A quintessential Montecito or Santa Barbara garden can dramatically be enhanced with a quality potting shed, garden house or storage shed.
Hi, my name is Jeff Doubet and I am a local Santa Barbara Home Designer that specializes in the design of these types of tiny structures.
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I really enjoy designing these types of custom sheds. There are nearly as many personalities in shed designs as there are people.
The types of special projects I feature on this website always start with a great client...
those seeking quality ideas for improving their properties, and a way to bring a little bit of extra happiness to their surroundings.
On this page, I highlight one of these quintessential projects being hand crafted in the foothills of Santa Barbara.
ABOVE: One of several early conceptual sketches for this rugged acreage.
My client initially described a dream of a new storage barn for hobbies, and a sunny spot for a veggie garden.
A recreation area for bbq's, playing volleyball and relaxing in the countryside was also on his wish list.
The best Santa Barbara and Montecito gardens and outdoor settings are created by unique teams of like minded individuals...
all collaborating and sharing their talents and expertise.
With passion they collectively push beyond a typical effort and build something remarkable.
I really enjoy working with this property investor and ranch owner. He has a diverse skill set, with an extraordinary ability to get things done.
He is well connected with his talented group of employees, top notch Contractors, Architect, and Landscape Design professionals.
Here, we discuss a new conceptual design rendering for an additional layer of texture... a meandering, split cedar rail fence and garden gate that will lead to the chicken coop.
In the background, the owner and his talented landscape designer discuss options and plant choices that will tie in the charming potting shed and new chicken coop...
and seamlessly integrate them in to the large veggie garden in the foreground.
With a year around growing season, it didnt take long for the garden to fill in, and look as though the charming new chicken coop and shed had been here for decades.
Per original sketch- the owner planted out the new split rail cedar fence with Flame grapes for an added layer of texture and enjoyable crop.
Happy Chickens, Happy Life(or something like that...)
These gals are lovin' life in their new digs- no disgruntled hens, here.
We were sensitive to their feelings, and made sure to situate their upscale chicken coop near a supple, bucolic and free range... the large veggie gardens.
Creating something from nothing... The owner and I worked closely to customize the chicken coop design to have a timeless look.
We beefed up lumber sizes, and paid careful attention to every detail.
The owner's talented team faux finished the newly finished project to give it a homier look.
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The owner has been acquiring authentic, old barn wood from dissassembled barns throughout the Midwest, and has been trucking them to the project site.
Reclaimed Barn Wood makes for a quality texture and finish for the style of project that we are creating on his property.
Here he decides on the placement of an antique lantern that will look great as an accessory to this potting shed.
A Special Day arrives, and the vision takes on a life all it's own.
Who can really foresee the special moments that will be created when a thought, a dream becomes a reality?
As Designers and Creators- it is our hope that the hard work, tenacity and persistence in overseeing every detail...
will somehow translate in to joy and happiness for those that will inhabit the space.
You never know when the spontaneity of a moment might create a lifetime memory...
But on this Spring day, childhood friends spend some quality time roaming wide open spaces at the ranch.
Here, they have fun feeding a pair of spunky chickens, an impromptu surprise while packaging the farm fresh eggs, and tending to some pole bean and tomato starts.
Being so close to the chicken coop and veggie gardens-
This Salt Box garden shed was specifically designed as a high quality visual element at the ranch... but also as a functional and useful space for a variety different projects.
The rustic countertops and shelving were crafted from reclaimed barn wood and make for this perfect place to pot plants and organize seeds and seedlings for another Spring's planting.
The shed is a safe, dry and convenient place to store the chicken feed, their hay, and the garden tools used on a daily basis.
* A 2017 Update: These childhood friends and this Shed project are now featured on pages 78- 81 of this Coffee Table Book, available directly at Amazon!
Every since I was a young man, I have been restoring old things.
For awhile I had a passionate hobby of restoring vintage trucks from the ground up.
If only I had a big wide open shop...
Little did I know,later in my life- I would be living that dream vicariously through an extraordinary client.
But instead... a brand new steel shop was made to feel like a vintage barn.
The owner had envisioned a new space for a workshop:
An area for hobby wine-making, and a clean spot to store a few Classic Cars.
With the help of his architect and a general contractor, the "affordable" new steel structure was specified, permitted and built.
From there, we would come up with ideas for adding layers of personality and character... to give it grit-
Using the steel building fabricator's CAD drawings, I began sketching artistic ideas for a more authentic Barn Facade.
I proposed a hay loft door with antique pulley, gooseneck lighting and designed old school "X" barn doors...
Reclaimed oak wine barrels would add to the ambiance of the winemaking hobby.
RIGHT: The project owner works with his General Contractor on details of how to technically add the authentic antique beams- as aesthetic and viseral upgrades, inside the barn.
History in the making...
A skilled Carpenter cuts reclaimed antique wood beams.
The Carriage style garage doors in the background are new "roll ups"... designed and crafted to look like hinged, swing-out barn doors.
They have the modern convenience of automated garage door openers.
With his professional background in Faux painting, the owner directed a very talented crew in how to age the doors to look as if they have been on the barn for a hundred years.
I helped source replica door pulls, and designed custom, thick metal faux hinges to add to their appearance-
Our team pulled it off. These roll ups look like swing out doors!
I'm not sure who had more fun... me, as a conceptual designer for the project- sketching in old "props" to embellish the newly built barn and sheds-
Or the owner, who went to a multitude of auctions, and frequents the Rose Bowl Flea Market on a regular basis...
treasure hunting the elements that would fulfill the vision of those early sketches, and our brainstorming sessions for the project.
Here, we look over the newly found goodies, and discuss potential locations for each.
The vision starts to come together...
California has yet to regulate the design, safety and construction of Fowl Housing (Bird Mansions and such)
Yet I was committed to designing a responsible, structurally sound, eco-friendly and attractive structure for the fine feathered friends who are now enjoying this property.
Note the authentic, hand hewned Sandstone foundation, 8" x 8" Old Barn Wood Post, and solid copper roofing.
Another investment in my creativity, by the property owner.
Local Santa Barbara Designer Jeff Doubet is valuable resource for your She Sheds, potting sheds and garden house wish lists and dreamy visions of what you would like to accomplish with your Santa Barbara and Montecito landscapes.
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These little structures have become a passion and a specialty for me... Please check back often as I have nine (9) of these projects currently being completed.
I will be posting additional She Shed photos and images of the interior spaces, exterior photos of landscaping and the staging of these charming and endearing buildings.
For this newly built garden shed...
A dutch door and wood windows were specified.
A shake roof, reclaimed barn wood and vintage stained glass window also add to the character of this high end, quality shed.
The other newly created elements such as sandstone steps and garden walls also add to the richness of this garden.
LEFT: A Site photo I used as a "BEFORE" image that I would base my Conceptual Design sketching on.
You can see the large pile of firewood that I was inspired to organize for the owner...
by proposing the firewood shed, below.
Here, I create a Conceptual Rendering for this undeveloped section of the ranch property.
I designed the 10 x 12 garden shed and adjacent Wood Shed to be an aesthetically pleasing vignette of structures that would eventually "screen" an area for unsightly ranch equipment, etc.
With the backdrop of new growth of this seasons Avocado crop budding... the charming new structures, rise.
Incorporating architectural salvage items such as vintage stained glass windows can really add character to any potting shed or garden shed project.
My original shed design concept was greatly improved when the project owner returned from another auction with this vintage farm window in hand.
Here, I collaborate with one of the very talented general contractors on the project-
to plan the revision, and new details...
We carefully chose reclaimed, old barn wood pieces that would add the extra character of an old building-
even though this high end shed was built just a week earlier!
The old school, wavey glass colors look great with the old red barn wood hues. Just one of those moments of creative collaboration... where magic happens.
Something to smile about each time someone walks past.
Casual outdoor spaces were designed and created with gravel patios, reclaimed timbers, sandstone fire pit.
The vintage chairs and swing bench were found by the owner...
He was obviously having more Good Luck picking at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and auctions in L.A.
Those that know me have often heard me say that I regularly pray for 3 things.
2) Great clients that I will have the priviledge to work with...
3) Special projects that bring client, designer and the craftspeople a lot of joy in creating them.
This is a BEFORE photo for the image above...
An example of Dreams coming true, for all.
A favorite photo... the owner had found this classic old water hand pump at auction.
He really made an extra effort to find elements that would fit the design intent of the concept design renderings that I had created early in the project (above).
We decided that the pump fountain would most be enjoyed at the fire pit area vs. up near the wood shed... design collaborating at it's best.
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In the meantime, please enjoy this website, and feel free to give me a call for an initial consultation @ 805-687-1716 or email me at Jeff Doubet if you would like to discuss the special project that YOU are envisioning.
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