a design and scope is agreed, we proceed with signing a construction estimate agreement to lock your pricing while we develop full drawings for city approvals and permitting.
Permitting and Approvals: Our expertise in navigating the regulatory landscape ensures a smooth permitting process.
Build Out: With a background in custom home building, you can rest assured that every detail of your custom ADU will come to life exactly as envisioned when we build your ADU.
Opting for a custom ADU floor plan offers numerous advantages, from personalization and optimized functionality to seamless integration with your existing property. We invite you to reach out for a consultation to explore the possibilities of your custom ADU project.
The Oceanside ADU Guide
With SnapADU originally based in Oceanside, we know the city’s regulations and processes very well. Turnaround times at the city are faster than other nearby cities and we frequently obtain a permit within two rounds of review at the city. However, Oceanside ADU regulations are a bit more restrictive than some areas, for instance permitting 4′ setbacks for up to a 1000sqft unit; 1200sqft and two story ADUs are allowed but subject to setbacks for the underlying zone. Some of Oceanside is in the coastal zone and minor use permits are required in those areas, but may be processed in parallel with the building permit (so delays are minimal).