A Couple Convert Their Parents’ Garage Into a Transforming ADU

Flexibility rules in an airy Southern California garage-turned-ADU that gives two professionals the chance to ride the wave of the future.

Jorge’s parents’ house is across the patio.

Like many adults with aging parents, Jorge Cuevas Antillón thinks a lot about the future. But the professor and educator believes he and his partner, Ruben Martínez, have found the perfect solution. “We’re 50-something-year-old professionals, and we live in my parents’ garage,” he says with a smile.

Anchoring a multi-family property in Chula Vista is a 1,200-square-foot garage that Ramiro Losada-Amor of Modern Granny Flat transformed into an ADU for Jorge Cuevas Antillón and Ruben Martínez. The garage door is from Coastal Garage Doors.

Anchoring a multi-family property in Chula Vista is a 1,200-square-foot garage that Ramiro Losada-Amor of Modern Granny Flat transformed into an ADU for Jorge Cuevas Antillón and Ruben Martínez. The garage door is from Coastal Garage Doors. 

Photo by Rachel Pangi

It’s not just any garage. Set off a quiet street in suburban Chula Vista, just south of San Diego, the 1,200-square-foot space has been completely overhauled by architect Ramiro Losada-Amor into a clean-lined accessory dwelling unit (ADU) that’s all about flexibility, with moving elements that enable the interior to be quickly configured and reconfigured.

Jorge’s parents’ house is across the patio.

Jorge’s parents’ house is across the patio. “We believe we’re onto something here in terms of a societal shift,” says Jorge. “Not everyone wants to live in an apartment or condo. They can live in a home that’s part of a family compound.” 

Photo by Rachel Pangi

The original space was an unfinished expanse with concrete floors. With Treadlight Construction, Losada-Amor replaced the concrete with cement, installed plumbing, and updated the electrical system for residential use.

The original space was an unfinished expanse with concrete floors. With Treadlight Construction, Losada-Amor replaced the concrete with cement, installed plumbing, and updated the electrical system for residential use. 

Courtesy of Modern Granny Flat

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