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. Pratt for Dr. Lawrence Eder. The original 2 level, 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home had no internal access between the upper and lower levels, suffered a number of awkward additions, and had limited access to the outdoor areas. The work overall work added 917 SF to the original 1,612 SF house.
The Kitchen was extended three feet and direct access to the new Patio Courtyard created. All renovation was in original style with a 20’s retro feel through the use of classic white Carrera marble tops, refurbished enamel stove, dark painted stile and rail flat frame cabinets with open grill work, white walls, cantilevered open shelves, and polished nickel hardware.
The Master Suite was an extension to the rear of the home to overlook the creek on the south and to frame a majestic Oak on the west – all to give the room calm seclusion – like a tree house nestled in the great branches.
The small but luxurious Master Bathroom with simple colors, materials, detailing and windows bring in the outdoor views, light, and air into the elegant and highly functional space. Walk in closets and a new laundry room complete the added elements to the rear of the home.
New exterior gardens and entry sequence frame the architecture and feature a large paved walk with Lemon and Olive trees. The great Blue Agaves and other Mediterranean type drought tolerant plantings contrast the new full height Garden Wall with antique wooden doors creating privacy from the busy street for the Courtyard Garden.
Exterior stairs and garden walls link the upper and lower level outdoor spaces and provide access to a play area across the Creek.
Thomas Jacobs AIA Architect and Cassandra Ensberg FAIA, LEED AP Architect are the two principals of Ensberg Jacobs Design and have over 40 years of combined professional experience in architecture and interior design. Cassandra is also an artist and a number of her pieces are featured in the Living Room photographs. Their projects include a full spectrum of work in the public and private realms.
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