Carpinteria in south-eastern Santa Barbara is one of the top beach towns and holiday hotspots in the US, famed for its unspoilt shoreline, mild climate and sunny charm. These qualities made it the perfect location as a summertime weekend retreat for a TV producer and his family, who desired a newly built home they could also host their guests in.
In keeping with the general look of the residences in the vicinity, the clients requested an abode that stylistically mirrored Carpinteria and beach houses at large. “As the owners planned on using the residence as a weekend retreat, their initial vision was also for it to be reminiscent of a small inn, where guests could feel comfortable and relax upon entering,” says Tom Stringer, founder and president of his eponymous design firm, Tom Stringer Design Partners.
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Working with NMA Architects and RHC Construction, the designers set about crafting a snug 0.3ha property along Padaro Beach that celebrates its laidback coastal setting with a rustic yet modern aesthetic.
Three structures each house the primary residence, a two-bedroom guest house, and a gym, spa and garage; the buildings border a private courtyard with a Moroccan-tiled lap pool and lush greenery. On the beach side of the home are open and covered terraces where the owners and their visitors can take in the panoramic vistas and banish the stressors of city life.