Al Fresco Santa Barbara – The Santa Barbara Independent

It happens all the time, especially this time of year. As the days grow long and the nights cool, Santa Barbara residents like to get outdoors. But it doesn’t necessarily require a weekend hike or beach day. Often that means simply opening the slider to enjoy a cold late afternoon or a twilight dinner on the patio with friends and family. Over the years at Giffin & Crane, we have helped countless homeowners take advantage of the pleasant views and siding Santa Barbara is famous for. Here are a handful of some of our favorite outdoor spaces with project background and design credits.

Credit: Jim Bartsch

OUTDOOR DINING: After 20 years of providing consummate dining experiences in Santa Barbara’s aptly Mediterranean climate, this outdoor space was in need of an upgrade. Framed by new beams, lighting and a taupe awning, the country kitchen features brand new plastered masonry cabinets, a cast-in-place wax concrete countertop, Lynx outdoor appliances and comfortable seating. Designed by Katie O’Reilly Rogers.

Credit: Jim Bartsch

EXAMPLE SHOWROOM: Traditional home magazine paired with Harrison Design to produce this benefit showhouse for Santa Barbara’s CALM, a nonprofit child abuse prevention and treatment organization. Built in one year, this Mission Revival harmoniously blends Eastern and Western influences and an indoor-outdoor fusion that maximizes ocean views through the surrounding oak forests. Architecture by Bill Harrison, interiors by Barry Dixon and landscape design by Katie O’Reilly Rogers.



Credit: Jim Bartsch

DELUXE POOL HOUSE: Conceptualized on site during weekly meetings with the owners, this remodeling project upgraded the family swimming pool and its 150 square meter changing room and outdoor kitchen. Pool renovations included the addition of a built-in spa, a hidden coil cover, and custom-cast concrete coping that’s grippy but not too abrasive. Inside, crews installed a sauna, a skylight and further brightened the space with a waterproof plaster finish. New appliances and a flat screen TV highlighted the outdoor living space.

Credit: Jim Bartsch

MIXED: Creating a seamless connection from interior transitional spaces to a private courtyard and stunning ocean views, the owners of this hillside home primarily invested in a sliding glass pocket wall for the living room. The top hung panels are 12 feet tall and 15 feet wide and open to an upgraded backyard living area with landscape lighting and a tile path around the home. Ellen Bildsten was in charge of architecture, interior and landscape design.

Giffin & Crane has been building custom homes in Santa Barbara since 1986.


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