Eckford Residence: Modern Comfort Merged with an Idyllic Rustic Backdrop
A relaxing, rural setting that takes you away from the noise, pollution and unending rush of city life, a comfortable contemporary home that still delivers all the modern comforts, and a riparian ecosystem around the home that leaves you entranced; it is hard to imagine a more tranquil setting that the fabulous Eckford Residence. Designed by Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects, this gorgeous dwelling seems more like an inviting vacation home that is crafted for rest, rejuvenation and a celebration of nature! With distant mountains and endless greenery offering a captivating view, this Santa Barbara home offers much more than meets the eye.
As is the case with most modern homes set in such panoramic landscapes, it is the extensive use of glass windows, sliding doors and a smart indoor-outdoor interplay that blur the line between the scenery outside and the comfy living space indoors. An additional feature at this elegant home is the wonderful presence of clerestory windows, which bring in a flood of natural light and create a cheerful atmosphere. Materials such as native cut stone, copper, and western red cedar succeed in giving the beautiful residence a timeless appeal despite its more modern silhouette.
The structure is suspended above the grade on piles to minimize site impacts and to afford the free-flow of the natural drainage patterns. The landscape design includes the restoration of the riparian habitat and extensive use of water-wise native and adaptive planting to further blend the house with the natural surroundings.