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Ferguson-Ettinger Architects Panel House

Completed in 2010, this modern, sustainable Montecito home features innovative building techniques, including tilt-up concrete walls, ventilated rain-screen wall panels, fully integrated solarvoltaic panels, and an underground cistern for collecting rainwater.



The house is oriented south with large overhangs to maximize solar heat gain in the winter and keep the interior cool in the summer.



The floor plan is organized around a south facing courtyard, formed by two north-south building wings flanking central open living spaces which feature high, sloped ceilings.



The interior spaces open up to the rear courtyard with floor to ceiling sliding glass panels, forming a seamless and transparent connection to the outdoor environment.



The courtyard features reclaimed wood decks and recycled concrete terraces, providing sheltered outdoor living space to take advantage of the temperate Santa Barbara climate.

Building materials were chosen for low maintenance, fire resistance, and increased building life expectancy.  They include stained concrete walls, prefabricated, integrally colored cementitious wall panels, stainless steel flashings, steel stud framing, and tempered, dual-glazed aluminum frame windows, doors, and sliding panels.



Established in 1990, Ferguson Ettinger Architects is a husband and wife partnership. Each project is site sensitive, whether urban or rural, drawing inspiration from its immediate context and their commitment to sustainable architecture and interior design.

Projects are diverse, residential, commercial, institutional – and are firmly bound to their desire to form a seamless and harmonious relationship with the land. Each project is unique, forging together the use of indigenous and raw materials with rigorous attention to create modern, yet tactile and light filled spaces.

“We practice restraint and form true collaborations with our clients, allowing our design philosophy to evolve.” partners Pamela and Brett Ettinger explain. “We’re involved in all stages of design and building to ensure that our projects are realized to their fullest potential.”


Photography/ Patrick W. Price



29 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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