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Ferguson-Ettinger Architects, Inc.

Established in 1990, Ferguson-Ettinger Architects, Inc. designs projects that are site sensitive, whether urban or rural, drawing inspiration from its immediate context and their commitment to sustainable architecture. Their projects include residential, commercial and institutional, and are firmly bound to the firm’s desire to form a seamless and harmonious relationship with the land.



For the Ferguson-Ettinger firm, each project they take on is unique, forging together the use of indigenous and raw materials with rigorous attention to detail 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. We are involved in all stages of design and building to ensure that our projects are realized to their fullest potential,” state Pamela and Brett Ettinger, the husband-and-wife team.  They are both involved in the process, from design to completion, to ensure that their clients and projects receive their utmost attention.

Pamela Ettinger offers interior design expertise and also designs and imports one-of-a-kind silk and wool carpets for site specific installations for many of her clients.


 Carpinteria home



Floating above the oak tree canopy on a steep and narrow hillside lot, the cantilevered main floor of this home features a loft-like, open living area surrounded by floor to ceiling operable glass panels that provide a thin veil between interior and exterior space.




With panels open, the space is transformed into an outdoor living terrace, reinforcing the home’s integral relationship with the site; the sky, the mountains, and the city beyond.

Completed in 2002, the home features an open living area with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths.




Major building materials include exposed concrete walls, integrally colored smooth cement plaster, stained mahogany veneer plywood panels, dual-glazed windows and sliding doors, and custom-milled redwood curved siding at the lower level guest rooms. Interior finishes include smooth, glazed drywall, stained concrete floors, and stained Douglas fir plywood cabinets.



The main level above is constructed upon an exposed, stained concrete floor deck, cantilevered on all sides with integrated radiant heat throughout. In the center of the home is a sculptural exterior stair and entry court which separates the main living area from the private sleep and work areas and is nestled within the canopy of coastal live oaks. The open living area, which includes kitchen, dining, and a core element with powder room and storage, is located at the northeast, exposed portion of the site and affords dramatic 270 degree views of the city and mountains beyond.

A concrete bridge anchors the floating structure to the site and connects guest parking to the dark-stained mahogany entry wall panels.



A remodel on a Montecito home represents their commitment to designing quality homes that incorporate green elements. The existing house, built in 1973, was approximately 1200 sq. ft. with a small carport. The remodel included a 340 sq. ft. addition, a new 2-car garage, a new entry and living room addition with higher ceilings to capture views of the mountains and expand the spatial dynamic of the modest sized home.




The house was remodeled throughout with the creation of new master suite and bath featuring an over sized cement plaster shower that opens to the garden. Green attributes include bamboo flooring, low VOC paints and finishes, dual-glazing on windows and sliders and passive solar design elements using large roof overhangs and expanses of north-facing glass.


Ferguson-Ettinger Architects projects are sustainable, integrated with the land, and crafted with detail and care to celebrate the art of building. The firm’s primary focus has been custom single family homes during the past 17 years. Commercial projects include several banks in Oklahoma and Missouri and retail stores for Virgin Records.


29 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA

805.899.9171  email:

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