Ranch House, Santa Barbara, California

Ranch House, Santa Barbara, California
Ranch House, Santa Barbara, California
Ranch House, Santa Barbara, California
Ranch House, Santa Barbara, California
Ranch House, Santa Barbara, California
Ranch House, Santa Barbara, California
Ranch House, Santa Barbara, California
Ranch House, Santa Barbara, California
Ranch House, Santa Barbara, California

DesignARC Architects

Completed 2009

Located in a well-established area of Santa Barbara, this Spanish-style house complements the prevailing architectural style of the neighborhood. While the clients appreciated the adapted Spanish vernacular, what they really wanted was a modern home. To offer them the best of both design lexicons, traditional materials of terra cotta tile, white plaster and sandstone are used for the exterior of the house. The interior style, meanwhile, is decidedly modern.

Large steel windows let in plenty of natural light, and crisp plastered corners make for a minimal, clean room envelope. High ceilings create a feeling of spaciousness. Limestone floors meet wide-plank walnut floors seamlessly, in a threshold-free interior. Exposed wood beams and columns along with a poured-in-place concrete fireplace add rustic warmth. These materials play off the honed marble slabs and stainless steel appliances in the ultra-contemporary kitchen.

The site is located in an environmentally-sensitive creek habitat, and the house location is restricted to a small corner of the multi-acre property. The challenge in siting the house is how to take advantage of the mountains, coastal hills, and ocean surrounding the site. Views are thoughtfully framed: a slice of ocean between two sloping valleys, a single spectacular oak tree in the foreground of an oak-dotted hillside. A covered porch with multi-pocketing doors is ideal for entertaining indoors to out, and an infinity-edge pool draws the eye out to the expansive horizon.


Design Details: Steel Windows, Limestone Floors, Walnut Floors, Poured-in-place Concrete Fireplace, High Plate Heights, Exposed Wood Beams, Bookmatched Marble Slabs