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Jeff Doubet Quality Montecito + Santa Barbara Cottage-style Home Designs with Before and After Photos


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Quaint neighborhoods in Montecito and Santa Barbara have pockets and streets with small cottages. Many of the fixer uppers have the potential for upgrading into wonderful homes.

I enjoy clients who seek to buy small Montecito fixer homes with an intent on transforming them into the gems they deserve to be.

Downsizing from larger properties is a very common design parameter I hear from my new clients.

I think it is a great way to simplify life and enjoy your favorite things.




Montecito California fixers


As a local Santa Barbara Home Designer and consultant, I help Santa Barbara and Montecito clients see the potential in available cosmetic fixers that come on the market (or those they have purchased).

For this project, I created conceptual design ideas for both the inside and the outside. My client was a real estate investor who was flipping the property.

Located in a prime Montecito neighborhood just steps from the quaint shops and bistros of Lower Village- it proved to be a very smart investment.

It turned out really nice:)




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This sprawling Ranch-style home was upgraded with a wood deck and sandstone footings.

It not only made a great visual design statement, it also added a lot of new functionality for the kitchen.

Now, a cherished ocean view spot to eat and hang out.

See the BEFORE photo, below.





Santa Barbara Fixers investments photos and images



This was the original 1960s house we started with.

Clearly, it was in need of some TLC.

Believe it or not, the main two problems were:

1) it had too many palm trees that obstructed the architecture.

2) A huge section of driveway led right up to the front door.




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For the ADU guest house project on the same property, more design thought was invested.

The floor plan configuration was re-imagined so that the original 2 car garage on the left side of the structure could be restored to the original.

The roofline was modified to give the living room a much more spacious feel.




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Beautiful new carriage style garage doors were added to give the guest house the warmth it was lacking.

Designer Tip: On many small Santa Barbara homes, garage doors make up much of the facade. It is often worth investing in a quality garage door, as it elevates the perceived value of the home and property.

A planted area with fountain near the entry door adds landscape near the adjacent bedroom french doors. A much more inviting room for guests and AIRBNB renters, alike.


Santa Barbara Cottage Style Before and After projects


Santa Barbara Cottage with Arched Window



Santa Barbara Home Design specializes in charming cottage style designs.


Through hand drawn renderings I help you and your Santa Barbara architect, general contractor or handyman see the potential in your fixer upper home.





Santa Barbara Fixer Cottage



View 25 photos of this Santa Barbara style cottage fixer.

A new window package, outdoor lighting, upgraded siding, stone work, quality garage door and landscaping were some of the design elements that created instant curb appeal for this Santa Barbara fixer.






Transitional Cottage Home Design in Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara Cottage Photos



A Santa Barbara style cottage was re-designed and renovated from a basic tract home in the Bel Air Knolls neighborhood of Santa Barbara.


SEE 18 PHOTOS of this Santa Barbara cottage remodel and investment flip.







Santa Barbara Cottage Fixer





Here is the BEFORE PHOTO of the original 1960's tract home fixer.







How to create Santa Barbara curb appeal for your cottage style home


Santa Barbara Cottage Style



Santa Barbara Home Design offers initial consultations for cottage style homes.

I share tips and resources for creating maximum visual impact for home and landscape projects that seek a classic Santa Barbara look and vibe.

For this project:

Redwood porch railings, thick wood shutters and window boxes and hand stacked sandstone rock walls were some of the simple upgrades implemented. The all white exterior paint job was also a huge upgrade from the beige color it started out as.



Santa Barbara Traditional Home Cosmetic Fixer




SEE 34 MORE PHOTOS of this transitional, two-story Santa Barbara cosmetic fixer transformed into a San Ysidro Ranch style home.









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This charming cottage was developed using some simple tricks and adding layers of texture to the surfaces of the home.

Oversized corbels, shake style siding and an arbor above the new carriage style garage doors were some of the upgrades.

Stone work and a new drought tolerant landscape were also incorporated.




Santa Barbara small home fixers and properties photos



The owners of this Santa Barbara fixer home asked for design suggestions that would be simple and cost effective solutions for adding more curb appeal to their home.


In many cases, a garage is a substantial part of the architecture of a Santa Barbara home. It is often worth investing in a nicer door to help elevate the perceived value of the property.




Montecito Cottage Style Homes: Fixer Upper houses with potential.





A wonderful result on a low budget renovation that was developed for this cottage ranch-style home in Montecito, CA.

Simple cottage style exterior upgrades:

White porch columns, new window package, board and batten siding, cupola, shutters and window boxes.


Landscape design-. White iceberg roses, rosemary, sweet and french lavender, boxwood and eugenia hedges...







As you can see, this neglected 1970's Montecito ranch house was lacking curb appeal.

Half the battle was simply clearing out the overgrown landscaping.









Fixing up Santa Barbara style cottages



A small Santa Barbara cottage on De La Vina Street was re-invisioned mostly with new paint colors, yard clean up and fresh landscaping.









Santa Barbara style fixer cottages



Never under estimate the benefit of simply cleaning up the exterior of a neglected fixer upper property in Santa Barbara.

As you can see by scrolling the Before and After photos... it didn't take much to transform this home.











A new, upscale Gazebo with copper roof and finial were upgrade ideas that were implemented at this Campanil Hill view home.


The patio arbor was also re-designed to have proper height and proportions.










The outdated patio structures were termite infested wood.

With some simple design editing and beefier lumber, a high-end look was achieved.







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