June 2007-Winner, San Luis Obispo Secondary Dwelling Design Competition
The County of San Luis Obispo Planning and Building Department held a design competition for Secondary Dwellings of 800 sq.ft. or less. 10 winners were selected to provide complete architectural and structural construction documents so that the county could provide these “pre-approved” plans for free to anyone who has a qualifying property in the unincorporated areas of the County on which they could build a secondary or “granny” unit. This design was based roughly on a secondary unit I designed and built on my own property in 2001. One of the design requests was to provide different styles for the same floor plan.
This was an effort by all involved to help provide some much needed affordable housing in this area. Unfortunately, the County discontinued this program some years ago due to low demand and also most people not being satisfied that they couldn’t even make minor changes to the plans. Looking a gift horse in the mouth, so to speak.