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NMA Architects Coastal Retreat in Carpinteria

The owner’s list of requirements when developing this stunning property on the bluffs of Carpinteria included bedrooms for the couple’s grown sons, well-appointed guest quarters, a tennis court, swimming pool and multiple spaces for entertaining.




Architect Mary Andrulaitis says. “Though the property is over 4 acres, there were a lot of constraints on the site. The challenge was to design the new house so that it wouldn’t feel as big as it is.”  Set high on a bluff above the ocean, the original home, a board-and-batten cottage dating from the 1940s, provided design inspiration for the project.

Andrulaitis devised ways to suggest that the house had been added to over time. The two-story core consists of the living room, dining room, kitchen and family room, and a master suite upstairs. At one end are bedrooms for the couple’s grown children, and on the other is a private guest suite.





A stone-paved courtyard opens to a  gallery, highlighted by paintings by Joan Mitchell. Two stone fireplaces were placed on opposing sides of the living room.  “Scale was important,” says Andrulaitis, who collaborated with partner Andy Neumann, as well as interior designer Tom Stringer on the design. “The fireplaces are grand but not too oversized, and feature cast bronze grape vines by Elena Colombo.” The large abstract painting, by artist Cecily Brown, adds a splash of color to the neutral palette.





In keeping with the concept that the home should look as though it had been added to throughout generations, the materials and palette change subtly between the spaces. The family bedrooms are contemporary, while the guest wing has more traditional interiors.




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Pieces from the couple’s collection (antique doors from Turkey and an Assyrian chest in the master bedroom) mixed with contemporary art and furnishings add interest to the interiors.





French doors open to a series of outdoor patio spaces, providing a seamless transition.




The lap pool features a teak folly designed by the architects that was manufactured in Indonesia and reassembled on the property. The lush garden areas, designed by Sydney Baumgartner and Scott Menzell provide a sound buffer from road noise.





“The entire project was a real team effort from beginning to end, including the great craftsmanship of Paul Franz Construction’s team,” says Mary Andrulaitis. “I feel the result really addresses the clients’ desire for a home and property that suits their needs, from intimate to large gatherings, right down to curling up barefoot on the sofa to read a book. It is the epitome of comfortable elegance.”

Photography/Ciro Coelho


NMA is an architectural studio rooted in the sleepy seaside town of Carpinteria California, just a few short miles south of Santa Barbara. NMA is a diverse team of talented people who love what they do. We’re a passionate, down-to-earth group who continually push ourselves as well as our clients while remaining collaborative and flexible along the way. Our work spans from small-scale remodels to multi-million dollar projects, but regardless of size, we apply our trusted approach to each and every one of them.


888 Linden Avenue. Carpinteria California 93013

805.684.8885 / email:

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