Posts Tagged ‘mid century real estate santa barbara’

Mid-Century Renovation in Mission Canyon – Nick Noyes, AIA

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

 Renowned San Francisco architect Nick Noyes started renovating from the ground up on this 1956 Ranch home . He began by repairing the plumbing, electrical and foundation prior to addressing the most important issue lingering over the property. In Noyes’ words, the house originally ” featured a cookie-cutter design and had no relationship with the site.”  He was quickly able to transform this and help create a unity between not only each room inside the house; (through the removal of two small rooms, creating a longer ‘central space’), but also between the home and its surrounding native environment.

[Noyes was able to do this through] -the use of simple materials such as Sheetrock, clear anodized aluminum windows and doors, modest details, and a wood-framed structure. Reveals incorporated into the walls give the owners a composition of blank “canvases” on which to explore color and texture. 

-Allison Milionis of ‘Architectural Record’

Founded in 1992 the nationally and internationally published and award-winning firm of Nick Noyes concentrates on new residential construction and residential renovations. The firm is noted for consistently producing work that is both rich in formal clarity and expressive of the material nature of construction.

 If you have any questions regarding this home or others like it in the greater Santa Barbara area, contact Josiah Hamilton at 805.284.8835 or email [email protected]





Peter Edwards Designed 1956 Mid Century Modern in Montecito

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Built in 1956 and Designed by Peter Edwards this Mid Century Montecito home recently sold for $3.3M, I was reluctant to share this as its pretty dated inside, but I am praying the new LA owners bring it up to speed, preserving the great Mid Century vibe of the house. Sited on 2.8 acres of extraordinary gardens surround this original Peter Edwards designed home, the home consists of 3 beds and office or 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, large study and enormous library/studio. A romantic guest house lies across a footbridge over a creek, currently a wonderful studio. The magnificent grounds feature hundreds of specimen trees, koi ponds, streams and waterfalls.

2.8 acres

4733 sq ft
3 beds
5 baths

Architect Peter Edward of Edwards Pitman – here is a little cool history on the Architect

The founders of the firm, Peter Edwards and John Pitman, were natives of Santa Barbara and the fathers of both men were also architects.  Peter Edwards’s father, William Albert Edwards, formed the firm of Edwards-Plunkett with Joseph Plunkett in 1928.  Their work included the Arlington Theatre and the Santa Barbara Airport Terminal, and their residential work helped shape the city’s Mediterranean architectural style. John Pitman’s father, Richard Hickman Pitman, was an associate of James Osborn Craig, architect of the El Paseo and the Hoffman House.

In the Beginning

Peter Edwards and John Pitman founded Edwards-Pitman in 1957.  Unlike today, they were one of only a few architectural firms in Santa Barbara and although small in size, they managed to acquire major work throughout the city. In time, the firm grew in popularity in commercial development and hired Richard Redmond in 1979. By the mid 90’s, Richard took the reins and headed nearly all design coming through the firm; in 1998 he became a partner.

As the founders retired, Richard Redmond has enjoyed the firm’s continued success and contributes consistently to the exquisite architectural landscape of the American Riviera and beyond.  Richard is now the owner and principal at Edwards-Pitman Architects.

AB Design Studio Resurrects Mid-Century Modern in the Santa Barbara Foothills

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Exeter Place: Literally built ‘on’ the hillside, this project is a classic mid-century modern Santa Barbara house built in the mid 1950’s. The original house had been designed, built and occupied by the original architect, Noel Cook, and changed hands in 2006.

Our client loved the mid-century modern style and spent 8 months in Scandinavia living in the culture that helped spawn the movement. They came to us with three requests: 1) update the building to current standards of finish and space, 2) add more square footage for themselves and their family, and 3) keep the same charm and aesthetic of the original mid-century modern style.

The first thing we did was remove the wall between the existing kitchen and the living room to open up the floor plan and take advantage of the amazing ocean views from the new great room. Next, we designed a new stair to connect the upper level to the lower level and then completely re-thought the lower level. As opposed to adding a top floor or pushing out the footprint, we were able to create a spacious master suite on the lower level maintaining the existing bedrooms above for family.

Our design includes a new roof and new exterior finishes in the same mid-century modern style. We are adding new deck space for the lower level and a new cable rail system for the balconies around the house. Every room will have been remodeled and updated keeping the same post-and-beam aesthetic and most importantly the tongue-and-groove roof/ceiling for the upper floor.

This project is currently under construction and will complete in 2008.

AB design studio is a full service architecture firm. We provide world class high quality architectural services to our clients. We manage a collaborative process for ideas and concepts to create valuable products that exceed all expectations. AB design studio believes in the future. We believe in our opportunity to make a difference in the world through architecture.

AB Design Studio
Josh Blummer and Clay Aurell
805 963 2100

All Photography by Ciro Coehlo.