Frames and footings are being built for The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, CA.
Project Team: DMHA Architecture, AvroKO, RRM, True Nature, Ann Kale Associates.
Drone shots courtesy of Northstar Development & Construction, General Contractor.
We are excited to see two of our downtown infill residential projects under construction across the street from one another!
The first is our East De La Guerra Mixed Use project with KIBO Group and Cearnal Collective (check out these renderings). This project will bring 26 new rental units to the downtown core while restoring the historic home of the Ygnacio family; descendants of the notable Santa Barbarian and Chumash womxn Maria Ygnacia.
The second is our 800 Santa Barbara Street Mixed Use project with HBA Architects and JDC Construction and Development Group This three story development will bring 23 new housing units to the downtown core while preserving the original East-West brick paseo.
view of 800 Santa Barbara Street to 214-226 East De La Guerra
214-226 East De La Guerra
Left: Scaffolding at the new elevator tower | Right: Historic home of Maria Ygnacia to be restored
landscape fabric installed at built-in planters | plants coming soon!
800 Santa Barbara Street
JDC Group begins construction at 800 Santa Barbara Street
existing olive trees to be relocated on site
Excavation and grading are underway for The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, CA.
Project Team: DMHA Architecture, AvroKO, RRM, True Nature. Drone shots courtesy of Northstar Development & Construction, General Contractor.
Located across from Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden for over 60 years, Unity of Santa Barbara is an integral part of the Santa Barbara community. We recently had the pleasure of working with Unity on the renovation of their downtown campus. CJM::LA worked closely with both the Unity leadership team and congregation to develop a new design for their “front yard” space. What was once a traditional lawn with limited event capacity is now a beautiful courtyard suitable not only for outdoor services, but also weddings and other community events. Thank you to Allscape Design + Installation for an incredible job with the landscape installation, Stone Concepts for hardscape installation and VE Builders for carpentry work.
BEFORE | AFTER :
Unity courtyard after | new permeable pavers, olive trees and custom wood benches
CJM::LA verifies hardscape, gravel and wood samples on site
Allscape installs olive trees in the courtyard
hardscape and olive trees installed in the courtyard
VE Builders installs custom mangaris benches in the courtyard
Construction of this downtown Santa Barbara home, winner of a 2019 Santa Barbara Beautiful award, was completed last year. This spring, pool contractor California Pools began installation of the integrated pool & spa. See more about the home and construction process in the owner’s blog.
finish grading before pool construction
pool framing and plumbing
the outdoor fireplace, a remnant of a prior home on the property, is resurrected in a new pool-side terrace
Ongoing renovation of an existing single story residence in Santa Barbara, CA. Architect: Andrulaitis+Mixon, general contractor: Hall Contracting Corp.
BEFORE + IN-PROGRESS
IN-PROGRESS: residence under construction, removed trees will be replaced with native Quercus agrifolia
BEFORE: dueling sandstone retaining walls
IN-PROGRESS: partial retaining wall demolition, lower finish grade provides better visibility at driveway
GRADING & SITE PREP
permeable wood decking in-progress, structural engineer: Hume Engineers
salvaged sandstone set aside for re-use in the new retaining wall system
uncovered large boulder will be integrated into the new retaining wall system
temporary erosion control on the newly contoured front slope
This Santa Barbara seaside renovation is in an exquisite location with breathtaking views of the ocean and islands. The recent architectural improvements executed by Allen Construction significantly enhanced the home’s Spanish-style character and gave it a new vibrancy. CJM::LA’s master plan for the site included a blend of formal and informal plantings, new small play lawn, permeable paving, ocean view deck and trellis, and thoughtfully integrated hardscape elements. The overall goal was to implement our client’s vision for a relaxing and safe getaway retreat.
Structural solutions for building near a bluff edge, as well as civil engineering expertise were provided by Ashley & Vance Engineering. The landscape was installed by Quality Tree Care.
BEFORE + AFTER
BEFORE – existing impermeable concrete entry drive
AFTER – new entry drive lined with young ornamental plantings
AFTER – hydro-flo permeable paver entry drive
BEFORE – backyard
AFTER – finished installation of Cherokee creek flagstone and slope-stabilizing plants
CMU blocks being stacked to form the base of the BBQ
Quality Tree Care installing slope plantings to strengthen soil structure and prevent erosion. Deck post helical pile footings (required due to their proximity to the bluff edge) also installed by Quality Tree Care!
The new Courtyard and TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Agoura Hills is almost complete. Architect: Awbrey Cook Rogers McGill, construction by DavisReed and landscape installation by LSCO.
This dual-brand hotel features a large courtyard with multiple “outdoor living” features: fire pits, BBQs for guests, shady gathering areas and a large pool. The new building is surrounded with native California shrubs and grasses and roughly 25 new oak trees, all irrigated with recycled water.
motorcourt with decorative pedestrian handrail (primer coat!) and ramp to Agoura Rd.
aloes with the Santa Monica mountains (beyond) & purple valve cover indicating recycled irrigation water
glass pool enclosure and pool deck underway
custom steel pool enclosure designed to complement the Craftsman-style architecture
baby dragon trees & porcelain “Sundeck” pavers by Belgard
“Palazzo” concrete detectable warning pavers by Ackerstone. The craftsman-style trellis is part of a pedestrian network linking adjacent commercial properties to improve walkability in the City of Agoura Hills
Renovations are underway at what will soon be known as the Hyatt Mar Monte. As this project nears the end of the construction phase, the CJM::LA continues to oversee the revitalization of this historic hotel with Young Construction and Steve Hanson Landscaping. This project combines layered textural plantings with historic Spanish Colonial detailing, ensuring a natural cohesion with the Santa Barbara waterfront.
demolition of the existing parking lot and impermeable brick paving
converting the existing parking lot into a pedestrian promenade and lobby placita
decorative columns taking shape!
framing the fountain
setting the mediterranean fan palm in place at the pool deck
converting the existing pool deck into a lush paradise
careful restoration of the original hotel entry
putting the finishing touches on our lobby placita fountain. tile provided by NS Ceramic.