Riviera Estate, Santa Barbara, California

Riviera Estate, Santa Barbara, California
Riviera Estate, Santa Barbara, California
Riviera Estate, Santa Barbara, California
Riviera Estate, Santa Barbara, California
Riviera Estate, Santa Barbara, California
Riviera Estate, Santa Barbara, California
Riviera Estate, Santa Barbara, California
Riviera Estate, Santa Barbara, California

DesignARC Architects

Completed 2008

This project began with a large hilltop site and a magnificent ocean view. Adding to this was the client’s desire to make the landscape look as wooded and established as a national park. These were the beginnings of a beautiful project.

This traditional Spanish style house has a few twists. There are the familiar materials: sandstone, terra cotta tile, plaster and dark-stained wood. Then, breaking with tradition is the use of board and bat siding on some areas of the house. This adds material interest and breaks up large volumes, making the scale of the house comfortable and homey. Between two wings of the house sits a modern glass entry foyer. At this hinge point, the different exterior materials give way to transparency, merging indoors and out. Steel framed glass doors offer views of the ocean to guests as they approach the entryway, and the sandstone floor flows from the exterior patios into the foyer continuously.

Large windows and light colors keep the interior of the house bright. Traditional plaster details, custom wrought ironwork, natural stone, and dark exposed wood beams maintain the familiar Spanish vernacular. The kitchen, banquette and sitting rooms all feature extensive custom woodwork.


Design Details: Spanish Style, Rustic, Steel Windows, Sweeping Views, Sandstone, Board and Batten, Traditional Interiors, Exposed Wood Beams, Wrought Iron