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Santa Barbara's guide to what's new and undiscovered for home and garden, entertaining, style and travel. The resource guide below lists local happenings, boutique finds, travel destinations, food artisans and design professionals.

Leonard Unander Associates Building Green

LUA recently completed this 3,200 sf sleek contemporary home in Montecito with some great green building elements. Award-winning DesignARC was the architect on the project; the client was the interior designer. The home integrates a full array of solar panels, high efficiency heating and air conditioning units, high R-value insulation and door/window glazing, along with [...]


Young Construction Cape Cod

Traditional indoor/outdoor living overlooking the Pacific with a tidied-up east coast Cape Cod aesthetic. Located near Hope Ranch, this 4750 sq. ft. home was a collaborative project designed by Jeff Berkus, Architect, Bill Wolf with Pacific Architects and Dave Young of Young Construction, the owner of the home.     Dave and his family often have gatherings and [...]


Leonard Unander Associates Hilltop Contemporary

LUA recently completed this 9,000 sf sleek contemporary project designed by Blackbird Architects. The original 5,000 square foot residence built in 1948, was extensively remodeled and many parts removed to allow the addition of 4,000 square feet.     The estate now features detached structures including a guest house and cabana that blend seamlessly into the pool [...]


Allen Construction Gaviota Historic Renovation

The owners wanted to update their home, one of the last designed by renowned architect Lutah Maria Riggs, without changing its overall feeling. Interior designer Deborah Campbell worked closely with the owner and the Allen Construction team to modernize the kitchen and baths and freshen finishes throughout, with minimal changes to the exterior and floor [...]


Young Construction Montecito Modern

The owners of a 1960's single-story ranch house wanted a fresh take on their out-dated, well-worn Montecito residence. Hailing from Toronto Canada, the couple felt at ease in urban, loft-like spaces and looked to create a pared-down structure for their home.     The scope of the work included an extensive demolition of the existing 3,800 square foot [...]


Leonard Unander Associates, Inc.

Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is known as an award winning Santa Barbara general contractor. The homes built by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project.     For LUA, the goal of every construction project is [...]


Young Construction Local Restaurant Projects

Santa Barbara offers a wide variety in restaurant dining. Young Construction has been involved in building some of the most popular restaurants/bars in the city, including Les Marchands and The Lark located in the Funk Zone. These venues have contributed in transforming the neighborhood into a contemporary Santa Barbara sub-culture of hip eateries and countless [...]


Allen Construction Pacific Rim Residence

This new custom home embodies the phrase, "from ashes to opportunity". The owners’ goal, after losing their Santa Barbara home to wildfires, was to build a new one to better reflect their design aesthetic and lifestyle. The result is a stunning example of modern indoor-outdoor living with a Pacific Rim influence.     Vaulted ceilings in the entry [...]


Hotel Corque & Root 246 in Solvang

Nestled in the heart of wine country in Solvang, CA, Hotel Corque is a luxury boutique hotel with a rustic and modern design concept. The 72,000 square ft. hotel was completely remodeled by Young Construction. The scope of the remodel included the neighboring Root 246 restaurant, offering a contemporary yet elegant dining experience.     Hotel Corque provides [...]


The Wayfarer Hostel in the Funk Zone

Santa Barbara may be known for its classic Spanish colonial architecture, but The Wayfarer, a new contemporary hostel in the vibrant Funk Zone neighborhood, brings a refreshing aesthetic. Combining industrial materials, a beach-oriented color palette and unpredictable touches, the 100-bed, 31-room hostel offers guests a modern social travel experience. Built by Young Construction, The Wayfarer [...]


Alma Rosa Tasting Room in Buellton

The goal of this commercial remodel was to transform a former warehouse space into a new, upscale wine tasting room. The Sanfords had recently sold their original wine tasting room in a rural ranch setting with the intent of moving to the easily accessible and popular Industrial Way area of Buellton, CA.     Richard Sanford, aptly describes [...]


Young Construction Modern Masterpiece

Located in Montecito, this project exhibits a high degree of transparency with its floor to ceiling glass walls and glass stairways. The 6000 sq. ft. home was designed by Santa Barbara architect James McClintock and built by Young Construction. The owners of this home luxuriate in spectacular views and natural lighting from almost every angle.     The [...]


Reed Interiors Kitchen & Bath Collection

Reed Interiors is launching an exclusive kitchen and bath collection, featuring European-style designs tailored to match any lifestyle. Reed Interiors is pleased to introduce their new design partner, Michel Clair to the Santa Barbara region. He is a renowned French architect and designer with 25 years of architecture and design experience. Clair creates kitchen and [...]


Spanish Colonial Revival in Hope Ranch

A  desire to protect the architectural integrity of this home, designed by Alexander Bertrand Harmer in 1927, was one of the goals of this remodel. With only a modest addition of 650 sq. ft. to create a small office off the kitchen on the first floor and a 2nd story office space with an external [...]