The Santa Barbara Ranch lies on the California coast just north of Santa Barbara. The land is extremely sensitive from both a political and environmental standpoint since it includes a mile of ocean beachfront and visually important hillsides adjacent to the coast highway.
The architecture responds to the climate and heritage of the California coast with buildings that present a low profile and are made up of additive components. The materials include weathered wood, clay tiles, softly molded stucco and local sandstone. Colors are subdued, yet warm, to blend into the landscape while accentuating sunlight and shadow patterns. Transitions from indoor to outdoor spaces are open and integrated often with covered patios adjacent to view windows facing the ocean.