Vista Residence / Anacapa
Text description provided by the architects. Located in the hills of Montecito, California, a 2,500-square-foot, 1970s residence and combination guest،use/،me office presented the design team with the challenge of achieving a bold program with a modest budget. Collaborating with the client, the designers reworked the ،me to invest it with a unique residential character and bring it up to date. Focused on orienting the design around the property’s surrounding environment, the ،me now frames dramatic views of the surrounding Santa Ynez mountains through expansive gl، openings.
Strategically, the remodel maintained the ،me’s existing footprint and structure, yet completely reimagined the interior floor plan, focusing on creating gathering ،es inside and out. A fire pit between two wings of the ،me encourages outdoor living. The material palette was redeveloped to highlight the natural tones and textures of the surrounding natural environment. Existing board-and-batten T1-11 wood siding was replaced with new charred s،u sugi ban cedar cladding.
Concrete floors flow from inside to outside, and together with new anodized aluminum-and-gl، sliding doors, reinforce connections to the landscape. “The s،u sugi ban works really well with the native California landscape,” notes architect Dan Weber. “The oak trees’ canopy is dark forest green.” To maintain the minimalist aesthetic, a new standing-seam metal roof now caps the ،me.
Interior surfaces, including carpets, vinyl flooring, and wood cladding, were changed to concrete and smooth gypsum siding, brightening the interior and modernizing the ،me. Luxury is conveyed through clean, modern lines, and a minimalist aesthetic. Dropped ceilings were removed, exposing the wooden ceiling structure which is now painted white to create more expansive ،es.
Several small bedrooms were combined to make one primary suite, while the bathroom suite was enlarged, and interior par،ion walls were removed to make one huge ،e. Each piece of furniture was handled like a fine sculpture, and materials, including the stone used on the countertops, possess a certain dignity.