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 comfort. Wall and level change barriers were adjusted and removed to open up the spaces between the kitchen, dining room and living room.
Cable railings replaced low masonry walls at level changes. A large fireplace was redesigned for a new, more efficient firebox and allows for a more flexible furniture arrangement.
Natural daylight, cross ventilation, and dual pane glass dramatically improve the indoor environment through door and window replacement.
The master bedroom and bath were redesigned all at one level and within the existing building footprint.
An extreme roof overhang to the south was cut back for more light and view – augmented by taller doors and windows. The new natural cooling created by the cross ventilation is adequate with no additional cooling needed.
The owner now enjoys the beauty and the natural ocean breezes through open doors, while saving purchase, installation, and energy costs of air-cooling equipment.
Thomas Jacobs, A.I.A. Architect and Cassandra Ensberg, A.I.A. LEED A.P. Architect, the two principals of this partnership, have over forty years of combined professional experience in architecture and interior design. Their completed projects include a full spectrum of work in the public and private realms.
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