Lovely Montecito Residence In California, USA

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Designed by architects Wayne Thomas, David Karp and Cheng Zhou from Barton Myers Associates, the Montecito Residence can be found in California, USA, and it was completed in 2009. The project includes the primary house of 3.365 square feet as well as a 500-square foot garage, a 50-foot swimming pool and a pool cabana.


The house is divided into two wings, namely a public and a private one. The public wing comprises the kitchen, dining area and living room, while the private one houses the bedrooms, bathrooms and a library, all of which are connected to outdoor patios.


The home was built using glass, concrete, steel and insulated metal panels. Designed to be inhabited without air conditioning, the Montecito Residence gets its cooling courtesy of an Energy-Star rated roof and interior cross-ventilation, which is achieved with the help of sliding doors and large windows. Radiant heating is based on solar panels.

From the architect:

Engineering: AGME Engineers, mechanical & plumbing; Smith Engineering Associates, electrical; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc, envelope consultant; Rios Clementi Hale Studios, interiors; Penfield & Smith, civil; Grover Hollingsworth & Associates, geotechnical

Located in the hills above Montecito, the Ladera Residence’s was designed to take advantage of the site’s striking features, including majestic oak trees and large boulders. The residence is divided into two wings. A public wing includes living, dining and kitchen areas and opens up to the main outdoor dining and lounging areas. The second, more intimate wing, contains bedrooms, bathrooms and a library all of which open up to small outdoor courtyards and terraces. The property also includes a lap-pool and an existing guest house.

The building is constructed of exposed steel, glass, concrete and insulated metal panels. The Montecito Residence takes full advantage of the indoor-outdoor living made possible by California Coast’s mild climate. Designed specifically without air-conditioning, the house is cooled exclusively by cross-ventilation. Large operable sectional glass doors, sliding doors and windows can be opened and closed to quickly adjust to the climate conditions and the occupants’ comfort. In addition, the house’s radiant heat system is fed by solar collector panels. Other sustainable features include highly efficient boilers, photovoltaic panels and an Energy-Star rated “cool” roof.

Architects: Barton Myers Associates
Location: Montecito, CA, USA
Architects: Barton Myers Associates
Principal In Charge: Thomas Schneider
Project Architects: Wayne Thomas, Cheng Zhou, David Karp
Associate In Charge: Yianna Bouyioukou
Structural Engineer: Norman J. Epstein
Contractor: Caputo Construction
Area: 3365.0 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Ciro Coelho

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