2022 Master Design Awards: Historic Renovation — GOLD

by Kyle Clapham

Allen Construction

Santa Barbara, Calif. | buildallen.com

Architect: Two Trees Architects | Location: Montecito, Calif.
Square footage: 5,150 | Project cost: $2.9 million

Renowned architect George Washington Smith designed the house with its plastered walls; a steeply pitched, tile-clad hipped roof with shallow eaves; and deep-set, multi-light windows embellished with rustic wood shutters. Only two weeks after the new owners moved in, a mud flow destroyed one-third of the home, so plans for a minor remodel became a disaster recovery.

They kept it in basically the same footprint (enclosing a 75-square-foot porch to enlarge the master bedroom) but reconfigured to make it more functional and converted numerous small spaces into larger ones. All areas of the house were upgraded, whether it was new floors, new lighting, new plumbing and electrical, new counters and cupboards, or new fixtures and finishes.


1/2″ Starphire shower doors in Natural brass
Emtek “Classic Brass” Door Hardware
Isokern Magnum Series 36 fireplaces
Lennox Heating with S30 smart WiFi enabled thermostats
Weathermatic irrigation system
Newport Brass 107/15 Insta Hot Water Dispenser
Newport Brass 5-036-WH Insta Hot Tank and Heater
Newport Brass Gavin 3210-5103/15 Faucet
Rohl 6347-00 Allia Lavatory Sink
Newport Brass 1200-15 Lavatory Faucet
Kohler K-6428-0 Toilet
Kohler K-2210 Lavatory Sink

Newport Brass 211/15 Shower Head
Kallista P20264-00-0 Lavatory Sink
Newport Brass Bidet Set 1209/15
Kohler K-4886-0 Memoir Bidet
Newport Brass 1200-4283/15 Tub/Handshower Set
Kohler K-21000-W-0 Bathtub
Strata Gray slate roof
Pennsylvania Blue Stone Patio, Stairs and Firepit
Truth windows
Solid White Oak Select Flooring
Benjamin Moore Paint

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