mid-century remodel

Santa Barbara, CA


photography: Valerie Wersinger & Chris Serra

This mid-century home was purchased by a Seattle couple who had recently moved to Santa Barbara. The house had good bones and a large private yard but also some unfortunate layout features creating separation between spaces and the outdoors. My clients, embracing the Southern California climate, desired easy to maintain living areas with more indoor-outdoor connection and better natural ventilation.

Our discussions generated an early concept of having some raw and more industrial finishes in contrast to new and refined ones. We accomplished that by removing the existing carpet and grinding the concrete slab while the rest of the house was gutted to the studs and new finishes installed.

A new airy great room was created with the kitchen as the hub of activities and easy access through large sliding doors to the new backyard patio. The new master bath layout was opened up to take advantage of the natural light and access to a private deck. The teak wood cabinetry was done by the clients’ Seattle friend who came down to Santa Barbara to adjust things during his surfing trips. The rest of the finishes palette was kept fairly neutral: glass mosaic tile and stone pebbles for the master bath shower, Carrara marble for the kitchen and master bath countertops, white ceramic tile for the kids bath. For the exterior, the palette consists of new stained cedar for the vertical siding and trellis; new aluminum energy efficient windows and doors; acid etched concrete patio. All new electrical and mechanical systems were installed with future solar PVC hook up.