Purchasing a quality Montecito CA fixer home and transforming it into an estate quality property reminiscent of a simpler time in California history continues to be a dream for many.
For the Homeowner, Designer, Architect, Landscapers, Artisans and the talented local General Contractors that have the opportunity to create such a gem...
there is a humble excitement in wondering if we may be on the cusp of creating a new, local "Montecito Classic".
For about 13 years now, I have been helping Santa Barbara, Montecito and Hope Ranch clients "see the potential" in their fixer properties.
This "BEFORE" project is located in a sweet and wonderful Montecito neighborhood...
one of those last remaining nooks where the new generation of Designers + Artisans has a chance to build upon the magic and the storied architectural history of our area.
Santa Barbara Home Designer specializing in Old World Detailing
Hi, my name is Jeff Doubet, a local home designer...
who is fond of Spanish Architecture, and the special Montecito and Santa Barbara homes that were uniquely designed and built in the 1920s and 30s.
I am particularly drawn to the notion of Designing "Homes with Souls"...
a phrase I like to use to help describe a design philosophy of artfully crafting new compositions in architecture- using tried and true, authentic materials and techniques.
One of the kindest things anyone has ever done for me was introducing me to various towns in Spain-
The Old Country- where many hearts, have been impressed.
My friend grew up in Spain- sees a lot of potential in how I like to draw...
and wanted to help me connect my love of drawing- with a better understanding of the original towns in Spain from where our local Montecito and Santa Barbara "Spanish Vernacular" has been derived...
A gift I will never forget...
and one that has helped me think "authentically"- as I design new ideas for my client fixer uppers, or the new homes they would like to create.
As other travel lovers will attest- there is something extraordinary and very special about walking the same streets as those we admire and look up to.
Weaving bits of History in to the Future...
In this original Jeff Doubet Conceptual Design proposal...
An Artists Suggestion and creative ideas that will add Character to the existing home.
A new accessory structure, modest "Greeting" Tower, and a pass-through gated entrance: Old World details...
reminiscent of simple, historic Montecito homes.
A pedestrian scale to the new design forms...
and embellished with authentic detailing will add charm to the neighborhood.
A gated Pass Through creates a more intimate Motor Court and adds subtle drama for visitors and guests arriving at the new entry.
This Montecito home has great potential!
Please call Jeff Doubet @ (805) 687-1716
for an affordable Initial Consultation
to discuss YOUR dream.
Local Santa Barbara Designer Jeff Doubet is a specialist in Spanish Revival Designs.
Whether you are contemplating a remodel, or wish to design a new home...
I am available to help you create an original design that will stand the test of time.
From Concept Design (Above)...
to Construction (Left):
It is rewarding to see a vision come to life.
Design Collaboration with the owner included careful planning and use of classic Santa Barbara colors, finishes and details.
It's an honor to work with this dream couple who had recently sold a Malibu beach house and were searching the internet for resources to design their Santa Barbara style home on 5 acres.
It has been fun helping them with the creative design ideas and then watching them run with next steps of technical planning, permitting and construction.
Based on their well thought out wish list... I developed a conceptual floor plan that would meet their needs, and then developed the exterior elevations next.
A conceptual landscape design was also developed for the "U"-shaped Entry Courtyard, and the immediate areas adjacent to motorcourt etc.
Check back, as I will eventually post a Storyline for the Construction of this newly constructed Santa Barbara style Spanish Revival custom home and landscape.
Santa Barbara California has a rich heritage in Spanish Colonial Revival architecture... influenced by the country of Spain.
RIGHT: I was commissioned to re-design the landscaping and some aesthetic and romantic upgrades to this boutique hotel.
It is an honor to be involved with this iconic structure, just steps from West Beach.
This Boutique Hotel in Santa Barbara is going to be refined with an additional layer of classic details.
The 4 year drought has taken a toll on the grass and landscape.
Above, I propose authentic Santa Barbara sandstone walls, drought tolerant plantings, and the architectural jewelry that will bring more charm to the streetscape.
If you are a hotelier or Santa Barbara commercial property owner looking for quality, artistic ideas to improve your building and landscape... I enjoy sketching romantically inspired "Streets of Spain" compositions. I look forward to hearing from you. Jeff Doubet (805) 687-1716
George Washington Smith broke new ground by introducing Classic, Historic Spain in to the beautiful homes and landscapes he designed in Montecito California, and beyond.
I am an admirer of his artistic eye, and how he incorporated many of these authentic Spanish materials and architectural details.
His push for a Timeless Aesthetic, has become an important part of our architectural history.
With this appreciation: It was a pleasure helping a client in escrow plan sensitive ways to expand this historic GW Smith home: new 3 car garage, outdoor patio area and new fireplace. The thoughts on how to embellish the large front yard never materialized.
After the design commission, the deal fell out of escrow. The fortunate buyer did a great job restoring this home, and it is back on the market! See incredible video now.
It would be a dream of mine if the new buyer was inspired by my concept ideas... and gave me a call to learn more about my landscape + artisan resources.
In the meantime, I am currently enjoying designing another project for the Top Producer listing Agent of this Classic George Washington Smith home in Montecito. Please contact me if you are interested in the pocket listing. Set amongst classic 1930's Santa Barbara Spanish homes... it is just 4 homes from the El Encanto Hotel.
A Conceptual Design Rendering for a Spanish Revival home on San Ysidro Lane in Montecito.
This client is an admirer of the work of Wallace Neff, and requested that I come up with ideas to upgrade their home to have Old World Spanish detailing, and a new 2-story addition.
Upstairs... His + Her offices and a yoga studio in which to enjoy the Pacific Ocean views.
The home is nestled amongst a variety of old world Spanish estates, so it was important to push the current, non-descript architecture towards something more special.
This design concept focuses on minimal changes to west side of the house, with the bulk of the changes to the East, where the 2 story addition is conceptually proposed.
Transforming Montecito property with quality landscape design ideas starts with a "visual" of your thoughts and wishes.
I helped this young Montecito couple put those dreams on to paper... A new Spanish structure with a covered outdoor kitchen.
A beautiful new pool will be built where the fountain is drawn, if our 5 year drought subsides.
Per my client's request...
I also conceptually designed an outdoor dining area with new pizza oven on the upper patio area.
A sandstone wall compliments the existing firepit and a few wide steps lead down to the new proposed cabana.
The clean lines of this Modern Spanish Style home design in Santa Barbara California is the work of another Home Designer colleague Steve Morando.
Steve and his Developer client commissioned me to do this perspective rendering and the drought tolerant landscape design for presentations to surrounding neighbors, as well as the SB Architectural Board of Review.
Specializing in home and landscape designs that have an old world look and feel to them...
I continue to enjoy carrying on the time-honored traditions of home design by creating romantically hand drawn conceptual design renderings and sketches.
LEFT: A design concept for a Pool Cabana for a beautiful home on San Ysidro Lane, Montecito.
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A Coffee Table book!