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!
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This House Doesn’t Hold Back and Embraces the Desert
May 24, 2016
Image courtesy of Dean Kaufman
Phoenix couple Thomas and Laura Hyland bought the award winning Dialogue house in 2010. Working with the homes original architect, they restored the home to its former glory. With the renovations, the couple paid special attention to the surrounding desert landscape by maintaining the rocky landscape and native vegetation.
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An Atypical Modern Home in Southern California – Dwell
February 4, 2016
photo courtesy of Daniel Hennessey
Amongst the Southern California landscape, homeowners Shino and Ken Mori wanted a home that would translate Japanese Modern design into this suburban context. The design is striking and unique, while pairing opposing forms together. From the outside, it seems to have no windows, but once you enter into the courtyard, the home is almost entirely open.
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