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Homeowners throughout San Diego County are building ADUs since the state now says they can be built concurrently with a single-family home. Courtesy photo
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Need more space? Build your ADU now!

2020 has been a challenging year in so many ways and we’ve all had to be flexible and learn to adapt. Our homes have also had to evolve to support many functions, not just a place for shelter or for families to gather but also a workplace, a school, a restaurant and so much more.

If you need more space, a home office, or want additional rental income then building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) could be the solution. 

These granny flats, or guest houses, are attached or detached residential dwelling units on the same lot as an existing single-family dwelling unit.

Now is the time to consider an ADU as CA state law has changed to encourage the building of more affordable housing.

For example, different cities in North County have adopted and updated their own ordinances to make building ADUs more feasible and affordable.

Many homeowners throughout San Diego are building ADUs since the state now says they can be built concurrently with a single-family home. Additionally, they’ve opened areas were ADUs can be built, reduced fees and parking requirements, and amended building setbacks from property lines.

This custom ADU in Encinitas, which serves as a guest house, is only 360 square feet. Courtesy photo

The City of Encinitas is at the forefront of the ADU trend with eight pre-designed plans, ranging from a small 224 SF studio to 1,200 SF three full bedrooms, designed by two talented local architects.

These plans are part of the City’s PRADU, or Permit-Ready ADU, program that also includes reduced fees and expedited permitting timeframes.

This allows homeowners to quickly add an ADU to their property with minimal costs. The County of San Diego also offers six pre-approved ADU designs that range from 600 SF to 1,200 SF. These plans along with the City of Encinitas PRADU plans can also be submitted to the City of San Diego.

“Besides adding increased property value, generating additional income, ADUs offer multigenerational living and an overall great lifestyle,” said Cross Construction Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer Cailin Drakos.

Locally owned Cross Construction Inc. is a leading general contractor and has been serving San Diego County since 1991.

Cross specializes in ADUs, custom homes, extensive remodels, and exterior hardscape and landscape projects.

In addition to experienced project management, Cross self-performs all landscape and hardscape work to ensure your project is delivered with the highest quality.

Once you decide on adding an ADU to your property, Cross Construction Inc. can help with all phases from financing and design to permitting and construction.

In order to streamline the process and make it even easier for you, Cross worked with an interior designer to create standardized interior finish packages.

Simply select what works for your budget and Cross will handle the rest. Or you can work directly with the Cross designer to customize the look and feel of your new ADU.

As you reevaluate your needs and how to better utilize your home let Cross Construction help. Cross is committed to bringing your construction project to life!

For more information about Cross Construction Inc. visit their website at and follow them on social media @crossconstructioninc

Phone: 760.758.3639; Email: [email protected]