Originally a near tear-down saddled with unresolved land use issues, this small-by-santa-barbara-standards beach house sits next to a world famous point break that more than justified the years-long effort involved in achieving its current form. Designed on a restrained scale with a ship-builder’s mindset, it is filled with precision cabinetry, built-in furniture, and custom artisanal details that draw from both Scandinavian and French Colonial style influences. With heaps of natural light, a wide-open plan, and a close connection to the outdoor spaces, it lives much bigger than it is while creating minimal impact on a precious marine ecosystem.
To read more about the process and the artisans involved in the build, see our previous posts on Art+Architecture here and here
carpinteria, ca | images Kurt Jordan Photography
Limestone fire pit anchors this seating area, one of many outdoor “rooms”
The beach boardwalk is made from grey-washed western red cedar.
Fireside view of the world-famous point break.
The non-traditionally scaled board and batten exterior and doors were inspired by a trip to Sweden.
Living area suffused with light from oversized awning windows
Built-in banquette, butted board walls and ceiling, and awning windows in the breakfast nook
Great room with view to main entry
Butler’s kitchen provides more prep space, freeing up a portion of the oversized island for guests. Vintage Parisian bistro mirror further opens up the space.
Custom build entertainment cabinet and pocket doors in the great room
Hallway leads to guest bedroom and past interior bank of windows
Master bathroom with quartzite floor and basin, Heath wall tiles, and sunken mirrors
Quiet corner in the guest bedroom
Sleeping alcove in the guest bedroom with butted board, blue-stained panelling and built-in under-bed storage
The guest bathroom features and extra-long brass shower extension for washing sandy dogs outdoors
Ready for a good swell