ADU/Garage Conversion is a complete remodel of a large capacity garage, which was completed by local design firm, Modern Granny Flat, in collaboration with Ramiro Losada-Amor and Prismática Architects. It is a space that mutates quickly and constantly and designed to address strategies for innovation, flexibility and possibility of future changes.

The client purchased a large house in San Diego, CA, for his parents and another relative to live in with the idea of remodeling the existing garage into an accessory dwelling unit (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; and 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, which features mint-colored tiles from Arizona Tile. 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.