ANACAPA architecture's vista house frames mountains of montecito, california

ANACAPA architecture's vista house frames mountains of montecito, california

vista residence: a contemporary renovation


Hidden among the rolling hills of Montecito, California, this 1970s-built Vista Residence has undergone a contemporary transformation by ANACAPA Architecture. Tasked with the challenge of infusing a bold new program within a modest budget, the design team collaborated closely with the client to breathe fresh life into this residence, modernizing the interiors and opening them outward to the natural surroundings and mountain views beyond. Today, this renovated home honors simple and modern design, with a special emphasis on framing the layered views of the Santa Ynez mountains through full-height glass openings.

anacapa architecture montecito californiaimages © Erin Feinblatt | @erinfeinblatt



anacapa organizes gathering spaces indoor and out


The essence of the Vista Residence’s transformation lies in the strategic approach by the team at ANACAPA Architecture. The remodel carefully retained the home’s existing footprint and structure, a nod to its historical context, while unleashing a complete re-imagination of the interior floor plan. The architects focused on creating inviting gathering spaces, both indoors and out. Between the wings of the house, a welcoming fire pit encourages outdoor living with a warm, open-air gathering space.

anacapa architecture montecito california



redefining the material palette


One of the most important elements of the Vista Residence is its relationship with the natural surroundings of Montecito, California. ANACAPA Architecture redefined the original material palette to accentuate the natural tones and textures of the landscape. The original board-and-batten wood siding made way for the charred shou sugi ban cedar cladding, a choice that architect Dan Weber praises for its harmony with the native Californian scenery, where the oak trees’ canopy stands in dark forest green contrast.


Inside, concrete floors elegantly extend to the outdoors, harmonizing with anodized aluminum-and-glass sliding doors, creating a strong connection to the mesmerizing landscape. Complementing this design, a sleek standing-seam metal roof now crowns the home, preserving its minimalist aesthetic.

anacapa architecture montecito california



Within the Vista Residence, the transformation by ANACAPA goes beyond the structural. Interior surfaces, once covered with carpets, vinyl flooring, and wood, have taken on a luminous and contemporary atmosphere through the use of concrete and smooth gypsum siding. The removal of dropped ceilings has unveiled the wooden ceiling structure, now painted white to expand the interiors. Formerly fragmented spaces have been merged, with several small bedrooms combined into a spacious main suite. The bathroom suite has also been expanded, while interior partition walls have been removed to create a large, singular space.

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anacapa architecture montecito california




project info:


project title: Vista Residence

architecture: ANACAPA Architecture | @anacapa_architecture

location: Montecito, California

lead architect: Dan Weber

project manager: Jose Sanchez

interior designer: Bailey Peace

builder/general contractor: Richard Scibird

structural engineer: Ashley & Vance Engineering

interior, landscape, lighting design: Bailey Peace Design (Kelli Bailey and Betsy Peace)

cabinetry: Armony

photography: © Erin Feinblatt | @erinfeinblatt

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