This project is a remodel of a 3000 sq. ft beachfront home in Montecito, CA. The original structure, a typical cottage built in the 1930’s did not provide the environmental accountability that the residents desired. This serves as their second residence, and therefore they wanted it to have as little environmental impact as possible, while maintaining a high comfort level and bringing the outside in.

In order to achieve this, solar panels heat the water that circulates through radiant tubing in the floors to heat the house, and the photovoltaic panels on the roof convert heat to energy, sending energy back to the power company during the week and sustaining the family’s energy needs on the weekends. Most of the exterior surfaces are glazed and coated with a UV repellent finish to prevent solar gain and heat loss. The wood used throughout the house is certified sustainably harvested by the Forest Stewardship Council. Transform windows circulate air through the house, eliminating the need for a forced air system, and the moisture sensitive roof opens and closes depending on the weather.

The end result: A home that is environmentally conscience, comfortable and has an active relationship with the outdoors; qualities and requirements that reflect the family’s ethos.

Location: Montecito, CA Completed: 2003



  • Web MD, Featuring Hall Residence, 02/09


  • The Hollywood Reporter, February, featuring the Stradella Residence & Hall Residence
  • Santa Barbara Magazine, June-July, featuring the Hall Beach House


  • Mother Earth News, August/September, featuring the Hall Beach House Download PDF