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DMHA Architecture Designs Fire Resistant Homes

Mike Wilson returned to his house at dawn, hoping that he still had a home. Instead, he found flames still flickering on the last remaining embers of his Sycamore Canyon residence. Along with most of their neighbors, Mike and his wife Diana had evacuated the night before, as the Tea Fire raged to epic proportions. [...]

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Ensberg Jacobs Design Santa Barbara Spanish Restoration

The restoration, remodel, and additions to this 1920’s Santa Barbara Spanish style home corrected functional issues and brought the charming classic bungalow into the 21st century, giving it new life for a family of four while preserving and enhancing the original Spanish Style.     The home was constructed in 1929 by architect Jack Myers and builder A.J. [...]

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The Landsby Hotel in Solvang

The Landsby is the newest and most innovative hotel in Solvang, CA. This stunning 41-room boutique hotel offers warm hospitality and refined, stylish accommodations with a hint of traditional Scandinavian aesthetic. DMHA Architecture + Interior Design of Santa Barbara and Studio Collective, Los Angeles spearheaded the recent renovation.     The completely remodeled, bright and open guestrooms are [...]

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NMA Architects Riviera Modern

“The design for the Kurth Residence is all about our clients’ desire to capture the amazing 360 degree views from their Lower Riviera site, as well as their desire for a very bold, modern home specifically made of concrete and glass,” states Architect Dave Mendro. It’s not often the shoe is on the other foot; [...]

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Ensberg Jacobs Design Architects Kitchen Remodel

This house in the Samarkand neighborhood was originally part of the 1928 Sansum Estate, located just west of Oak Park in Santa Barbara. The property was divided and sold and the 2 story Caretaker’s House and Guest Cottage were split off as a separate parcel and private residence, located just down the drive from the [...]

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Ensberg Jacobs Design 60’s Tract House Redo

Thoughtful stripping away of standard tract construction elements and dated finishes combined with careful analysis and selection of items that could be made to work resulted in a transformed house, including furnishings within the expected budget.     "We couldn’t alter the suburban tract surrounding the structure, but the house had unique potential for the feel of a [...]

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Neumann, Mendro, Andrulaitis Kitchen Designs

In the past, the kitchen was considered more of a service space that was physically separated from the dining room and living spaces that were dedicated to entertaining. With the advent of open plans, great rooms and the more informal living spaces associated with the modern way of living, the kitchen has become a place [...]

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NMA Architects Coastal Retreat in Carpinteria

The owner's list of requirements when developing this stunning property on the bluffs of Carpinteria included bedrooms for the couple’s grown sons, well-appointed guest quarters, a tennis court, swimming pool and multiple spaces for entertaining.     Architect Mary Andrulaitis says. “Though the property is over 4 acres, there were a lot of constraints on the site. The [...]

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DMHA Architecture + Interior Design and Studio Collective Design The Goodland Hotel in Goleta, CA

Kimpton's newest revamp of the Holiday Inn in Goleta, CA provides Santa Barbara's answer for eccentric, mid-century modern accommodations with the Goodland Hotel. The vision was to implement a funky beach vide for the property, while providing each guestroom with resort-like amenities, but in a retro-fashion.     Designed with an easy-going California Cool aesthetic, the Santa [...]

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Riviera Home Designed by Jeff Shelton

There’s a reason Annie and Paul de Bruyn Kops use the word “magical” to describe their Riviera home. With artisanal features like sculpted stucco walls and handcrafted tiles, the three-thousand square foot space feels like a gigantic work of art.     This makes perfect sense since Annie was a longtime art instructor at Cold Spring School. [...]

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Ensberg Jacobs Design Montecito Mid-Century

Conservation, a key sustainability concept, focuses on reuse of existing structures and materials.  As a classic Southern California mid-century ranch house built in 1960 with stunning ocean views and “good bones”, this home in Montecito was worthy of conservation.      In addition, many more sustainable concepts were applied to improve energy efficiency, maintenance costs, function, and [...]

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DesignARC Riviera Mediterranean

Situated on a 3.5 acre, oak-studded ridge atop Santa Barbara's Riviera, the Greene Compound is a 6,500 square foot custom residence with guest house and pool. The home is rustic Mediterranean in style and blends integral color plaster walls with Santa Barbara sandstone, cedar board and batt.     Large windows and sliding pocket doors merge interior and [...]

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DesignARC Hope Ranch Mediterranean

Returning from the East Coast, the owners of this Hope Ranch home came to California with the desire to build a home that blended into Santa Barbara’s Mediterranean environment. They envisioned a house with a traditional exterior, but whose interiors were spare and sleek, reminiscent of a modern, New York loft. Leonard Unander Associates was [...]

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Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects Design Coastal Retreat

The primary residence was built in 1993 and the homeowner worked with NMA Architects on a interior remodel that was completed in 2011. Concurrent with the remodel, NMA developed plans for a new residence on the adjacent narrow lot, to be used as a guest house. Recently completed, this compound is now the ideal getaway [...]

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Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects

Established in 2003, NMA Architects is located in the seaside community of Carpinteria, California. Each project, from small-scale renovations to custom homes, is approached with a passion for the art of design and a commitment to a quality built environment.       Andy Neumann, Dave Mendro, and Mary Andrulaitis have collaborated together for nearly 25 years, formalizing their [...]

DesignARC Riviera Modern

DesignARC replaced a run-down and aging duplex with two modern homes. Although the unique creek-side site proposed significant challenges, the clients wanted to rebuild on the lush Riviera hillside. The challenges presented were ultimately overcome through a thorough and careful study of site conditions.     With an extremely efficient use of space and strategic placement of windows [...]

Montecito Dwelling by DesignARC

The owners of this 1960's single-story ranch house desired a fresh take on their out-dated, well-worn Montecito residence. Hailing from Toronto Canada, the couple is at ease in urban, loft-like spaces and looked to create a pared-down dwelling that could become their home.     As a remodel, the objective was to re-configure the extant floor plan completely [...]

DesignARC’s Greenworth House

The Greenworth House project came to DesignARC after having suffered numerous ill-conceived modifications over several decades. The floor plan of this modest single-story Montecito ranch house lacked livability and had lost all of its original and essential connection with the outdoors. Recognizing great potential in the house, a plan was developed to restore the dwelling [...]

Ferguson-Ettinger Architects, Inc.

Established in 1990, Ferguson-Ettinger Architects, Inc. designs projects that are site sensitive, whether urban or rural, drawing inspiration from its immediate context and their commitment to sustainable architecture. Their projects include residential, commercial and institutional, and are firmly bound to the firm’s desire to form a seamless and harmonious relationship with the land.     For the Ferguson-Ettinger [...]

Ferguson-Ettinger Architects Panel House

Completed in 2010, this modern, sustainable Montecito home features innovative building techniques, including tilt-up concrete walls, ventilated rain-screen wall panels, fully integrated solarvoltaic panels, and an underground cistern for collecting rainwater.     The house is oriented south with large overhangs to maximize solar heat gain in the winter and keep the interior cool in the summer.     The floor [...]