ADU Allows Freedom for Travel in Encinitas
Manchester Avenue, Encinitas, CA
Homeowner Story: Downsize to ADU
Other Features: Covered porch
Special Circumstance: Septic, Coastal Zone
In Encinitas, the client’s vision for a large one-bedroom layout resulted in an expansive living space. The addition of a spacious porch, accessible through large sliding glass doors, enhances the livable area and provides a charming outdoor retreat. The homeowners have big plans for this space, intending to reside in the ADU during their frequent trips to the area, while other family members occupy the main house. The property is on septic, so they homeowners also had a new septic system designed and installed to accommodate the ADU.
1BR/1BA 31×30 L-Shape
This large one bedroom unit features a large kitchen with optional island, plus a large living room with sliding glass. The large bedroom includes a walk-in closet and ensuite bath that also has hall access. Add a covered porch to this unit for even more living space.
The Encinitas ADU Guide
We have many projects in Encinitas and we know the city’s regulations and processes very well. Encinitas has some of the lowest permitting fees in the area, averaging just $2-4 per square foot of space for ADUs. We are also seeing fewer requirements for minor use permits in the coastal zone. Encinitas has also put out “permit ready” plans (PRADU), which some homeowners have found helpful as a starting place for their ADU designs. The greatest attribute of Encinitas is that nearly all plan check and building permit fees have been waived for ADUs. Also, while much of Encinitas is located in the coastal zone, ADUs are typically exempt from extensive coastal permit requirements, meaning there is little to no added time or cost for coastal.