House Equipoise

Built by Mark Hudson Construction

Photography by Christopher Gilliland

Clean lines, warmth and soft glow are the best ways to characterize this renovation and expansion of an existing single story ranch house. Looking out to an ocean view from the Santa Barbara Riviera, the home spreads along the contour of the hillside, creating unique points of entry, living and garden. The interior, with previously isolated rooms now connected, emphasizes horizontality with elements such as lacquered steel, slight ceiling changes and autumn slate floors that connect every room. Rather than tearing down to begin again, the home is a wonderful example of eco-friendly reuse and adaptive architecture for a reasonable cost.