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Contemporary surf shack provides a cozy refuge on the California coast

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Archipelago Workshop is responsible for the design of this contemporary surf shack, located in Carpinteria, a small oceanside city in southeastern Santa Barbara County, California. Originally a near tear-down saddled with unresolved land use issues, this renovated-from-the-studs-up beach house sits next to a world famous point break that more than justified the years-long effort involved in achieving its current form.

Designed on a restrained scale with a ship-builder’s mindset, it is filled with precision cabinetry, built-in furniture, and custom artisanal details that draw from both Scandinavian and French Colonial style influences. With heaps of natural light, a wide-open plan, and a close connection to the outdoor spaces, it lives much bigger than it is while creating minimal impact on a precious marine ecosystem.

Above: The beach boardwalk is made from grey-washed western red cedar.

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Above: A limestone fire pit anchors this seating area, one of many outdoor “rooms”.

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Above: Fireside view of the world-famous point break.

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Above: The non-traditionally scaled board and batten exterior and doors were inspired by a trip to Sweden.

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What We Love: This contemporary surf shack features a bright and airy makeover that is cozy and inviting. A wide-open floor plan and indoor-outdoor connection helps this home to live much bigger than it is while still maintaining minimal impact on its site. We are especially loving the outdoor living areas, offering the quintessential California lifestyle.

Tell Us: What do you think of this beach abode? Would this be your ideal place to call home? Let us know why or why not in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the same region as this home is located in: Carpinteria Foothills Residence with coastal views and Stunning seaside retreat perched on bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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Above: Oversized mirrors and vintage pendant fixture add a touch of belle epoch to the kitchen.

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Above: Butler’s kitchen provides more prep space, freeing up a portion of the oversized island for guests. Vintage Parisian bistro mirror further opens up the space.

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Above: Butler’s kitchen.

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Above: Great room with a view to main entry.

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Above: Living area suffused with light from oversized awning windows. The floor is french oak with a custom washed look stain.

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Above: Hallway leads to guest bedroom and past interior bank of windows.

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Above: Custom build entertainment cabinet and pocket doors in the great room.

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Above: The chairs were refurbished antiques.

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Above: The guest bathroom features and extra-long brass shower extension for washing sandy dogs outdoors.

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Above: Quiet corner in the guest bedroom.

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Above: Master bedroom.

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Above: Master bathroom with quartzite floor and basin, Heath wall tiles, and sunken mirrors.

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Photos: Kurt Jordan Photography

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