Off The Grid House | Designer Outdoor Furniture


in Interiors, Residential

The views from Santa Barbara House, on the Californian coastline are breathtaking. Vista’s as far as the eye can see, over the Californian hills and the ocean in the distance; are almost to be expected from a guesthouse within a wildlife sanctuary.

 

The entire home was built around the landscape and designed to bring the outdoors inside. Designer outdoor furniture perfect for a sunset viewing, earthy tones of timber and burgundy, floor to ceiling glass; this is a sustainable home worth a good look.

At every stage of construction architects Anacapa and designers Willson Design approached the project with green practices; ensuring a minimal footprint and preserving the wild environment as much as possible. The structure almost disappears into the landscape around it with its green grass roof and low profile. The material selections were made with environmental sensitivity, dark walnut, unfinished steel, concrete and glass, elements that will undoubtedly get better with weather and age.

Interior materials chosen by Jessica Helgerson Interiors follow this same sustainable approach as the exterior construction.

Interior materials chosen by Jessica Helgerson Interiors follow this same sustainable approach as the exterior construction.

The warm timber ceiling, steel supports and concrete floors are perfectly complemented with brass and bronze fittings. A rich burgundy sofa by B&B Italia, tan leather armchairs and dining chairs paired with a selection of tribal floor rugs contrast with the concrete floor. These rich, deep colours make the living room and kitchen glow when bathed in sunshine through the expansive glass walls. There isn’t anything crisp about this design. It’s cosy, warm and incredibly inviting; an idyllic place to curl up in front of the fire.

"A high level of sensitivity to environmental impacts was exercised throughout all phases of design and construction,"

Anacapa Architecture

The warm timber ceiling, steel supports and concrete floors are perfectly complemented with brass and bronze fittings. A rich burgundy sofa by B&B Italia, tan leather armchairs and dining chairs paired with a selection of tribal floor rugs contrast with the concrete floor. These rich, deep colours make the living room and kitchen glow when bathed in sunshine through the expansive glass walls. There isn’t anything crisp about this design. It’s cosy, warm and incredibly inviting; an idyllic place to curl up in front of the fire.

"A high level of sensitivity to environmental impacts was exercised throughout all phases of design and construction."

Anacapa Architecture

Another element of this guesthouse that has been executed perfectly is the use of the expansive views over the hillside. Each space within the house has access to the outdoors. The L Shaped deck extends around the majority of the living spaces of the home, following the floor to ceiling glass walls. The bedroom even has sliding glass doors and access to a small courtyard. Designer outdoor furniture is placed sparingly so as to not clutter the view. The benefit of choosing smaller pieces in these areas is to allow the luxury outdoor furniture choices to be relocated depending on the position of the sun’s warmth.

 

The designers chose pieces in powder coated metal finishes, rust proof in the elements and ensuring there is no blocking of the view when they’re not being used.

This off the grid house is a wonderfully executed example of how beautiful and warm sustainable design can be.

Architecture | Anacapa Architecture & Willson Design
Interior Design | Jessica Helgerson Interior Design
Photography | Aaron Leitz

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