The Yanonali Court Project, located in Santa Barbara, CA, was among the first in the nation to be certified “Platinum” within the LEED for Homes – Mulit-Family program. The project was the brainchild of the builder Steve Berkus developer and John Nagy, with interiors by Dana Berkus. Yanonali Court is a boutique enclave, consisting of five unique and custom homes, built in the highly desirable West Beach area of Santa Barbara.
In addition to the recognition to the project’s approach for sustainability, the project, completed in 2008, received the highest honor of Project of the Year from the Pacific Coast Builders Conference; a selection process of the eight western states.
“In designing the interiors, I wanted to provide a fresh, yet sophisticated look to the Santa Barbara Spanish body of architectural style,” states interior designer Dana Berkus. “It was a family collaboration; Jeff Berkus, my brother in-law, designed the sophisticated architectural approach. As a team, we strove to mesh art and architecture, without compromising on the functionality of the spaces.”
The interior color pallet was based on two muted primaries of green and red. The green tones were highlighted with moss green concrete and smaller natural slate accent tiles. The second color selected was burnt red using Raja slate which was also evident in the bathroom floors.
An elegant archway guides guests into the great room, consisting of kitchen, dining and living areas.
In the master bathroom of one of the homes, the horizontal grain walnut cabinet faces, custom made by Architectural Millworks, offered further warmth to the Raja red concrete tiles, with slate insets. Being an in-fill site, each living environment took into consideration the balance between seeking natural light and privacy between neighbors.
A powder bath off of the laundry and kitchen, also offering convenient storage for linens and other home necessities.
The kitchens and baths feature sustainable bamboo floors, green slate back splashes and Caesarstone counter tops.
Photography by Jim Bartsch
Santa Barbara’s climate brings ample opportunities to spend time outside throughout the year. An elegant raised water feature with lovely terracotta urn, acts as an inviting space for neighbors to congregate. The fireplace beyond brings an additional area of seating where warmth and character come together.
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