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Comfortable & Accessible Granny Flat in Carlsbad

Sausalito Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92010

Homeowner Story: Bring aging family closer

Status: Permitting
2 Bed
2 Bath
749 ft 2
One Story

This 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom ADU project in Carlsbad, also referred to as a granny flat, is specifically designed to accommodate the needs of an aging mother. Located in the beautiful city of Carlsbad, this project offers a comfortable and accessible living space for multigenerational living.

Read more about ADUs as an alternative to assisted living.

Floor Plan:

2BR/2BA 28×27 Square

Great for roommates, this dual master also includes hall access to one of the bathrooms.

Build Cost: $290K
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The Carlsbad ADU Guide

Several SnapADU team members live in Carlsbad, and we know the city’s regulations and processes very well. Turnaround times at the city are moderate. Carlsbad requires in-person submissions as well as soils reports (>500 sqft), both of which do add some processing time and expense. Also, some of Carlsbad is in the coastal zone and minor use permits are required in those areas.

What about Carlsbad’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Permit Ready Program?

You may have heard about the City of Carlsbad’s permit ready ADU program. Under the program, the city offers a handful of floor plans that may be used by the public.

However, these plans require property-specific modifications and additional documentation to meet full permitting requirements. While initially seeming cost-effective, pre-approved plans may not offer significant savings due to construction costs and potential design adjustments needed for your specific site. To our knowledge, the permitting time for these plans is also not any different than other ADU plans.

For a detailed exploration of using pre-approved ADU plans and their implications, read more about the considerations for using pre-approved ADU plans from cities.

Learn more about building an ADU in Carlsbad