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One Bedroom ADU Over Garage for Family and Friends in Encinitas

Neptune Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024

Homeowner Story: Other

Other Features: Garage, Deck

Special Circumstance: Coastal Zone

Status: Design
1 Bed
1 Bath
400 ft 2
Two Story

The project entails the construction of a one-bedroom ADU over a garage in Encinitas. This additional living space is designed to accommodate visiting family and friends, providing them with a comfortable and private retreat. The ADU serves as a versatile solution for maximizing the utility of the property while offering a convenient and inviting space for guests.

This ADU represents a harmonious fusion of practicality, comfort, and style, offering a welcoming haven for family and friends to enjoy their time in this charming coastal community. Its location above the garage ensures efficient use of space and maintains the aesthetic appeal of the property.


Floor Plan:

ADU Over Garage 1BR/1BA | One Bedroom Carriage House

Explore the Potential of an ADU Over Garage

Maximize your property’s utility and aesthetic appeal with our meticulously designed ADU over garage plans. Perfect for those looking to enhance their living space without sacrificing the convenience of garage parking, two story ADUs over garages are increasingly popular, especially on alleyways.

Our ADU above garage floorplan includes 1BR 1BA, strategically crafted to fit under 500 sqft. The design prioritizes efficient use of space, ensuring a comfortable living area that includes all the essentials of a full-sized home. The garage with ADU above concept is not just about adding space; it’s about creating value, offering a smart, stylish living solution that complements your main residence.

Key Features of Our ADU Above Garage Plans

  • Smart Design: Our ADU over garage plans are the epitome of smart design, offering a seamless blend of functionality and style. The living space is thoughtfully arranged to maximize comfort and utility, featuring a cozy bedroom, a full bathroom, a full kitchen, and an inviting living area.¬†Read more about our ADU designs.
  • Privacy and Accessibility: Positioned above the garage, this ADU provides a private retreat that’s separate from the main house, ideal for guests, tenants, or family members.
  • Customizable Options: Recognizing the diverse needs of homeowners, we offer customizable ADU options for our garage with ADU above plans. Whether you’re looking to add personal touches to the interior or considering an exterior deck for outdoor enjoyment, our team is ready to tailor the design to your specific preferences.
  • Efficient Use of Property: By building an ADU over your garage, you’re efficiently utilizing existing space on your property. This approach not only preserves your backyard and outdoor areas but also leverages the typically flat area of your existing garage to add valuable living space.

Also read our guide about ADU Garage Conversion vs. Demolition: which is right for you?

Why Choose an ADU Above Garage?

Choosing to build an ADU above your garage is a strategic decision that brings numerous benefits. It’s an excellent way to generate additional rental income, provide independent living space for family members, or even create a home office that’s separate from the distractions of the main house. Moreover, an ADU over garage enhances the overall value of your property, making it a wise investment for the future.

We can also modify any of our standard plans when you are thinking about building a new detached ADU over a garage in Greater San Diego.

At SnapADU, we’re committed to turning your vision into a reality. Our ADU over garage plans are just the beginning. We work closely with you to understand your needs, preferences, and the unique characteristics of your property. From the initial design phase to the final touches, our team ensures a smooth, efficient process that results in a high-quality ADU tailored to the exterior of your property and to your lifestyle.

Build Cost: $290K
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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 do not require extensive coastal permit requirements, meaning there is little to no added time or cost for coastal.

What about Encinitas Permit Ready Accessory Dwelling Unit (PRADU) Program?

You may have heard about the City of Encinitas having a permit ready ADU program (PRADU). 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. Based on our experience building several PRADU plans, 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 Encinitas