Islay Pool Progress

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

California Pools place rebar for the pool deck


Santa Barbara Residence | In-Progress

Ongoing renovation of an existing single story residence in Santa Barbara, CA. Architect: Andrulaitis+Mixon, general contractor: Hall Contracting Corp.

BEFORE + IN-PROGRESS

BEFORE: 1950’s facade, Ulmus parviflolia in poor health

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


SHORELINE RESIDENCE | BEFORE & AFTER


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

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

CMU blocks being stacked to form the base of the BBQ

BBQ completed by Quality Tree Care

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!

wavy drift of Helictotrichon sempervirens (Blue Oat Grass) is reminiscent of the ocean shoreline

installation of ‘play’ lawn by Quality Tree Care


Modern Desert Home

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This House Doesn’t Hold Back and Embraces the Desert
May 24, 2016
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Image courtesy of Dean Kaufman

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.

Click here to read more about this project.


Japanese Modern in the Midst of Suburbia

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An Atypical Modern Home in Southern California – Dwell
February 4, 2016
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the-hidden-fortress-rock-garden
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.

Click here to read more about this contemporary Japanese home.

 


Lagunitas

LAGUNITAS

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LAGUNITAS

Carpinteria, CA
Completed 2013


Project Type

Multi-Family, Townhomes, Single-Family Detached, Creek Restoration, Models

Client

MD2 Communities

Collaborators

DTR Engineering | Civil Engineering
William Hezmalhalch Architects
Sweeney & Associates | Irrigation Design

Courtney oversaw the design and construction of this property as a Project Manager with The Office of Katie O’Reilly Rogers
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