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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 to that which it once aspired.



The objective was to reconfigure the floor plan within the existing footprint – minimizing costly additions, city approvals and extensive demolition. With a strategy of rescue, over reconstruction, the new work was done within a framework of sustainability.

Limited to the addition of a garage wing, the intervention relieved the guest entry from auto circulation, while creating a protected court that became a private outdoor entertaining area.



Re-establishing organization to the interior spaces, a new entry gallery separates the two wings of the house. The master suite, as well as two bedrooms and a bathroom, are located in the more private, east side of the house, while the west side is dedicated to the public living and guest room areas.



The updated exterior materials include a standing-seam metal roof, fire-retardant board-and-batten siding accentuated with wide horizontal panels, and slatted redwood sunshades.




The living spaces incorporate fully pocketing, sliding glass doors that open to the south and west facing backyard – recreating the lost, however important, relationship with the outdoors and the mild Santa Barbara climate.




The neutral gray color scheme highlights the client’s art collection and modern furnishings.




The DesignARC Philosophy
We believe architecture, at its core, is a dialogue. It is a building or space that is telling you something, making you feel a certain way or reacting to a specific human need. We celebrate and nurture dialogue between art and science, structure and emotion, material and context, environment and shelter, and between ourselves and our clients.”

Within these conversations, contrasts and relationships is where we find the new perspectives, evocative thinking and meaningful ideas that lead us to informed, insightful architecture.


DesignARC Santa Barbara
29 West Calle Laureles, Santa Barbara, California 93105
805 687 1525



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