Contemporary hilltop home in California gets brilliant overhaul

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This contemporary hilltop home was given an extensive renovation and addition by Blackbird Architects to take advantage of expansive ocean, island and mountain views in Santa Barbara, California. The remodel recycled the original 1948 ranch house of 5,000 square feet to create for a new two-story home with an open plan layout. Parts of the structure were removed to allow for a 4,000 square foot addition, creating a total of 9,000 square feet. Expansive glass and full-height sliding glass doors foster indoor to outdoor transparency and connections between living spaces. Materials were carefully selected to provide lasting elegance and low-maintenance. Green roofed guest house and cabana structures merge with the terracing hillside and connect to the infinity edged pool and spa. Outdoor hardscape and planted areas include a reflection koi pond and palm island at the entry, green roofs, an outdoor kitchen, pizza oven and fire pit. Elegant interior finishes and furniture compliment the home’s clean lines and comfortable spaces, providing a serene environment for living.

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The new design of this hillside estate features detached structures, which includes a guest house and cabana that seamlessly connects with the pool area, offering unhindered views of the cityscape and Pacific Ocean below. The elegant outdoor living spaces seem to worked in harmony with the verdant natural surroundings. Some standout features on the property includes structures with beautiful rooftop gardens and a koi pond that flows right into the main living area. Inside, an open concept floor plan flows harmoniously from one space to the next with large expanses of glass that captures the magnificent views.

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What We Love: The contemporary addition to this ranch house is spectacular, with walls of glass to help soak in the unbelievable views. Sliding glass panels in the main living spaces disappear, blurring the indoor-outdoor boundaries and extending the interior spaces to the outdoors, where nature awaits. There is so much to love about this home, from the koi pond at the entryway to the terraced patio that follows the slope of the hillside where a sumptuous swimming pool awaits. Would very much enjoy living here, how about you?

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Photos: Jim Bartsch Photography

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