Looking for help with a quality Montecito small home or landscape redesign project?
Jeff Doubet 805-687-1716 specializes in small house and landscape design in Montecito and Santa Barbara, CA.
I like working with clients that appreciate high quality details in their homes and surroundings, and enjoy introducing them to a wide range of talented independent trades sharing a passion for the Artisanal Craft of creating beautiful places in which to live.
Here, Jeff (top left), consults with the owner's landscape supervisor.
ABOVE: Fall 2014 photo of a small Montecito Spanish style home and landscape- nearing completion.
RIGHT: For nearly 100 years, Montecito and Santa Barbara has been blessed with a quality selection of talented builders, developers and artisan trades.
I enjoy working with these independent teams, as we collectively create the new Classics in our area.
Photos of the Montecito Fixer property that a local Real Estate Investor and high end builder had purchased as an investment "Flip" (below). A local General Contractor introduced me to this special client and project.
Since 2003, I have been helping my clients "SEE" the potential in homes like this one.
LEFT: The BEFORE Fixer had good bones, and is located in a great Montecito neighborhood... Important for a successful "Flip".
Early concept ideas included cutting back roof eaves.
Decorative upgrades to the chimney cap, a stucco cupola, thickened walls, carriage doors, and an upgraded Spanish Tile roof.
LEFT: The original Jeff Doubet concept rendering with the various potential upgrades including imported Olive Trees
Note the subtle arch front door with plaster eyebrow detailing and thick corbeled garden wall near garage.
The high end builder/investor specified a wire brush finish authentic spanish front door with speakeasy.
Christmas 2014: Nearing Completion...
The small Montecito Spanish home begins to take shape as originally proposed in the Conceptual Design Rendering.
The future fountain centerpiece within the walk to the Spanish front door has yet to be installed.
Check back often, as I will add new photos of the more mature landscape, as it fills out.
Several months later... the drought tolerant, mediterranean style landscape for this Spanish home starts to fill in.
I specified Sweet Lavender, white iceberg roses, Mexican Sage, Rosmary, Jasmine vines.
They look great with the Santa Barbara Sandstone walls and steps.
LEFT: A new re-sawn arbor frames the arched door entry.
Spanish Mediterranean style landscaping has been planted including Olive Trees.
Walkways are currently being prepped for a permeable, flagstone layout.
If you are contemplating a local landscape or Spanish home re-design...
The real estate investor of this Montecito Fixer Flip property was saavy in investing in quality landscaping, including two ancient olive trees.
Our team smiled at the irony in seeing the actual olive trees "match" the shape and size of those sketched in the early conceptual design rendering (above).
Our unique group of guys (Investor, Builder, Contractors and Designer) had specifically prayed for an inspired design + build out for this project.
We enjoyed the team effort, and the General Contractor sponsored Work Mission Trip to Mexico- together.
LEFT: Arrival of one of the two old olive trees, specially purchased and craned in for this small Montecito Spanish Home and Landscape project.
These olive trees added an instant, sculptural ambiance to the short stroll to the front entry door.
This talented project team of high end builders, independent contractors and designers pooled ideas and specialty backgrounds to craft a high quality Montecito "Flip" that would appeal to a wide range of home buyers.
This project was SOLD during construction... Before it was completed, or was listed on the MLS with a realtor and for a record price for the neighborhood (per sq ft).
The buyer recognized the high quality of construction and the design direction- and worked with the cooperative team to add their own interior finish preferences during final weeks of construction.
Here, the General Contractor's painting crew begin a multi-step staining process on the new arbor.
RIGHT: I am an admirer of the classic architects of the 1920s and 30s... Edwards, Plunkett, and Howell. Maria Lutah Riggs, George Washington Smith, Wallace Neff...
These architects focused on the "Art" of the homes they were creating. Chimneys, cupolas, old world plaster finishes and details...
Their clients also saw the value in investing in architectural details such as iron grilles and gates, spires and lightning rods.
ABOVE: For the high quality renovation of this small Montecito Spanish Cottage... a lot of attention was put in to the details. There were on site discussions with the owner's roofing contractor- I enjoy art directing these types of design consultations.
I own this Beautiful 432 page reference book
I have referred to it many times as I look back at the artistry of construction and design by the classic architects, and as I strive to craft new, original designs for my special clients.
The book also features photos of cupolas and other charming architectural elements that a home owner, designer or builder can incorporate in to their own projects.
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ABOVE LEFT: The finished, handcrafted garage roof cupola with iron spire detailing.
I had dreamt that this architectural bit of whimsy could push this project towards one with an old world historic feel.
For this quaint, Montecito lane- landscape designer Jeff Doubet sketched a concept for hand hewn sandstone steps that lead past Mexican Sage, Sweet Lavender and white iceberg roses...
simple mediterranean plants that are handsomely accentuated by the backdrop of the beautiful new sandstone garden walls.
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RIGHT: The gentle arch top Entry Door with Speak Easy. Note the masterful way the plasterers crafted the thick wall with eyebrow?
As a designer, I enjoy finding strategic ways to elevate the perceived value to any given project.
My recommendation was to frame a new decorative wall about 16" in front of the original existing, structural wall.
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Quality Montecito and Santa Barbara homes are created with layers of complimentary, authentic materials:
Old world plaster, thickened walls, rough sawn timbers, stone work such as Santa Barbara Sandstone, Cherokee Creek and Oklahoma Stone flagstone.
Please contact me if you have a local Montecito, Hope Ranch or Santa Barbara "Old World" home that you would like to re-design.
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The Investor + Developer asked me for conceptual ideas for sprucing up a low ceiling foyer of the Montecito tract home he was planning to transform into a high quality, small Montecito home renovation.
I proposed a thick recessed wall at front door with a chamfered splay... highlighting the gentle arch of the new spanish door.
Due to small scale of this foyer, I also recommended a subtle, plaster tray ceiling detail that would juxtapose the new, 21" thick arch passage to the great room.
One of several on-site conceptual sketches that I developed for kitchen and great room interior design ideas
I enjoy on site brainstorming sessions with my clients.
On these two sketches, I study the idea of a decorative, corbeled plaster header that would subtly differentiate the kitchen from the adjacent great room.
LEFT: The Spanish style kitchen nears completion.
The Developer and his Interior Designer wife took my early sketches and masterfully picked out cabinets, colors, granite and tile, appliances...
The general contractor, also a talented high end painting contractor did the finishing of kitchen cabinets, custom burnished nickel silver finish on the range hood, and custom stain on windows, doors+ nterior doors
Another sketch, studying the rooms from a different angle.
Here, the 21" thick passage from great room to entry foyer, a farm sink, optional plaster range hood, art niche in kitchen desk nook...
The Real Estate Investor / Developer and his talented Interior Designer wife put a modern spin to the finishes of this project, and I always enjoy seeing how clients take my napkin sketches and make the ideas their own.
DIRECTLY ABOVE: The hands on, independent General Contractor puts finishing touches on the detailing of this beautiful renovation of a small Montecito Spanish Style home.
A Spanish style garden shed designed by local Jeff Doubet.
A work in progress... The herb garden, potting shed table and other classic Montecito garden accoutrements are forthcoming.
I enjoy designing these specialty sheds throughout Montecito, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria- and have recently been contacted by 2 different Television Producer/Networks inquiring about the possibility of using my work on their upcoming shows.
If you are a local, please give me a call... perhaps our new project we will be featured, soon.
The General Contractors, Investor and Designer of this "Montecito Flip" (ABOVE) also worked together in Mexico on a small philanthropic project.
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And check back often! Many of us went back in June 2015, and I will be sharing those project photos, as well.
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Good Luck to you and your family throughout 2015.
Sincerely, Jeff Doubet (805)687-1716
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