ADU/Garage Conversion, a flexible and transformable space for a new way of life
ADU/Garage Conversion is a complete remodel of a large capacity garage. It is a space that mutates
quickly and constantly and designed to address strategies for innovation, flexibility, and the possibility of
The client purchased a large house in San Diego for his parents and another relative to live in with the
idea of remodeling the existing garage into an ADU for themselves. The space is the result of the
client’s three requirements:
- Flexibility to change the configuration of the space to accommodate one or several people at a
time, and to allow for different family structures in the future.
- Work space with ample storage.
- Water savings.
The project was conceived to meet the dynamic needs of different moments using “tools” including
operable panels to divide the bedroom into two spaces; a bed integrated into a bookcase to
convert the living room into a guest bedroom; a mobile island to allow for different configurations of
the kitchen; a sliding shoe cabinet to save space; and a folding table to deploy a workstation.
The architectural solution that was provided took the shape of a box which houses the plumbing for the
kitchen, part of the storage areas and the bathroom with three skylights. This box is located central to
the floor plan for better distribution of different spaces and to allow for flexibility and change.
Rainwater is collected in containers outside and the shower, sink, and laundry water is treated with a grey
water system to reuse in the garden.
633 Del Mar Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Jorge Cuevas, and Ruben Martinez
Jorge CuevasAntillon , Ruben Martinez ,
Modern Granny Flat + Ramiro Losada-Amor + Prismatica architects